Thu, 29/01/2009 - 08:15
An "unacceptably" high number of people in England cannot read, write and count properly, MPs have warned.
According to the BBC, the Public Accounts Committee said in 2007, 51,000 pupils left school without a GCSE of at least D-G in maths and 39,000 left without this in English.
The report into adult literacy and...
Thu, 29/01/2009 - 08:14
Borders website improved markedly over the past month, rising 56 places to reach third spot in an online retail ranking table from the Retail Bulletin.
Waterstone's is at 43, up 15 places, while HMV is at number 29 and Play.com at 35. W H Smith meanwhile was at 104th - equal with Amazon.co.uk.
The comprehensive list of sites,...
Thu, 29/01/2009 - 08:11
New laws designed to tackle extreme and child pornography could make owning mainstream comics like Batman or Judge Dredd illegal, campaigners claim.
According to the Daily Telegraph, they are protesting against two pieces of legislation. The first, the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act, comes into force later this month....
Thu, 29/01/2009 - 08:09
British actor Jamie Bell is to play Tintin, the title role in the high-profile new adaptation of the popular Belgian comic book series. Bell, who appeared as the title character in "Billy Elliot" at the age of 14, has been cast as the lead in Steven Spielberg’s big-screen adaptation.
According to the Times, he...
Thu, 29/01/2009 - 07:16
Random House of Canada is pulling out of Reed Exhibitions' new autumn exhibition, the Toronto Book Fair, following a previous decision not to attend BookExpo Canada in June.
Random House senior vice-president Tracey Turriff said the company had attended a presentation about the plans for the show, and "a number of challenges...
Thu, 29/01/2009 - 07:13
"Interview With the Vampire" director Neil Jordan will write and direct an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book.
The author, who announced the signing on "The Today Show" in the US, will produce the live-action film.
Jordan won an Oscar for his original screenplay for 1992's "...
Thu, 22/01/2009 - 08:18
The HMV Group may buy more stores from the administrator of collapsed rival Zavvi, as music sales withstand the slowing economy better than expected, c.e.o. Simon Fox said.
According to Bloomberg news, HMV is in talks to purchase “less than a handful” of Zavvi outlets in addition to the 14 bought last week for £700,000...
Thu, 22/01/2009 - 08:12
Sarah Palin may be ready to tell her story in print. According to the Hollywood Reporter, the former Republican vice-presidential candidate apparently has enlisted the help of superstar Washington attorney Robert Barnett, who has brokered book deals for such political A-listers as President Barack Obama, former president Bill Clinton...
Thu, 22/01/2009 - 08:04
Scotland's high-profile stint as guest nation at next week's Kolkata Book Fair is in jeopardy, following a series of set-backs.
According to the Scotsman, the Scottish presence at the fair has suffered a blow, as Catherine Lockerbie, director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, has been forced to stay at home...
Thu, 22/01/2009 - 07:30
Oxford University launches the search for its next professor of poetry today (22nd January), as current incumbent Christopher Ricks—the literary critic known for his writings on the poetry of Bob Dylan—comes to the end of his five-year tenure in May.
According to the Guardian, the holder of the post, seen as the...