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First Half Results Rise At Penguin Random House
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In the first half of 2015, sales at Penguin Random House rose 16.2%, to 1.70 billion euros, while earnings increased 30.2%

Fifty Shades publisher 'must set aside' $10m in royalties spat
www.bbc.co.uk

A woman who helped publish the Fifty Shades series but was defrauded out of royalties could be set to receive millions of dollars in damages

Is Amazon Eating Itself Alive?
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The New York Times investigation of Amazon's white collar workforce culture reveals that the company may be on the road to its own eventual demise

American dominance of Man Booker Prize longlist 'confirms worst fears'
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The number of British contenders is halved to just three while American authors lead the field in the second year since the rules changed


Opinion

The Digital Debate Is Done, And The Reading Public Are The Winners
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The ebook debate has moved on from zealots versus luddites – and has empowered readers

Should Publishing Embrace Misfits And Outlaws?
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Misfits and outlaws know how to survive and there are lessons to be learned from them

David Foster Wallace And 'Blurbspeak'
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There's no getting around it: book blurbs are a much-maligned aspect of publishing culture

Seeing Stars: Writers Should Not Fear Online Reviews
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Will social media and aggregated preferences sweep away book reviewing and literary culture?

Feature Items

Dagger Reads: The CWA's Digital Revolution
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It has always been the mission of the Crime Writers' Association to reward and celebrate the best books in crime fiction. As such we take our responsibilities very seriously when coming up with our shortlists and then winners for each CWA Dagger. The rigorous judging process means readers can be confident that the books we recommend have been enjoyed and rated by top crime fiction experts. But we wanted to go further and give the readers themselves a voice

Mockingbird, Inc.
www.newrepublic.com

Harper Lee's juvenilia sprouts a literary industry

Murder Most Cosy
www.theguardian.com

Why mystery novels involving quilts and cats are big business

How An Indian Publisher Brought Europe Home
www.caravanmagazine.in

Flight of the Seagull

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