Paper problems plague publishing: scary shortfalls seen soon

The coronavirus pandemic and its aftermath continue to create problems across American industry—of which book publishing is very much a part. The latest bad news, as reported in the WashingtonRead more »

Salman Rushdie to serialise his new book with controversial online platform Substack

It seems serialisation could be making a come back. Widely popular in the Victoria era, writers including Charles Dickens, Arthur Conan Doyle, and Henry James often saw their novels first appearRead more »

Continued Covid crisis catalyzes e-book sales; fallout feared

As the coronavirus returns to center stage, like the killer in a teen horror movie, except a lot less fun, an unsurprising rise in e-book sales has followed. According toRead more »

1911 NYT nugget suggests fiction-divorce connection; “rose-color books” cited

We confess that we don’t always play super-close attention to the “Gray Lady’s” weekly “Books in Brief” missive—so many e-mails! triage! triage! Our fancies were tickled, though, by the inclusionRead more »

Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library opens thanks to years of activism

In 2011 Scott Sherman wrote the first of a series of powerful Nation articles which disclosed that the trustees of the New York Public Library had hatched a covert plan to flog offRead more »

New Edinburgh book shop focusing on women’s writing opens this summer

Heartening news from north of the border this week, as a new book shop opens in Edinburgh dedicated to women’s writing. As reported in Edinburgh News, Rare Bird Books will sell “booksRead more »

Prince Harry to release tell-all memoir in 2022

Are you a royal fanatic? Do you defend Meghan and Harry against anyone who speaks ill about them? Are you dying to know more about the Duke of Sussex afterRead more »

Death threats and bookshop fines: Hungary faces scrutiny over anti-LGBTQ ruling

In 2020, Hungary passed a law preventing citizens from legally changing their gender. Later that year, they decided to ban same-sex couples from adopting children. Only last month, a law was passed in parliamentRead more »

Sales of Rashford book soar following England’s Euro 2020 run

Four inches. 10.16cm. The minimum width of a standard football goalpost. In global terms: an incredibly small distance. At Wembley Stadium on Sunday night, as the Euro 2020 final betweenRead more »

Libel litigations loses; publishers’ precarious prerogative protected

We here at John Street don’t tend to pay super-close attention to courts and laws and the like—can you spell boooooring?—but news of a recent Supreme Court decision did penetrateRead more »

Huge collection of rare books left to Devon charity shop

Charity shops are often where we make our greatest literary discoveries—those rare, old, or otherwise difficult-to-trace volumes; those unknown authors; those old classics that spark young minds. Now, a collectorRead more »

Boris Johnson willing to pay for expert to help write “his” new biography

Back in May we wrote about British Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s long overdue biography making headlines, amidst accusations the PM missed important COVID meetings to put pen to paper. The pendingRead more »

Stormzy’s #Merky imprint to publish first children’s book

“There’s nothing more gangster than being well-read.” So said UK grime superstar Stormzy, 27, in 2018 as he announced the first wave of books to be published under his newly-launchedRead more »

Understanding QAnon; highlights from Mike Rothschild’s Reddit AMA:

    Its messaging can seem cryptic, even nonsensical, yet for tens of thousands of people, it explains everything. What is QAnon, where did it come from, and is theRead more »

New press caters to “silenced” conservative voices; free speech confusion reigns

We were both startled and delighted to read in the Wall Street Journal, natch, that our nation’s long-suffering right-wing scribes have finally found people brave enough to bear the witheringRead more »

Aesop transforms three North American stores into Queer Libraries

Here, then, is how you do the work. Instead of blithely turning their logo rainbow-coloured and making vague noises about inclusivity, skin, hair and body care company Aesop are puttingRead more »

Meghan Markle’s kid’s book is finally out… and yup, the Brits hate it

Last month we wrote about Meghan Markle’s forthcoming children’s book The Bench and how before it had even hit the shelves, it was being panned by the British tabloids. Well nowRead more »

Golf pros call for controversial ‘green reading books’ to be red-flagged

We’re interested in books of all kinds here at Melville House, and this story from the world of golf features one of the most unusual. Green-reading books help golfers toRead more »

The world’s largest university press to close its only remaining printing arm

The city of Oxford has a rich literary history. The University of Oxford was established as early as 1095 and the first book printed in the city was in 1478,Read more »

Dave Eggers’ new hardcover will be available in indie bookstores only 

Want to get the hardcover of Dave Eggers’s new book, The Every? Well, you’ll have to get it at an independent bookstore—that’s the only place it will be available.   TheRead more »

Brontë Society fights to keep “lost” Emily Brontë poems available for the public

Revealed for the first time in almost a century, 31 poems handwritten by Emily Brontë are going up for auction at Sotheby’s. The poems, featuring pencil revisions by Charlotte Brontë,Read more »

Protest or PR stunt? Jeanette Winterson burns her own books in anger over cover blurbs

Author Jeanette Winterson had an impromptu little bonfire on Friday 4th June … burning her own books. Why, you might ask, would an author do such a thing? Winterson herself isRead more »

Little Miss Brave and Mr Calm announced in Matt Lucas-fronted Mr Men doc

Calmness and courage—two qualities most of us have coveted over the last year—are to be celebrated in the form of two new characters in Roger Hargreaves’ hit Mr Men series,Read more »

Steinbeck werewolf novel unlikely to see the light of day

When John Steinbeck was awarded the Nobel prize in 1962, the committee lauded his “realistic and imaginative writings … and keen social perception.” Known as he is for the ruggedRead more »

Book tubers: a new range of titles that literally grow vegetables

Blimey, it seems like gardening is barely out of the news at the moment, right?! One week we’re bringing you news of vegetable king Gerald Stratford’s book deal—and now this!Read more »

Boris Johnson accused of missing COVID crisis meetings to write a book about Shakespeare

Back in July 2015, it was announced that Boris Johnson, the then Mayor of London, would be writing Shakespeare: The Riddle of Genius for which he received an advance of close toRead more »

Viking to release posthumous John le Carré novel, Silverview

Bittersweet news this week for fans of spy fiction, as Viking reveals it is publishing Silverview, a posthumous novel by John le Carré, who died in December 2020 aged 89. Le Carré—bornRead more »