East London charity celebrates 7000th book bike delivery

A charity offering books to deprived households in several East London boroughs has this week celebrated its 7000th drop-off—and they’ve all been delivered by bicycle. BookBike was established by EmdadRead more »

Free children’s book celebrating the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee criticised as too ‘Anglocentric’ by Welsh and Scottish governments

Last October, we wrote about the UK government’s plan to create a new children’s book in honour of Queen Elizabeth II’s Platinum Jubilee, which would be given away free toRead more »

Oxford University Press pull Biff & Chip book over “scary” country pages

A book in the popular Biff & Chip children’s series has been withdrawn from sale by Oxford University Press, following complaints that its pages depicting a “scary” country were “no longer appropriate”.Read more »

Lost Charlotte Brontë manuscript sold for $1.25 million

Best known for her classic Jane Eyre, Charlotte Brontë’s juvenilia remains a neglected but significant part of her literary canon. From childhood she was writing stories and poems, alongside and oftenRead more »

Waterstones appeal aims to raise £1m for Ukraine disaster fund

As the conflict in Ukraine intensifies again in the east, and with an estimated 5 million people now estimated to have fled the country, humanitarian aid efforts continue. We’ve beenRead more »

The Big Jubilee Read: 70 books are selected to mark Queen Elizabeth II’s 70 year reign

This summer marks The Platinum Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II, the longest-serving monarch in British history, who has been on the throne for 70 years, since 1952. As part of the celebrations, TheRead more »

Man arrives 13 hours early for flight powered by steak bakes and motivational books

How early do you normally arrive for a flight? I give it a couple of hours myself—or at least enough time to buy some outlandishly-sized triangular Swiss chocolate and aRead more »

“Old Books Discussed”—ancient article animates attention

We were once again taking a brief break from the page proofs—they will never end!—by scrolling through the digital resources available via the Brooklyn Public Library—our new favorite institution!—when weRead more »

Shelf Wars: Ashley Tisdale buys 400 books to ‘style’ her home and Twitter explodes

What do your bookshelves say about you? Have you been collecting for years, cramming books in any which way you can? Do you carefully stylise, organising by colour or category?Read more »

Theories abound after anonymous return of Darwin’s notebooks

“LIBRARIAN – HAPPY EASTER X” Three short words and a sign-off was all took to reopen one of the most intriguing literary mysteries of recent times. Back in November 2000, aRead more »

Book said to reveal Anne Frank’s betrayer is pulled after being discredited

In January 2022, Dutch publisher Ambo Anthos, and English publisher HarperCollins brought out the book The Betrayal of Anne Frank: A Cold Case Investigation which controversially revealed the likely betrayer of Anne Frank andRead more »

“Wot, No Books?” Milton Keynes library saved after protesters check out its entire stock

In the past decade, nearly 800 UK libraries have been forced to close since austerity measures were launched by the Conservative Party in 2010. Public spending cuts continue to bite hardRead more »

Belgian publisher donates over a thousand books to railway station libraries

While the closure of a publishing house is never something to celebrate, one Belgian company have found a way to extend their legacy: by donating 1,100 books to little free libraries.Read more »

Book Aid For Ukraine auctions off publishing goodies raising relief funds

The publishing industry continues to band together against Putin, launching Book Aid for Ukraine. Organised by Hayley Steed, literary agent at the Madeleine Milburn Agency, Book Aid for Ukraine auctioned off overRead more »

Little Toller and Bluemoose unite to aid Ukraine

It is easy to feel helpless in times like these. What can we realistically do to help in a small way, as an estimated two million people flee Ukraine? HowRead more »

Animal magic: zoo offers book bundles for World Book Day

Happy World Book Day to one and all! WBD is traditionally a time when dressing up and school visits rule the day – but one unusual organisation is getting inRead more »

End of an era: Waterstones to extend high street domination after acquiring bookshop chain Blackwell’s

A 143 year legacy will soon be coming to an end after it was announced this week that Waterstones has bought Blackwell’s, the UK’s biggest independent bookshop chain. We recently wroteRead more »

Tributes pour in for ‘Meg & Mog’ illustrator Jan Pieńkowski

Jan Pieńkowski, whose mischievous visuals illuminated the lives of millions of children, has died at the age of 85. He was best known as the illustrator of the best-selling Meg &Read more »

Celebrating 20 Years of Independent Publishing

Since its inception twenty years ago this February (02/20/02 to be exact), Melville House has been called “brilliant,” “anti-establishment,” “small but innovative,” and “[an] enticing American boutique.”  Twenty years later,Read more »

Tails of the unexpected: Pembrokeshire library offers dog reading sessions

The UK is a nation of dog-lovers, with a PDSA survey estimating 26% of UK adults keep a hound as a pet; that’s around 9.6 million dogs. And with the coronavirusRead more »

Prince Harry’s forthcoming memoir could “shake the monarchy to the core”

He may have moved to Los Angeles and stepped away from his royal duties, but Prince Harry is still making headlines in the British Press. Last year, it was announced that Penguin Random HouseRead more »

E17 book box stays another day following spruce-up

Difficult to stay positive about the world these days, isn’t it? A whole pandemic, the creeping rise of far-right nationalism, a cost of living crisis unprecedented in modern times, etc.Read more »

8-year-old author who smuggled his handwritten book into his local library becomes a literary sensation

The next, hottest, must-read author is from Idaho. Dillon Helbig has been on television talking about his Christmas themed, time-travel inspired graphic novel, and his rise to success has been written about by TheRead more »

Wordle up (for sale)! NYT swoops for puzzle craze

It’s the little puzzle that could. Wordle started life last October, the simple invention of Josh Wardle, who grew up in Llanddewi Rhydderch, Wales, UK, and now works as aRead more »

UK’s largest independent book chain Blackwell’s up for sale after 143 years

Blackwell’s is an institution in the UK. Benjamin Henry Blackwell opened the first family owned bookshop in Oxford to the public in 1849, making it one of Britain’s oldest booksellers. Benjamin Henry’s son,Read more »

Tomes take tumble into sea; supply-chain sorrows symbolized

Last week’s publishing news of the file-under-unbelievable stripe included the story that a shipment of cookbooks published by our partners at Penguin Random House were lost at sea during aRead more »

Vimes for change: Pratchett character lends name to new food index

Regular readers of this blog will know that we can’t resist a good Sir Terry Pratchett story, most recently bringing you news of the star-studded re-record of his Discworld audiobooks. Pratchett hasRead more »

Rare sculptures by the ‘Bookish Banksy’ are up for auction

It all began back in March 2011 when staff at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh noticed a stunning paper sculpture made from an old book had mysteriously appeared on a table.  TheRead more »

Melville House author Carissa Véliz backs new U.S. privacy bill 

Last week, three U.S. senators introduced a new bill that could curtail Big Tech’s use of targeted advertising. The Banning Surveillance Advertising Act is sponsored by Reps. Anna Eshoo (D-CA), JanRead more »

“Bookcore” trend boggles; fashion fun?

We were happily working away on some page proof, trying to remember the rules concerning the proper sequencing of front matter, when we received, out of the blue, a missiveRead more »

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