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Former German chancellor Helmut Kohl awarded €1m damages over biography
April 27, 2017 at 11:39 am

Judge says unauthorised biography ‘deeply violates’ retired politician’s personal rights and sullies his reputationHelmut Kohl has been awarded a €1m (£842,875) in damages over an unauthorised biography that a judge said had “deeply violated” the former German chancellor’s personal rights.Judges in the western city of Cologne ordered the book’s two authors and their publisher to…

Why Brit crime fiction is paying international dividends
April 27, 2017 at 10:00 am

After the Scandi noir boom, dark tales from British authors are making waves abroad. Publishers, agents and authors take up the caseWhen ex-paramedic Daniel Cole signed with agent Sue Armstrong, he was “delighted”. When Armstrong bagged him a six-figure, three-book deal from a British publisher he was “in shock”.But after a fierce fight between German…

Should We Stop with the Commenting Already?
April 27, 2017 at 5:30 am

No matter what we call it, commenting on scholarly publications has a spotty record of success. Despite the mediocre results, journals, databases, and third party sites keep trying to get authors and readers to engage in this way. This post explores different models and the challenges online commenting faces. The post Should We Stop with…

'Screen fatigue' sees UK ebook sales plunge 17% as readers return to print
April 27, 2017 at 2:56 am

Consumer sales down to £204m last year and are at lowest level since 2011 – when Amazon Kindle sales first took off in UK Britons are abandoning the ebook at an alarming rate with sales of consumer titles down almost a fifth last year, as “screen fatigue” helped fuel a five-year high in printed book…

The age of anxiety: what does Granta’s best young authors list say about America?
April 26, 2017 at 11:50 am

The US is in crisis - what about its literature? Michelle Dean reports on the list of American writers to watch this decade, which is as diverse as the country itselfThe 2017 list in fullIt is a strange time to be making declarations about the nature of American writing. The country’s not exactly feeling well.…

Granta’s list of the best young American novelists
April 26, 2017 at 11:18 am

Once a decade, Granta picks the most-promising authors under 40 in the US and UK. Here are the 21 young American writers to watch this decadeThe age of anxiety: what does Granta’s list say about America?Jesse Ball, 38, was born in New York and has published six novels, a number of poetry and prose collections,…

4 “Wow” Experiences at the Bologna Children’s Book Fair
April 26, 2017 at 10:42 am

Ciao bella! I’ve recently returned from the Bologna Children’s Book Fair in Bologna, Italy, and “WOW” is the best expression of this book lover’s experience. I am happily at home in any library or bookstore, so imagine my sheer joy at seeing children’s books from 1,200 exhibitors and 75 countries. I explored the fair over…

Decline and Fall of the Editor
April 26, 2017 at 5:30 am

Many of the finest scholarly publications can boast of exemplary editorial programs, but the advent of Gold Open Access, especially when mandated by funding agencies, may make this kind of editorial activity a thing of the past. The post Decline and Fall of the Editor appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

Press Release: First Quarter Results Rise at Open Road Integrated Media
April 25, 2017 at 4:14 pm

New York, NY (April 25, 2017) – Open Road Integrated Media (OR/M), a digital media company, announced results for the first quarter ending March 31, 2017. Revenue rose 40% while gross profit increased 50%, and operating EBITDA improved 44%. The numbers reflect changes in comparison to the same period in 2016, and were reported by…

Rebecca Swift obituary
April 25, 2017 at 10:02 am

The pioneering founder of a literary consultancy dedicated to helping aspiring writersRebecca Swift, who has died aged 53 of cancer, believed that anyone who writes and wishes to be edited and advised constructively and professionally should be given that opportunity. To this end, in 1996 she founded The Literary Consultancy (TLC) with Hannah Griffiths. It…