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David Mitchell’s new novel Slade House, was just published by Random House. Mitchell’s previous books include Cloud Atlas, Bone Clocks, and The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet. He recently spoke with the novelist Irina Reyn, as well as students in the University of Pittsburgh’s Writing Program Read more...
Claire North's The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August, Nnedi Okorafor's Lagoon, James Lovegrove's Age of Shiva, Neil Williamson's The Moon King and Sarah Lotz's The Three Read more...
Established author speaks out after being asked to contribute work for free. Read more...
Children's Laureate, Malorie Blackman, has announced the Uk's first ever YA fiction convention to be held in 2014. Read more...
"Independent global online retailer Wordery launched this week, undercutting existing prices for new releases on Amazon.co.uk by up to 10%." Read more...
27-year-old Joel Dicker this year threw the publishing world into a scramble for rights at the Frankfurt Book Fair, with his second published novel being touted as the next global phenomenon. Read more...
Worcestershire's poetry project for 2012/13. It will give young people in the county 3 opportunities to write and perform their own poetry either on their own or as part of a group. Read more...
With over 7000 entries, the 2012 Young Poets of the Year Award has set a new benchmark for the competition, illuminating the growing popularity of poetry amongst young people.  Read more...
Angry Robot
The Clonefiles initiative was a small experiment, involving a single imprint of Osprey Group, Angry Robot, and one indie bookstore, Mostly Books in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, England Read more...
Madeline Miller Orange Winner
Oranges are not the only fruit, especially when it comes to the Orange Prize for Fiction. Read more...
kindle
According to an Amazon UK release, the company is now selling more ebooks than hardback or paperback books in Britain, a tipping point that we reached in the U.S. over a year ago. It took four years for U.S. ebook sales to overtake print sales.  Read more...
James Patterson
Watch your back, James Patterson. Sleep with one eye open, Stephen King. Men still top the list of the world’s highest-earning authors, but this year it’s the women on the list who’ve been making the boldest moves, led by a trio of genre phenoms: Suzanne Collins, E.L. James and J.K. Rowling. Read more...
Kindles
Amazon.co.uk customers are buying more Kindle books than print books, both hardback and paperbacks, according to the company. Read more...
Number one
We are challenging you to write your own mini anthology of poems this August! To help you, every two days poet Jon Stone will set a new challenge on the Young Poets Network site to spark off a new poem. Read more...
Mike Shatzkin
Now that the DoJ’s response to the public comments has made it overwhelmingly likely that the settlement it negotiated with Hachette, HarperCollins, and Simon & Schuster will be accepted by the Court, it is time to contemplate the changes we’ll see in the ebook marketplace in the next couple of months. Read more...
Google Books Logo
It’s finally here: Google’s long anticipated, full-throated fair use defense for its library scanning program. In its motion for Summary Judgment in the Authors Guild vs. Google, filed on July 27, Google attorneys argue that its keyword searchable index of books scanned from library shelves “passes with ease” the ultimate test of fair use, because it provides “enormous transformative benefit” to the public, without “reducing the value” of any authors’ work Read more...
OSX Mountain Lion is now available, and so are updates for Safari and iTunes University Read more...
War of the Worlds Book
In 1898, a man bought a book for his 16-year-old nephew. "Many happy retoins [sic]. Uncle Spud," he wrote on a blank page at the front... Read more...
Penguin Themed Chair
Society of Authors warns that writers would have to give up rights and potential profits to win significant distribution deals Read more...
Foyles
Aspiring authors are being given the chance to pitch their novels to a panel of agents at a new day event from Curtis Brown and Foyles this September. Read more...