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US Politics Sparks Republication of Japanese Sci-Fi Story, ‘America’s Wall’
February 22, 2017 at 2:30 am

Sometimes forgotten literature finds new life in current events. The acclaimed Japanese sci-fi author Sakyo Komatsu's short story 'America's Wall' is a new case in point. The post US Politics Sparks Republication of Japanese Sci-Fi Story, ‘America’s Wall’ appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Ruth Levitt obituary
February 21, 2017 at 10:57 am

My friend Ruth Levitt, who has died aged 66 from cancer, put into practice her strong beliefs in the public good and the importance of culture in a varied career that included posts in the NHS, academia, publishing and management consultancy.Born in London, she grew up in a secular Jewish family, the daughter of Harry…

Milo Yiannopoulos book deal cancelled after outrage over child abuse comments
February 21, 2017 at 9:33 am

Simon & Schuster pulls forthcoming autobiography, titled Dangerous, for which it had reportedly paid a $250,000 advanceSimon & Schuster has cancelled the publication of Milo Yiannopoulos’ book, and his fellow Breitbart employees have reportedly threatened to quit if he is not fired.A statement from the publisher late on Monday said: “After careful consideration, Simon &…

Milo Yiannopoulos’s enablers deserve contempt – and must be confronted | Owen Jones
February 21, 2017 at 7:45 am

The poster boy of the alt-right has lost his book deal after speaking in defence of suggested sexual relationships between older men and younger boys, but his lucrative bigotry was left unchecked for far too longThey were fine with his bigotry, his in-your-face, two-fingers-up transphobia, Islamophobia and misogyny. It took his defence of relationships between…

International Books Headed to London Book Fair’s Rights Center
February 21, 2017 at 2:35 am

From Italy, Brazil, Iraq, Switzerland, Spain, Turkey, Germany, the UK, and more, agents and publishers are lining up their offers for #LBF17. The post International Books Headed to London Book Fair’s Rights Center appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Managing Rights in Customized Publishing: Risk and Reward
February 21, 2017 at 2:35 am

Rights today 'are much more stringently controlled than in the past,' says Klopotek's David Hetherington ahead of London Book Fair. The post Managing Rights in Customized Publishing: Risk and Reward appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

German Book Prize Names 2017 Jury: Nominations Are Ongoing
February 21, 2017 at 2:30 am

The jury for this year's German Book Prize comprises seven jurors who will soon start reading. Deadline for applications: March 29. The post German Book Prize Names 2017 Jury: Nominations Are Ongoing appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

The International Prize for Arabic Fiction’s Shortlist: Strong on Issues
February 21, 2017 at 2:30 am

At a time when literary fiction has a chance to illuminate the struggles and needs of many, the leading Arabic fiction prize's shortlist makes the point. The post The International Prize for Arabic Fiction’s Shortlist: Strong on Issues appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Bestseller to Blockbuster? Books at Berlinale Highlights Good Stories
February 21, 2017 at 2:30 am

Twelve books get a chance each year to be presented for filmmakers' consideration at the Berlin International Film Festival's 'Books at Berlinale' event. The post Bestseller to Blockbuster? Books at Berlinale Highlights Good Stories appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

The Ladybird phenomenon: the publishing craze that's still flying
February 21, 2017 at 2:00 am

The Books for Grown Ups series is worth nearly £30m – so it’s no wonder that retro books for ‘kids’ have spread to other publishers. Now, serious subjects are getting the toilet-book treatment, too In 1971, a book about the computer was published under the children’s imprint Ladybird as part of a series designed to…

Simon & Schuster Cancels Milo Yiannopoulos's Book
February 20, 2017

After enduring withering criticism since it was revealed in late December that it planned to publish a book by controversial Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos, Simon & Schuster said late Monday that it has canceled the release of 'Dangerous.'

We need to talk about sense and sensitivity | Lionel Shriver
February 19, 2017 at 5:00 am

Some publishers now employ ‘sensitivity readers’ to check books for potential offence – a step that can only have a chilling effect on creativityAfiction editor doesn’t control a manuscript’s content, but tries to ensure that the author’s intentions are fully realised. Authors are free to ignore their editors’ advice. I often avail myself of this…

Hit Makers: How Things Become Popular review – the secret of selling squillions
February 19, 2017 at 1:59 am

Derek Thompson unravels the mystery of Fifty Shades’ mega-salesThere are no doubt plenty of people - but probably not as many as read the book - who simply can’t fathom how EL James can have sold more than 125m copies of Fifty Shades of Grey. Derek Thompson is here to help. The reason, it transpires,…

Ancient (1992) Piece of Science Humor Discovered
February 17, 2017 at 5:30 am

One from the vaults -- a well worn Xerox copy of the sort of humor scientists used to share back in the ancient days of the early 1990's. The post Ancient (1992) Piece of Science Humor Discovered appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

Study: At Peking University, Japan’s Keigo Higashino Is a Hit
February 17, 2017 at 2:30 am

Textbooks, George Orwell, and Karl Marx share spots on the Beijing campus' 2016 report on favorite reads among students. And digital reading is up. The post Study: At Peking University, Japan’s Keigo Higashino Is a Hit appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Little Free Library Design Competition Announces International Winners
February 17, 2017 at 2:30 am

Some whimsical, some outlandish, more than 300 concepts arrived when Chronicle Books and Little Free Library opened a competition for designs. The post Little Free Library Design Competition Announces International Winners appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.