A year in review: Brexit, paying interns and respect for YA

A year in review: Brexit, paying interns and respect for YA

It's been quite a year, for the world at large and for UK publishing. In 2016 we published opinion pieces covering everything from Brexit to beach reads to bestsellers. Here are the 10 most popular.

1. Keep calm and expect change: Philip Jones reacts to the result of the Brexit referendum.

2. E-book sales abate for Big Five: Tom Tivnan says print and digital sales for the Big Five might force a reassessment for those who predicted the death of the physical book.

3. 'Let them read books': why publishing needs to pay its interns: Canelo's Simon Collinson says there are three reasons why publishing should pay its interns.

4. On a lack of respect for YA…: Author Julie Mayhew answers back to a critic who said YA was robbing teenagers of the chance to become literate adults.

5. Maestra: making a bestseller: Philip Jones asks if the way Hollywood approaches its lead films can be applied to books.

6. Insecurity, fear, frustration and helplessness: Author and librarian G X Todd on how it feels to be a librarian amid the changes to the library service in the past decade.

7. A whiter shade beyond the pale: Jonathan Ruppin on the whiteness of the publishing industry.

8. A call to boycott festivals that don't pay author fees: After Philip Pullman's resignation from the Oxford Literary Festival, authors call for a boycott of festivals that don't pay.

9. Making the case for Brexit: The publishing business ought to consider its product exports and personnel imports before choosing its side, aru literary agent Diane Banks.

10. Pride not prejudice: Ebury's Rebecca Smart asks whether being lauded but not well-read makes a book more real than a disposable “beach read” discarded, dog-eared, by the poolside.