Oxbridge presses aren’t charities

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

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)

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

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

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

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.

New Chapter of Grief in Plath-Hughes story

April 12, 2009

Nicholas Hughes preferred discussing the finer points of ice fishing than the writings of his parents. And yet after his suicide, it is Sylvia and Ted who will define his legacy, as least for literary scholars.

Pride and Prejudice … and zombies

April 10, 2009

It is a truth universally acknowledged that if you produce a novel with Pride & Prejudice in the title, it will become a bestseller. Even if it involves the undead.

Dymocks: throwing the book at parallel importing

April 9, 2009

There’s something a little coy about Dymocks' current campaign for the parallel importation of books into Australia.

The art of an unravelling relationship

April 9, 2009

Turner's Paintbox by Paul Morgan is a worthy companion to Annie Hall, if not quite so witty. And the chapters are named after colours in the paintbox.