King picks a ride in Joyland
Stephen King has announced that he is currently working on a novel called Joyland. The book is about a serial killer whose turf is the amusement park. Although nothing more than its title is known, there is specualtion that this could ...
Fifty Shades of Opinion
Get the low down on the year's most-talked-about book event ... what it's about, why it's being spoofed, how a feminist should position herself, and why straight men are downloading it too.
Whose Future is Orange?
The Orange Prize is an annual celebration of women's fiction. It's in its seventeenth year, and selected by the establishment. Here's your chance to help pick an alternative people's champion.
We are constantly bombarded with information that requires our attention and yet which distracts us from knowing ourselves. The designer Michael Harboun has brought together the concepts of augmented reality and social networks, to make visible the space for ideas ...
The centennial of the Titanic’s maiden voyage has led to records being broken on the number of books being released on the ship. According to Bowker’s Books In Print, 2012 has seen 98 titles released for the anniversary ...
Showroom Dummies: just browsing!
According to a report by Simba Information, customers are using bookstores to physically check out releases before buying. The bookstore is effectively subsidising the e-book market by becoming a showroom for readers.
PayPal the Moral Policeman
PayPal, the online payment processor, is being accused of playing the moral policeman having issued ultimatums to publishers to remove ‘obscene’ content or face punitive sanctions.
S.O.S Book Rescue: When Your Library Has a Flood, Who Ya Gonna Call?
It's hard to visualise the unglamorous world of document salvage when you're brunching with Georgine Thorburn at a glamorous Kings Road cafe. A bottle of mineral water, but no sign of drenched paperwork ...
The humble book has many functions it seems, beyond bolstering wobbly table legs. Indeed, riches of cultural connotations abound for those who'd rather draw a relationship than read a word. Here's a page to name and shame those guilty of book abuse! ...
It's like I tell my writing design students, there are two rules. Writers write. Writers read. So why does it feel like I've turned over a stone? What is this guilty pleasure in watching a writer read? ...
Snakes and Ladders Fashion Books Exhibition
What role do fashion publications play in the game of fashion influence? Is this stack of fashion publications anything more than an exhibition of the seemingly random? ...
To Mock a Killingbird: a Twitter-eye-view of uninteresting books.
Edgar Rice Burroughs: Salesman of the Pulps.
Secret Pop Readers: is the act of reading more important than subject matter?
Back to basics: what to be seen reading on the economic downturn
Spinning a cult yarn: urban marketing myths?
An A to Z of Cult Speak
What follows is an A to Z of cult fiction speak. There may be some indignant huffing, as much for what is included as left out. It may leave many sighing, reaching for the dictionary incredulously. But right there’s the problem. Exactly how do you define cult fiction? ...
Deepak Chopra: Quantum Physician
According to Time magazine, Deepak Chopra is ‘undoubtedly one of the most lucid and inspired philosophers of our time’. But the great man appears modest about all these accolades. ‘It's just a magazine,’ he says. ‘Ignore it’.
Bacon Bookmark and other Treasures Found in Books
One of my favourite findings was a child's graffiti in Nanette Newman's (1976) Vote For Love. The previous owner had angrily inked out all references to religion ...
Companion Piece: Sophie Aldred Travels through Time
‘I get quite cross when people talk about wobbly sets,’ Sophie Aldred [aka Ace] opines. ‘We never had any wobbly sets. The BBC would always put their all into it, certainly the ones I worked on. We had the most incredible sets and costumes.’ ...