Monthly Archives: September 2013

Latest Releases: 30 September 2013

It’s that time of year when book lovers start compiling their Christmas shopping lists. To help the process we look at some of the latest releases from Amazon and Waterstones. Amazon Doctor Sleep – Stephen King Any new release from King is a big event in the publishing world, but seeing as how Doctor Sleep […]

 
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Featured Publisher: Hachette Book Group

Hachette Book Group is one of the ‘big five’ in the publishing world. It first made its appearance in 1837, as Little, Brown and Company, and has been living up to its mission – to publish great books well – ever since. It’s been bought and sold several times, and currently belongs to Lagardère Publishing, […]

 
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Is Crowdfunded Publishing the Way to Go?

Modern writers live in interesting times – and we don’t mean that in the Chinese curse kind of way. The internet is turning the publishing industry on its head, giving writers more choice and more control over their careers. For example, writers can now publish and market their books electronically, completely bypassing publishing houses if […]

 
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News, Events and Anticipated New Releases

Sales Big news in South Africa’s book world is the sale of major book chain Exclusive Books and national text book provider Van Schaik Bookstores. According to Business Report, the two chains now largely belong to a consortium that is led by Medu Capital. The consortium bought out Times Media Group to the tune of […]

 
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Featured Author: David Mitchell – Sensory Powerhouse

David Mitchell has received a lot of international public attention lately, thanks to the film adaptation of his novel Cloud Atlas. The film starred Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, and Hugo Weaving. With so many big names attached to the project, how could the author escape interest? Those in the literary world, however, have […]

 
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Latest Releases: 18th September 2013

There’s little booklovers find more exciting than reading about the latest releases so that they can add new must-haves to their wish lists. We turn to Amazon and Waterstones to find out which new temptations have hit the shelves in the past week. Amazon The Longest Ride – Nicholas Sparks It true Nicholas Sparks tradition […]

 
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Featured Publisher: Harlequin

Harlequin is probably the most well-known and successful romance publisher in the world. And by romance we mean everything from teen romance to right sexy romps. Harlequin’s story started in May 1949, when it opened doors as a reprinting company, reprinting books from authors who had very little to do with romance, such as James […]

 
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Should You Try Collaborative Writing?

Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman. Stephen King and Peter Straub. What do the pairings have in common? Collaboration. Pratchett and Gaiman joined forces to write Good Omens. King and Straub joined forces to write The Talisman and its sequel Black House. All three of the books were bestsellers and were, by and large, critically well-received. […]

 
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What’s New in the Book World?

The big news is the announcement of the shortlist for the Man Booker Prize. This year’s shortlist has generated more excitement than usual, due its diversity. For starters, all of the authors are of different nationalities, which is a first. Four of the nominees are women, demonstrating the growing respect for women’s contribution to literature. […]

 
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Featured Author: Dan Simmons – Cross-Genre Master

Dan Simmons has been a published novelist since 1985. His first novel, Song of Kali, went on to win the World Fantasy Award in 1986. It was the first of many, many awards. In his early years, Simmons was – fairly – compared to Stephen King. His novel Summer of Night (published in 1991), in […]

 
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