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OUP responds to Biff, Chip and Kipper book 'cottaging' controversy
September 28, 2017 at 6:55 am

Publisher says its books ‘are created with utmost thought and consideration’, after Twitter user highlights apparently dubious sceneOxford University Press has moved to reassure parents that its books “are created with the utmost thought and consideration” following a social media storm over an apparent cottaging scene in a Biff, Chip and Kipper title.Earlier this week,…

Cover versions: why are UK and US book jackets often so different?
September 26, 2017 at 9:30 am

The American edition of Hillary Clinton’s What Happened looks stylish and elegant; the UK one is dreadful. But the reasons that books differ so much across different markets isn’t solely down to simple salesCovers sell books. But in the case of Hillary Clinton’s memoir What Happened, you can’t help thinking that the book’s sales in…

The Good Immigrant's editor plans new journal and agency for writers of colour
September 22, 2017 at 3:00 am

Nikesh Shukla and literary agent Julia Kingsford have launched Kickstarter appeal to fund The Good Journal, with further plans for an affiliated agencyAfter selling more than 50,000 copies and being named the British public’s favourite book of 2016, the success of anthology The Good Immigrant has prompted the launch of a new literary journal to…

Do celebrity book blurbs 'blackmail' readers?
September 15, 2017 at 8:31 am

Man Booker prize judge Colin Thubron has complained this week that star endorsements bully readers into admiring books, but it’s long been standard practiceSetting cats among pigeons has long been an unofficial part of the contract for judges of the Booker prize. Remember Chris Mullin’s insistence on “zip–along” novels, or, way back in 1992, AN…

Amazon redacts one-star reviews of Hillary Clinton's What Happened
September 14, 2017 at 6:59 am

Hundreds of damning verdicts on memoir of 2016 presidential race, posted within hours of publication, have been removed by the online booksellerHundreds of one-star reviews of Hillary Clinton’s memoir What Happened, which appeared online within hours of the 512-page book’s publication, have been removed from Amazon.What Happened, in which Clinton gives her account of the…

The Art of Books: An Exhibition of Shobunsha’s Star Cover Designer Kouga Hirano
September 14, 2017 at 2:30 am

From the Japan Times: The Kyoto DDD Gallery's exhibition of Kouga Hirano's 30-year body of work includes his book cover designs for travel publisher, Shobunsha. The post The Art of Books: An Exhibition of Shobunsha’s Star Cover Designer Kouga Hirano appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.