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English-language book boom helps publishers weather recession

Crikey April 22, 2009

The demand for English language books in India and China is helping protect Western publishers from the economic downturn at home.

Venezuelan president and salesman extraordinaire

Eleri Harris April 21, 2009

Forget Oprah. If you want to market a book Hugo Chávez is your man.

Pens at 10 paces: rival writers in Gillard life story stoush

Andrew Crook April 21, 2009

Julia Gillard’s dual biographies will make for interesting reading when they hit the streets in two instalments over the next 12 months.

Plimer’s Heaven and Earth: a conservative coup?

Andrew Dodd April 20, 2009

The attention paid to climate-change sceptic Ian Plimer's book, Heaven and Earth, is a cute insight into the way conservative commentators are starved for shreds of evidence to support their theories.

Oxbridge presses aren’t charities

Crikey April 20, 2009

Cambridge and Oxford University Presses are recieving tax breaks through a charity loop-hole.

Strunk & White still rocking grammar 50 years on

Crikey April 17, 2009

In an age of Twitter — when brevity takes on new meaning — the most popular guide to writing clearly and concisely remains The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr and EB White.

Sausage-fest (token Miles Franklin shortlist post)

Crikey April 17, 2009

So the shortlist is all dudes. But hey, thankfully the judges didn’t attempt to be politically correct and throw in a chick ‘for the sake of fairness’, says Angela Meyer

#amazonfail: the book giant begins to rebuild its image

Crikey Intern April 16, 2009

Amazon have labelled their cataloguing cock-up on the weekend as "embarrassing and ham-fisted". We look at what the pundits are saying. Crikey intern Eloise Keating writes.

#amazonfail: With book monopolies like these, no-one is safe

Jeff Sparrow April 14, 2009

On Easter Sunday, weird things happened at uberbookseller Amazon, when the site suddenly reclassified certain titles as containing "adult" content.

The best of Abe

Crikey April 13, 2009

The six best (recent) books on Abraham Lincoln, who ranks just below Jesus and Napoleon as the most written-about character in history.