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Just 54% of Americans Read a Book Last Year, says NEA

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A new survey by the NEA reveals that a mere 54% of Americans read any kind of book last year, print or digital.

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How Are Famous Fictional Characters Reacting to Scout’s Return?

Scout Finch is coming back as a grown up woman.

Roger Tagholm imagines how other characters from fiction would react to the news that Harper Lee is giving Scout Finch a second chance at life.

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The Advent of Robojournalism and Robowriting


Robotic writing software is now capable of producing acceptable news stories based on published reports and media outlets are beginning to rely on them.

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Judith Gurewich on Why Americans Don’t Read Translated Fiction

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The Daily Beast talks with Judith Gurewich about why translations are not popular in the US. Her answer: “America is a puzzle of very complicated groups.”

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The Mobile Story for Publishers: Told in Key Stats

Thad McIlroy

Thad McIlroy offers some statistics and key data on smartphones and tablets to help book publishers figure out how to address mobile technology.

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HarperCollins to Publish 2m Copies of New Harper Lee Novel

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HarperCollins will publish 2 million copies of “Go Set a Watchman,” a novel Harper Lee wrote in the 1950s and then “put aside.” This new book comes out on July 14.

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Is Your Editor Worth It? Or Not?

Jim Dempsey is an associate editor at

If you’re thinking of employing an editor for your novel, take a look at this detailed list to help you decide if the editor is worth it. Or not.

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Why “Gone Girl?” Why Not “Gone Woman?”

The Girl on the Train

When it comes to titling fiction why is there such a preference for the word “girl” over “woman”?

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So You Want to Be a Famous Self-Published Author?

Warren Adler is best known for his novel "The War of the Roses"

Veteran author Warren Adler offers a reality check for would-be authors who believe fame and fortune is just a book away.

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Amazon Pursues Education Market with Kindle Textbook Creator

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Amazon has launched a new tool for authors to create and sell digital textbooks. But there are questions about royalty rates on higher priced e-textbooks.

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