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  • ‘By the time you get to a company that's bigger than, say, 300 or 400 people, an amazing amount of the energy that's expended is internal, it's all about filling out forms and attending meetings and setting standards and training and it's got very little to do with publishing. As an editor...

Allies of former President Donald Trump are trying to rip up the traditional book publishing paradigm in politics by setting up a publishing house of their own. And they have the ex-president helping them do it.

This year's key prizes have gone to writers from Africa and the diaspora. Damon Galgut, Mohamed Mbougar Sarr, Abdulrazak Gurnah and others explain what winning means to them

The British may not be the most assiduous readers, writes Dominic Selwood, but they can be proud of their literary heritage

At a party many years ago, I jokingly told another guest that I'd do my best to remember his name after I published a book to great acclaim. I meant to be funny and disarming, but I bungled the delivery. I came off like a jerk. This other guest was a writer, too, and an equally self-serious one...

Link: Nailing the Walkaway - The Millions 29 November 2021

Years ago, a novel-writing teacher of mine liked to ask her students, "What is the feeling you want to leave the reader with, when they finish this piece?"

A BookTok clip about Cain's Jawbone has had 4.2 million views, gained over 1 million likes, has attracted 5.300 comments and has been shared over 36,000 times on rival social media platform Whatsapp.

Link: Will Publishing Sales Grow Again? 29 November 2021

When the Association of American PublishersThe national trade association of the American book publishing industry; AAP has more than 300 members, including most of the major commercial publishers...

Two new looks at audiobook sales trends in the United Kingdom appeared late last week during the American Thanksgiving holiday, and today (November 29), we want to touch on them.

In this article, we have an interim report from the January-to-June period of this year, from the London-based...

Following through on its pledge made in June 2020 to audit the diversity of its contributors, Penguin Random House's initial report found that the demographics of its authors, illustrators, translators, and other creators "do not reflect U.S. reader demographics when it comes to race and...

There are, at this moment, still five US commercial book publishers of mega-size. Penguin Random House is the biggest; HarperCollins is 2nd; and Hachette, Macmillan, and Simon & Schuster round out the Big Five.

Link: Languages and fiction 29 November 2021

The Nguni languages, isiXhosa and isiZulu, are closely related lyrical languages spoken by the majority of people in the eastern regions of South Africa, and are particularly rich in imagery and metaphor. Both languages as well as the traditions, customs, cosmology and history of these two...

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