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UK Publishing’s ‘Super Thursday’ – 503 Books Released in Time for Christmas

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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.

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UK publishing’s Super Thursday – 300+ books released in time for Christmas

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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.

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UK Amazon alternatives for ebooks and physical books

boycott AmazonAlthough 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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Publishers pushing for UK antitrust inquiry into Amazon’s dominance in the book market

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.

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LonCon3 #4: English PEN lecture on H.G. Wells by Audrey Niffenegger

Audrey Niffenegger & H.G. Wells

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.

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GrAmazon’s Disastrous Data Import + Foreign Languages = Clusterf*ck

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.

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