Oxford University Press (OUP) and the National Science Library, Chinese Academy of Sciences (NSLC) have announced a new Read & Publish agreement said to be the first of its kind in mainland China.
Twin Cities bookstores: destroyed, damaged, spared in protests Jun 01 2020 In the sometimes violent protests that followed the murder last week of George Floyd by police in Minneapolis, Minn., some bookstores in the Twin Cities were destroyed and damaged, while others have remained unscathed but are boarded up and not sure when and how to reopen. The most destructive case involved Uncle Hugo's Science Fiction Bookstore and Uncle Edgar's Mystery Bookstore in Minneapolis. The building housing "the Uncles" was one of many on its section of Chicago Avenue that burned to the ground on Thursday night. On the stores'...
The book trade has been showing its support of the Black Lives Matter movement, speaking out across social media and making donations to relevant organisations, following the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man killed by police in the US.
An antiracist reading list Jun 01 2020 Writing in the New York Times, Ibram X. Kendi recommends books to help America transcend its racist heritage: ... To build a nation of equal opportunity for everyone, we need to dismantle this spurious legacy of our common upbringing. One of the best ways to do this is by reading books. Not books that reinforce old ideas about who we think we are, what we think America is, what we think racism is. Instead, we need to read books that are difficult or unorthodox, that don’t go down easily. Books that force us...
Simon & Schuster and Macmillan US have followed HarperCollins and Pan Macmillan in announcing that they will not attend this year's Frankfurt Book Fair.
Jun 01 2020 Larry Kramer, the noted writer whose raucous, antagonistic campaign for an all-out response to the AIDS crisis helped shift national health policy in the 1980s and ’90s, died on Wednesday morning in Manhattan. He was 84. His husband, David Webster, said the cause was pneumonia. Mr. Kramer had weathered illness for much of his adult life. Among other things he had been infected with H.I.V., the virus that causes AIDS, contracted liver disease and underwent a successful liver transplant. Source: New York Times More News Stories
The Publishers Association has expressed its support as member companies of the Association of American Publishers (AAP) filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against Internet Archive (IA), a self-described American digital library offering "universal access to all knowledge".
Cambridge University Press has acquired two children’s non-fiction titles by Dr Charlotte Markey as part of a new trade publishing programme aimed at a broader audience.
I have a clear memory of the day that Covid-19 became a reality to me. My daughter, Matilda, was five months old, and Katie Espiner, MD of Orion, had just told me two things: that Hachette were planning to trial a full company work from home day, and that Italian book sales had dropped dramatically during their lockdown. The reality hit suddenly home. Bookshops would have to close; people were panic buying pasta, not paperbacks.
How good it was to be forced to read some funny novels in the early days of the virus crisis. A judge’s lot in the Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction - for which the shortlist was announced last week - is usually a happy one. True, it is also a reminder that humour on the page needs delicate handling, or it turns to dust, but after 20 years the prize has shown that there’s still a rich seam of comic writing in which any reader will be able to find something, somewhere that’s funny.