Fri, 25/07/2014 - 14:33
Kirklees Council could close all but two of its 26 libraries as it looks to slash its library budget by more than half.
One option suggested by the council, which is aiming to cut its annual library budget from £6.3m to £2.8 by 2017, would see all the libraries in the region except Huddersfield and Dewsbury closing down,...
Wed, 23/07/2014 - 10:00
Amazon has reportedly offered Authors United, a group of writers protesting against the online retailer because of its dispute with Hachette Book Group, a new deal which would include restocking all HBG titles and donating the proceeds from sales to a literacy charity.
Douglas Preston, the author behind a letter calling on Amazon to...
Tue, 22/07/2014 - 09:50
HarperCollins in the US has signed up with Canadian start-up BitLit to allow people to buy discounted e-book versions of print titles they already own.
Readers will be able to write their name in ink on the title page of a book, take a photo using their smartphone, and then use the BitLit app to verify the book and offer a digital...
Thu, 17/07/2014 - 10:00
Amazon appears to be testing an e-book and audiobook subscription programme in the US called “Kindle Unlimited”.
Test pages which have now been taken down earlier appeared on Amazon.com under “KU”, offering “unlimited access to over 600,000 titles and thousands of audiobooks on any device for $9.99 a...
Wed, 16/07/2014 - 15:41
Rowman & Littlefield has made 28 redundancies at American publisher Globe Pequot Press, which it purchased earlier this year.
But it plans to increase the number of titles Globe Pequot Press publishes from 300 annually to around 400 over several years, reported...
Tue, 15/07/2014 - 09:10
A scholarship or foundation to assist Australian authors is to be set up in the name of Matt Richell, the Hachette Australia c.e.o. who died in a surfing accident this month.
Richell, who died in Sydney on...
Mon, 14/07/2014 - 12:02
Amazon has hit back at the American Author's Guild for calling its offer to temporarily give authors 100% e-books royalties "highly disingenuous".
It said it found it "hard to believe" the Guild did not support the "sincere" offer.
The online retailer...
Mon, 14/07/2014 - 09:40
Children's Laureate Malorie Blackman has said there are not enough characters from ethnic minorities in children’s picture books.
Her views have been backed up by other children’s authors, with illustrator Quentin Blake saying she was “probably right”, while Anthony Horowitz said Blackman was right to raise...
Mon, 14/07/2014 - 09:05
Author Alex Wheatle has revealed he was abused at a children’s home run by Lambeth council.
Writing in the Sunday Mirror, the 51-year-old said he was sexually abused by a doctor at Shirley Oaks children’s home in Surrey...
Mon, 07/07/2014 - 09:00
The Save Lincolnshire Libraries campaign, which will tomorrow (8th July) go to the High Court in a bid to stop cuts to libraries in the county, has set up a Thunderclap on the "crowdspeaking" social media platform to support the cause.
The judicial review has been brought against the county council’s plans to...