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Survey Says Median Author Advance in UK under £6,600

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The Bookseller reports that the median advance for traditionally published UK authors is less than 6,600 pounds, based on the early results of a new survey

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Literary Agent Andrew Nurnberg Partners with Turkey’s AnatoliaLit

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Leading UK literary agency Andrew Nurnberg Associates is partnering with Istanbul’s AnatoliaLit agency to expand the agency’s activities in Turkey.

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Man Booker International Prize 2015 Finalist’s List Announced

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Authors representing 10 countries — 6 countries for the first time — are included on the shortlist for the Man Booker International Prize.

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Publisher Who Defied Russia’s Anti-Gay Laws Wins AAP “Freedom” Award

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Russia’s Samokat has been awarded the Jeri Laber International Freedom to Publish Award from the Association of American Publishers.

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Controversy Courts Several Australian Cookbook Publishers

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Controversy has courted a pair of Australian cookbooks this week, with one being scrapped after claims that a recipe therein might be dangerous.

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Austrian Literature in Translation: Asymptote Speaks With Ariande Press

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At Asymptote, Eve Richter interviewed Karl Johns, founding editor of Ariadne Press, which has been publishing Austrian literature in translation since 1998.

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Controversy: Pearson Publishing Monitoring Students’ Twitter Posts

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The New York Times reports that educational publisher Pearson has been ‘monitoring student media’ to find possible leaks of the company’s tests.

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Rakuten Buys E-book Distributor OverDrive for $410 Million

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Japan’s Rakuten, parent company of ebookseller Kobo, has purchased US ebook distributor OverDrive, likely blocking Kindle’s further expansion into libraries.

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Pushkin Press Announces New Crime Imprint: Pushkin Vertigo

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Pushkin Press has announced the launch of Pushkin Vertigo for September 15, a crime imprint that will feature classic crime books from around the world.

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Canada Reads: Where Celebrities Battle for a Book’s Honor

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Canada Reads, a contest in which 5 celebrities debate various books merits and vote a title off each day on CBC TV, has serious implications for publishers.

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