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On Thursday, the Swedish Academy awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature to Bob Dylan. The response has ranged from disbelief to delight, with some saying that giving the prize to Dylan is a farcical screw-up, and others arguing that no artist could be more deserving.
The dramatist, director, actor, painter and political provocateur Dario Fo has died aged 90. When Fo was awarded the Nobel prize for literature in 1997, the Swedish committee praised his achievement in reviving the traditions of the giullari – the jester-cum-minstrels of the middle ages who improvised their comedy, jibing at the establishment of the times.
Elena Ferrante, the author of the most dazzling and compulsively unblinkered literary oeuvre of our times had zealously guarded her anonymity. But Claudio Gatti’s revelation has provoked outrage on behalf of both author and reader.
Booker Prize-winning Indian author Arundhati Roy is set to publish her first work of fiction in almost 20 years, her publisher has said.
The three-storey 3,500 sq ft bookshop with stacks of mostly used and some new books has not just survived but thrived. On Thursday, proprietor Mayi Gowda opened his second store spread over a massive 8,650 sq ft, just down the road from the first.
Twenty-two years, a dozen strategic plans, scores of grant applications, and millions of miles of travel later, the nonprofit now publishes 30-some titles a year. Beyond being financially stable—Graywolf brought in more than $2 million in sales in 2015—the press is an important literary standard-bearer.
A group of international publishing houses and publisher associations has said it will appeal against a Delhi High Court judgment rejecting its plea against sale of photocopies of its textbooks.
The National Book Trust is launching a new scheme titled the ‘Mahila Lekhak Protsahan Yojana’ (scheme to promote women writers), under which it will publish the first work of women authors in English or any of the 22 Indian languages.
The Temple of the Muses was a mammoth enterprise, boasting an inventory of over 500,000 volumes, annual sales of 100,000 books, and yearly revenues of £5,000 (roughly $700,000 today). All of this made Lackington a very wealthy man—admired by some and despised by others.
A digital trove of letters, essays and photographs disclose the Nobel laureate’s views on detective fiction, poetry publishing – and his ‘dread’ of the US can be found at tseliot.com.
Bangladeshi publisher, writer and activist Tutul was chosen by 2016 PEN Pinter Prize winner Margaret Atwood as the recipient of the 2016 International Writer of Courage Award.
Most commercial open access publishers have resorted to a system of levying from the authors an article-processing charge (APC). Things get particularly confusing when reputed journals charge APC to help them cover peer-reviewing charges, while other publishers use the same terminology to trick authors into paying exorbitant amounts while offering them very little in return.
Spector is a tool that lets you copy typography from a book and upload it to InDesign. It's still very much a prototype, but hey, it's so cool!
In 2010, Hachette announced that it would be making “sensitive text revisions” to Blyton’s 21 Famous Five books. Six years, the publisher has decided to abandon the idea because the new books "didn't work".
From the survey’s results it was full-time authors with more than 15 years of experience who saw the largest drop in annual revenue from 2009 to 2015: $28,750 to $9,500 for those with 25–40 years’ experience and $25,000 to $13,500 for those with 15–25 years. Those with 10–15 years saw a slight increase of $250 in 2015.
In a new episode of That's Life podcast, host Lydia Vasko delves into Singapore publishing with Mr Edmund Wee, publisher of Epigram Books, and Mr Shan Rajaguru, international sales manager. They believe that what the market needs is good literary agents and more awareness about local books.
Interview with Sriram Subramanya, the founder of Integra Software Services. He is the catalyst for conceptualizing and implementing Integra’s vision in a rapidly changing publishing industry.
Bombay Dost, the first registered magazine to serve India’s gay community, has battled Victoria-era law and widespread social stigma — now, it’s facing the decline of print magazines.
Annual sales of poetry books are set to surpass £10m in the UK for the first time since records began. Figures from Nielsen BookScan have revealed that this year could see even better revenues, with the category up 15% in value for the year to date.
City-based Navajivan Trust, an organisation founded by Mahatma Gandhi, has announced to take up the responsibility of publishing a quarterly magazine prepared entirely by inmates of Sabarmati Central Jail in Ahmedabad.
The full list of new words added to the Oxford English Dictionary in September 2016. New word entries include aiyah, aiyoh, clicktivism, squee, Yoda, Oompa Loompa, biatch and YOLO.
In Kannada literature, there is a history of writers and poets taking pen names — from Kumaravyasa and Muddana to Kuvempu and Kamaroopi and Triveni. Author Vivek Shanbhag says, "Reading a work by an anonymous author is like enjoying a magic show. They [readers of Kannada books] don't need to have the magician revealing his tricks."
In preparation for the reopening of the Rose Main Reading Room of the New York Public Library, watch 52,000 books being shelved in just two minutes.