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After Rights Struggle, Murakami Permits Bengali Translation

Haruki Murakami

The Bengali translator of Kafka on the Shore recounts the challenges of convincing Haruki Murakami and his minders to allow the translation.

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Aerbook’s new Retail Network “enables any person or company to create, customize, and curate” an online bookstore optimized for mobile devices and social media.

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Do Russian Readers Judge a Classic by its Cover?

Great Gatsby published by Azbuka

An article at RBTH looks at how Russian publishers are using that new cover designs to help bring new readers to classic literature.

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OUP Bans Pork from Children’s Books

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The UK’s Daily Mail reports that Oxford University Press has banned sausages and pigs from children’s books in an attempt “to avoid offense.”

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Springer Science & Business to Merge with Macmillan Science & Education

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A merger between Springer Science & Business and Holtzbrinck will form a new global science and education publisher with annual sales of 1.5 billion euros

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Oyster Starts 2015 Off With Two Big Announcements

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Oyster, a book subscription service in the United States, has kicked off 2015 with two major announcements, including offering more than 1 million books.

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International Alliance of Independent Publishers on Charlie Hebdo

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In response to the Charlie Hebdo attack, the International Alliance of Independent Publishers has issued a statement of support for freedom of expression

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Simon & Schuster Enters the World of Paid Online Video


Simon & Schuster announced the launch of its new video platform, SimonSays. Consumers can pay to watch video courses on health, finance, and self-help.

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January 2015: Top Reviews of Self-Published Books from BlueInk Review

The Remains of War

Our monthly selection from BlueInk Review, a service which reviews self-published books, uncovers a superb memoir of a WWII concentration camp in Indonesia.

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Frankfurt Book Fair Takes St. Gallen Publishing Course to Singapore

Bozena Mierzejewska

The 2015 St. Gallen Publishing Course, a 10-day executive training program, will take place in Singapore to connect participants with Asian businesses.

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