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A Lonely Planet for some, as more jobs go from publisher

Lonely Planet will make more cuts — up to 100 jobs could go — as it transitions painfully to a digital future. While more people are travelling, fewer are buying guidebooks.

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Watching the women’s weekly magazine war for real

Crikey publishing director director Marina Go had a front-row seat to the women’s magazine war of the 1980s and ’90s. The TV portrayal may differ from actual events.

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New chapter for publishers and the online quest for readers

The relationship between publishers and readers has changed dramatically — and it’s all thanks to digital marketing technologies. Social media and video trailers are flogging more books.

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The taxing debate on books

Crikey readers have their say.

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Crikey Blogs | BOOKS|

Good night, Diana Gribble, goodbye, rest in peace

Diana Gribble was a legend in the book world, instrumental in creating two Australian beacons of independent publishing: McPhee Gribble, and Text. W H Chong pays tribute to his dear friend.

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Crikey Blogs | BOOKS|

Short fiction and Spineless Wonders

Crikey book blogger Angela Meyer discusses short fiction with Bronwyn Mehan, founder of new Australian publishing company Spineless Wonders.

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The Millions | BOOKS|

An intriguing read that paints a vivid portrait of the publishing industry

Does a plug by another author on a book cover ever convince you to buy it? Author Bill Morris explains the delicate business of ‘blurbing’, where writers indulge in mutual pats-on-the-back and help aspiring writers get their books onto shelves.

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Sophie Cunningham: is writing evolving?

Is form following function? Are we evolving? Or, to the question I want to consider here: is writing evolving? And is there a danger of Australian writers losing their distinctive voice, asks writer and editor Sophie Cunningham?

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Shaffer plays Afghan Whispers with Pentagon … and wins

Spies, scandals, secret documents, crises in the Pentagon … and that’s before anyone’s even opened the bloody book! Controversy around Afghan War exposé Operation Dark Heart will likely drive big sales, writes Crikey intern Nick Johns-Wickberg.

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Meanjin | BOOKS|

Want to write a book? Become an editor

Usually being a writer and being an editor was a complete different kettle of fish. But is it actually advantageous for a young author to work in the publishing industry or does that just cause writing and reading fatigue?

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New York Magazine | BOOKS|

How I blew publishing J.D Salinger’s final book

Roger Lathbury recounts the fascinating story of how he wrote to famously reclusive author JD Salinger, met with him, was to publish his final book and then… the story hit the news and Salinger walked away.

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The future of publishing

Oh dear. It’s the death of publishing, with young people only caring about what Lady Gaga is wearing and hating the feel of books. Or is it?

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Salon | BOOKS|

Fiction is dead; long live the autobiography!

What’s with the spate of tell-alls, autobiographies and memoirs lately? According to a new book, it’s all about the “democratisation” of authorship: everyone has a story to tell, and it’s now easier than ever to tell it.

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The Enthusiast | BOOKS|

Marieke Hardy reaches for the phone book

With all the talk of Kindles coming to Oz, The Age are releasing a 20 episode fiction story written by Marieke Hardy to be sent daily to your mobile. How will the publishing experiment play out?

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3000 books | BOOKS|

The secret life of publishing interns

Publishing may have the reputation of being a sexy, glamour job but what it is like if you’re just starting out? Estelle Tang interviews the lucky recipients of the Australian Publishers Association internships to get the real story.

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Mashable | BOOKS|

Teens score Twitter book deal

Two 19-year-olds have signed a deal with Penguin to release their book “Twitterature: The World’s Greatest Books, Now Presented in Twenty Tweets or Less”, which they describe as a “hipster’s Cliff Notes”

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The Guardian | BOOKS|

Make it free, then make your fortune

Everything Explained books always sell well. Wired editor, Chris Anderson, adds his contribution, Free, which argues that taking the price tag off something is the path to riches.

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The Deal | COMPANIES|

Gannett feel the credit crunch

With their credit status slashed to junk, the largest newspaper publisher in the US, Gannett Co (owners of USA Today, amongst over 90 other titles) need to raise $400 million over the next two year to survive — but many of their bondholders would rather they default.

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Bob Ellis v Margot Saville: from farts to Ingmar Bergman

Author and sometimes Crikey contributor Margot Saville reviewed Bob Ellis’ And So It Went: Night Thoughts in a Time of Change for the Sydney Morning Herald. Bob Ellis begged to differ

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Slate | BOOKS|

Childhood memories published for all to see

How will the increase in confessional ‘bad’ mum and dad memoirs affect their children in future years? What does it say about the parents?

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The Times (UK) | BOOKS|

10 cursed second novels

Frazier’s Cold Mountain sold in bucketloads and he received an $8million advance for Thirteen Moons. It flopped.

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Meanjin: Productivity Commission committing cultural sabotage

If you don’t care about the survival of independent publishing in Australia, perhaps the Commission’s recommendations won’t bother you. If you do, they should, writes Sophie Cunningham.

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Read this: is parallel importation the path to a literary nation?

The Productivity Commission’s inquiry into the Copyright Act has once more opened the debate about the parallel importation of books in Australia, writes Jeff Sparrow.

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Maybe this will be the book that gives Costello a spine

The looming Costello memoir doesn’t signal a political end for the Liberal Hamlet, writes Bernard keane.

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Harry Potter and the battle for free speech

Gripping scenes in a New York court this week, as famed Harry Potter author JK Rowling and her publisher are suing another publisher, RDR Books, writes Charles Richardson.

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