Today is Super Thursday, the day publishing houses release their (mostly hardcover) books into the wild for frenzied Christmas consumption in order to boost dead tree sales in bricks-and-mortar bookshops. Last year saw over 300 titles released in a single day, paling in comparison to today’s 503.
Continue reading UK Publishing’s ‘Super Thursday’ – 503 Books Released in Time for Christmas
Should badly behaving authors scare us all into abandoning reviewing, what would a world without us look like?
Continue reading Turning Back Time: A World Without (Amateur) Reviewers #HaleNo
Super Thursday was a couple of days ago. Before this year, it had been an unofficial event. Now publishers are co-operating in order to boost book sales in our dwindling bricks-and-mortar book shops, now numbering just 2,300 serving a population of over 60 million.
Continue reading UK publishing’s Super Thursday – 300+ books released in time for Christmas
Although Amazon dominates the UK book market, there are more alternatives than you may believe. If Amazon should collapse tomorrow (unlikely) or if you’d like to boycott Amazon, there are quite a few non-Amazon owned booksellers, from bricks and mortar stores to online stores selling physical books and ebooks, and I’ll list the ones I’ve come across.
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The Financial Times is the only UK news organisation to report that British publishers are pushing ‘for a competition inquiry into Amazon’s dominance’ of the UK’s retail book market by the Competition and Markets Authority.
Continue reading Publishers pushing for UK antitrust inquiry into Amazon’s dominance in the book market
This lecture is the first in a series of annual lectures held in honour of former PEN President, the author, visionary and human rights campaigner, H.G. Wells. H.G. Wells foresaw the creation of the worldwide web, most particularly in a series of talks and essays which he first published in 1936 under the title ‘World Brain’. The PEN/H.G. Wells lecture will showcase visionary writing and new thinking that embodies the spirit of the pioneering writing and activism of H.G. Wells. The inaugural lecture will be given by Audrey Niffenegger.
Continue reading LonCon3 #4: English PEN lecture on H.G. Wells by Audrey Niffenegger
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And magazines aren’t the only non-book items that are being imported from Amazon databases.
Continue reading Maxim MAGAZINES in the Goodreads BOOK Database
Now available from Amazon [ US | UK ], The Book Depository [ US | UK ] and other retailers.
Sarah, GR’s data “Import Master” *snort*, has stated the following:
And, to give some context to what’s going on here:
Over the coming year we’re hoping to expand Goodreads into other countries and make it more accessible to users that speak languages other than English. While we have a large and incredible army of librarians, that army won’t necessarily scale to meet the needs of users all over the world as we begin to fully expand our library to encompass book editions for more and more countries.
Continue reading GrAmazon’s Disastrous Data Import + Foreign Languages = Clusterf*ck