‘Copyright has come to be seen by many outside our industry as an inhibitor to creativity,’ writes Michael Healy ahead of a session at Frankfurt Book Fair.
On this year’s longlist, the Scotiabank Giller Prize jury has chosen five books published by independent publishing houses of Canada.
‘You have to pay for access to educational content,’ says Copibec’s Frédérique Couette, launching a class action lawsuit against Université Laval
Moving beyond written stories, Wattpad launches its Raccoon video app in the US. The app aims to connect with a generation of YouTube storytellers.
Reading ranks fifth in BookNet Canada’s newest survey of respondents’ leisure-time activities, and smartphone reading is on the rise. Thirty-eight percent say their reading increased in the last year.
‘Stories remain when the land has been taken,’ says Cherie Dimaline about indigenous narratives of Canada. “We live in the stories.”
‘Allowing universities to copy for free that which they previously paid for’ is not fair, rules a Canadian justice, in a closely watched copyright battle.
Italy’s PubCoder announces a beta edition of its third iteration, while HarperCollins Children’s Books looks to Canada’s Wattpad for new content and talent.
Publishers now can apply for $250,000 in grants to promote Canadian literature to Ontario’s teachers, librarians, and school boards.
In Canada, BookNet’s check on sales shows ebooks a bit up, In the UK, a new author day is announced by London Book Fair and the US-based Writer’s Digest.