Kate Mosse

THE Plymouth International Book Festival has revealed a star studded line up. Organisers say the event will raise the city's profile and engage with all types of readers. Pulling in authors with a world-wide reputation would give the celebration a reach beyond Britain, said Tracey Guiry of festival partner Literature Works. And festival director Bertel Martin said the careful choice of writers, venues and mix of events would ensure that habitual readers and less-confident ones will be attracted.

The Literary Consultancy's recent conference, Writing in a Digital Age, addressed many of the issues facing writers in our increasingly digital age and how writers can use this technology to their advantage. In his keynote talk, author Hari Kunzru suggested that we are in an unprecedented data-rich period of historya sublime excess as he termed it. This has led to the idea that a writer should abandon self-expression in favour of bricolage. This postmodern term has been around for 50 years so why, he asked, does the writing community still resist the idea in favour of the much older

A British entrepreneur has pledged to support libraries facing the axe with profits from his ebook company, as he criticised the mismanagement of a system that "is not working".

Tim Coates, a former managing director of Waterstones, launched the Bilbary ebook site in America this week as a rival to Amazon and Apple's ebook retail operations. It will go live in Britain next month.

While setting up the company, he has continued to campaign for an overhaul of how libraries are managed.

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