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Newham Bookshop's anti-Trump poster receives swell of support
January 23, 2018 at 1:45 am

An East London bookshop's decision to put a sign in its window highlighting it is "proud" to sell books by authors from so-called "sh*thole" countries, in reference to a remark allegedly made by US president Donald Trump, has been met with a "phenomenal" response from the trade and customers.

DHA sponsors children’s writing programme
January 23, 2018 at 1:45 am

David Higham Associates is giving a five-figure sum to support Little Green Pig, a creative writing programme for young people from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Perks' lost child thriller optioned for TV
January 23, 2018 at 1:45 am

Heidi Perks’ psychological suspense novel has been optioned for television by the production company responsible for “The Miniaturist”.

YouTube Boosts the ISNI Identifier: Creators Standing Out From the Crowd
January 22, 2018 at 5:03 pm

While YouTube's newly announced partnership with the ISNI isn't directly related to book publishing, it can greatly strengthen the identifier's role in naming intellectual property's creators. The post YouTube Boosts the ISNI Identifier: Creators Standing Out From the Crowd appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

YouTube Boosts the ISNI Identifier: Creators Standing Out From the Crowd
January 22, 2018 at 5:03 pm

While YouTube's newly announced partnership with the ISNI isn't directly related to book publishing, it can greatly strengthen the identifier's role in naming intellectual property's creators. The post YouTube Boosts the ISNI Identifier: Creators Standing Out From the Crowd appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

A changing book business: it all seems to be flowing downhill to Amazon
January 22, 2018 at 10:34 am

Amazon’s introduction of the Kindle in 2007 was followed rapidly by other ebook systems — Kobo, Google, B&N’s Nook, and Apple’s iBook — and widely-available print-on-demand capabilities for printed books offered by Ingram (Lightning Print was already a decade old) and Amazon’s CreateSpace. Amazon had long exploited price as a weapon in the marketplace, discounting…

Women write literary fiction’s big hitters. So where are their prizes? | Stephanie Merritt
January 22, 2018 at 7:49 am

The 2017 bestseller list was dominated by women, with Margaret Atwood at the top, but the Booker still favours menOn the face of it, the revelation that female writers dominated the UK literary bestseller lists in 2017 might seem cause for celebration, a long-overdue correction that seems especially welcome in a year that exposed systemic…

What became of 2018 as the year of publishing women?
January 22, 2018 at 7:46 am

Only one publisher, And Other Stories, has answered Kamila Shamsie’s challenge to publish only female writers this year. But wider lessons are being learned, as the novelist and other industry insiders explain2018 was meant to be the “year of publishing women”, after the novelist Kamila Shamsie challenged the books industry to publish no new titles…

Identity Is Everything
January 22, 2018 at 5:30 am

Publishers are understandably concerned about piracy, but the STM/NISO initiative RA21 “to align and simplify pathways to subscribed content across participating scientific platforms” has scoped its problem the wrong way. Simply put: It's not about security. It's about identity. Every individual should be in control of their own identity. Can RA21 realize its potential to…

Censorship in the Arab World: Debating Its Impact at a Conference in Tunisia
January 22, 2018 at 2:30 am

Censorship concerns many in the worldwide book publishing industry today. The Arab Publishers Association conference this month addressed the issue specifically in the Arab world. The post Censorship in the Arab World: Debating Its Impact at a Conference in Tunisia appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Forward Prizes for Poetry Open 2018 Submissions, Announce Jurors
January 22, 2018 at 12:10 am

Entries open today (January 22) in the Forward Prizes in for Poetry, with a total purse of £16,000 (US$22,175) divided among three categories of work. Writing from the UK and Ireland is eligible. The post Forward Prizes for Poetry Open 2018 Submissions, Announce Jurors appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.