The “unpublished” Larkin poem that wasn’t

Last week it was Shakespeare. This week it’s the turn of a more modern poet, Philip Larkin, to be the subject of a grand but ultimately false discovery. On Monday,Read more »

Amazon has stopped exploiting loopholes, started paying increased taxes in the U.K., Germany, Italy, and Spain

Last year, we reported on Amazon UK’s Christopher North, who defended—with great vigor—his employer’s decision to funnel its sales through Luxembourg—and thus avoid paying anything close to the tax rateRead more »

British Supreme Court rules that pianist James Rhodes can publish his memoir

Last year, we reported on a British legal case so weird that it was hard to summarize it in a pithy headline. The post’s headline was “British legal case soRead more »

The Art of the Novella challenge 26: Lady Susan

Title: Lady Susan Author: Jane Austen First published: 1871 (probably written 1793-4) Page count: 84 First line: My dear brother, I can no longer refuse myself the pleasure of profitingRead more »

Two For Tuesday: Is Go Set A Watchman The Breakfast Buffet of Publishing?

Topics discussed: Harper Lee, Go Set a Watchman, HarperCollins, Rupert Murdoch, cocktail napkins, Reese Witherspoon, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Stephen Fry, the Wall Street Journal, Harry Potter, Amazon,Read more »

Are review-bots the only way to avoid conflicts of interest in book reviewing?

In a wonderful review of two books on automation in this Sunday’s New York Times Book Review, the writer Barbara Ehrenreich wondered how well robots would be able to handleRead more »

How this city supports the most bookstores in the world (per capita)

The World Cities Cultural Forum recently reported that Buenos Aires boasts more bookstores per capita than any other. It has 735 bookstores for a population of 2.8 million (in cityRead more »

Is Thomas the Tank Engine Stalinist propaganda, or free-market pornography, or a series of books about trains with gray faces?

This year marks the seventieth anniversary of The Railway Series, which was, as far as I know, the first series of books to bring anthropomorphic trains to an English-speaking audience.Read more »