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The Bestseller Experiment: can you deliberately write a blockbuster book?

Mark Stay and Mark Desvaux are picking up clues from publishers and authors in a new podcast, while they go about trying to write the next bestseller

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The best fiction of 2016

We thumb through a year that saw a US author win the Booker, the death of a short-story master – and the first Brexit novel

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Harnessing the power of YouTube for books

Can YouTube really sell books? Naomi Bacon's answer is a resounding yes - and she's developed a three-step strategy to help you get there. This digest of her presentation from Frankfurt Book Fair is a must-read for any publisher hoping to improve their success with social video.

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The screenplay of Fantastic Beasts is a rare miss for the wizarding world

JK Rowling’s little dictionary of animals has spawned a huge film franchise, with all the attendant merchandise. But with the movie in cinemas worldwide, who wants to read a screenplay?

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UEL launches writers prize for young adults

The University of East London is launching a new literary fiction prize for young adults, the CityLife Prize for Fiction for Young Writers.

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Five skills everyone in publishing needs now

The world of work is changing rapidly, and the demands being placed on everyone in this digital age are far greater.

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School Zone Launches Subscription-Based Education Site

School Zone Publishing has launched the Anywhere Teacher brand, centered on AnywhereTeacher.com, a subscription-based online destination that provides supplemental learning at home.

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JK Rowling's hand-drawn Tales of Beedle the Bard go up for auction

One of only seven manuscript copies of the Harry Potter-related stories is set to sell at auction for up to £500,000

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How to get your boy reading

Boys are generally less enthusiastic than girls to spend their time reading – but all they need are a few bookworm male role models

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Amitav Ghosh: where is the fiction about climate change?

The climate crisis casts a much smaller shadow on literary fiction than it does on the world. We are living through a crisis of culture – and of the imagination

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Gods and monsters: the Bible gets a comic book makeover

A US publisher claims to have produced the world’s longest graphic novel – a 2,000-page adaptation of the Old and New Testaments

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Presentation of the first Global Illustration Awards

The Global Illustration Awards were presented for the very first time yesterday, Thursday 20 October, at the Frankfurter Buchmesse. With the awards, the Frankfurter Buchmesse and the International Information Content Industry Association (ICIA) have recognised illustrators in five categories: Cover Illustration, Children’s Book Illustration, Editorial Illustration, Scientific Illustration and Theme Illustration.

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Super Thursday: battle for UK book charts Christmas No 1 begins

Jamie Oliver and Phil Collins go up against Ladybird parodies and Danish coziness on bumper publishing day

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Winnie-the-Pooh at 90: still the best bear in all the world

Brian Sibley, contributor to a new Winnie-the-Pooh 90th-anniversary edition, celebrates the magic of AA Milne

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Rygter taler om dyb uenighed om Nobels litteraturpris

Blandt de tippede vindere til at vinde prisen torsdag er kenyaner, japaner, en nordmand og amerikanere

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Vintage to house Sarah Jessica Parker imprint in UK

Vintage has confirmed it is launching a new line of books spearheaded by Sarah Jessica Parker in the UK in 2018 and revealed a logo for the new imprint.

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Comixology Debuts Line of Exclusive Original Comics

In conjunction with three publishing partners, Comixology, Amazon’s digital comics marketplace, is launching a digital publishing program. Comixology Originals will offer comics titles exclusively through the Comixology and Kindle platforms.

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Bruce Springsteen's Born to Run races to top of book charts

The singer’s memoirs, over which he laboured for seven years, sold more than 37,500 copies in the first week on sale and are tipped as a possible Christmas No 1

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Top 10 books about old men

From King Lear to Père Goriot, Monet’s biographer chooses some of the best portrayals of men who hold our attention at an age when most writers are no longer interested

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Who cares who Elena Ferrante really is? She owes us nothing

The Italian author’s closely guarded anonymity has been blown by an idiotic bin rummager, as though she were a fraud or criminal

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Sprogstrid overstået

»Striden er ovre – to sprog skal leve deres liv side om side,« det sagde Nils Heyerdahl fra Det Norske Akademi for Sprog og Litteratur ved det Danske Akademis årsfest.
 

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Boghandel: Den enes død

Borders’ konkurs skabte stor frygt, men har også givet de uafhængige amerikanske boghandlere nye muligheder. I 2011 er virtuel satsning et absolut must for at lykkes, mener den administrerende direktør i American Booksellers Association, Oren Teicher.

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Amazon åbner i flere europæiske lande

Amazon har nu åbnet en netbutik i Spanien, og analytikere forventer, ifølge Reuters,  at verdens største internetforretning i løbet af relativ kort tid vil åbne tilsvarende web-shops i blandt andet Holland og Sverige. På www.amazon.es er der adgang til 2,5 millioner bøger, 450.000 cd’er, 130.000 dvd’er, 65.000 elektroniske produkter og et stort udbud af spil...

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Farvel til Bonnier

61-årige Maria Curman forlader sin stilling som adm. direktør for Bonnier Books ved årsskiftet, for at hellige sig sine øvrige bestyrelsesposter. Da Maria Curman tiltrådte i 2002, var omsætningen 4 mia. sv.kr., og i 2010 var den på 6,25 mia. sv.kr., skriver Svensk Bokhandel. I Tyskland, Finland og Norge har Curman gjort Bonniers til førende forlag, men da den strategi mislykkedes i Danmark,...

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Mankell er et hit

Kirsten Jacobsens nye portrætbog Mankell (om) Mankell hitter både i Danmark, men også i udlandet. Bogen fra Gyldendal er solgt til udgivelse i Norge, Finland, Sverige, Holland og Tyskland. Journalist og forfatter Kirsten Jacobsen har som den første nogensinde fået lov til at portrættere den verdensberømte forfatter, der især er kendt for sine krimier om kriminalkommissær Kurt Wallander.

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