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The new explosion in audio books

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With lavish original productions and enticing new 'syncing' technology, audio books have emerged as a rare bright spot in the publishing business. Every smartphone is a player.


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I am so surprised what a fan of audiobooks I have become.  I often read the visual book alongside.  It's especially nice when an author reads his/her own  words and you get a sense of the voice behind them.  I hope the price of audiobooks comes down, and also that our local Malaysian authors and publishers consider this market.

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Betty Trask award goes to Ben Fergusson's 'grittily evocative' debut

Betty Trask award goes to Ben Fergusson's  'grittily evocative' debut | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
The Spring of Kasper Meier, a ‘superbly atmospheric’ story of postwar Berlin, takes £10,000 prize for first novels
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E-books 'damage sleep and health,' doctors warn

E-books 'damage sleep and health,' doctors warn | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
If you curl up under the duvet with an e-book for a bedtime read then you are damaging your sleep and maybe your health, US doctors have warned.
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James Salter, a ‘Writer’s Writer’ Short on Sales but Long on Acclaim, Dies at 90

James Salter, a ‘Writer’s Writer’ Short on Sales but Long on Acclaim, Dies at 90 | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Mr. Salter wrote slowly, exactingly and, by almost every critic’s estimation, beautifully. But he never achieved the broad popularity he craved.
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James Salter dies. He was below my radar for a long time (apart from his short stories) now need to discover his work.

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BTN slaps bull’s-eye on Malay counterculture for anti-establishment bent

BTN slaps bull’s-eye on Malay counterculture for anti-establishment bent | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Malay independent (indie) book publishers have been tarred by the National Civics Bureau (BTN) as masterminds of an “anti-establishment” movement to influence youths voting in the 14th general election.

According to presentations slides made available on BTN’s website on March 11 that are now circulating on social media, the government agency suggested that politicians approach the publishers to understand “their aspirations” and ban their books for having “explicit and free” content.
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Female novelist shows that books about women don't win top literary awards

Female novelist shows that books about women don't win top literary awards | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
If you're an aspiring or established author and you're hoping to win a major literary award, here's some free advice: write about men.
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Kamila Shamsie: let’s have a year of publishing only women – a provocation

Kamila Shamsie: let’s have a year of publishing only women – a provocation | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
It is clear that there is a gender bias in publishing houses and the world of books. Well, enough. Why not try something radical? Make 2018 the Year of Publishing Women, in which no new titles should be by men
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Man Booker International judge speaks out against lack of world literature in English

Man Booker International judge speaks out against lack of world literature in English | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Marina Warner is to attack Britain’s ‘oddly provincial’ outlook on writing in other languages, and call for more translations
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7 Book Dedications that Basically Say "Screw You"

7 Book Dedications that Basically Say "Screw You" | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Not all authors' dedications are nice. Some—like these—are just plain mean.
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Jenny Erpenbeck wins Independent foreign fiction prize

Jenny Erpenbeck wins Independent foreign fiction prize | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
German author and translator Susan Bernofsky share £10,000 award for The End of Days - a novel ‘to enjoy, to cherish and to revisit many times’
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Novel translation lets us know what is really happening in the world

Novel translation lets us know what is really happening in the world | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
As he previewed David Cameron’s meeting with Jean-Claude Juncker, the BBC journalist turned automatically to a handy metaphor. These were, he explained, very early days in the long process of EU renegotiation. In effect, the Chequers discussion represented no more than “the opening overs” in a five-day Test match. Come again, señor?
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When Did Books Get So Freaking Enormous? The Year of the Very Long Novel

When Did Books Get So Freaking Enormous? The Year of the Very Long Novel | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
When did books get so freaking long?
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Folio Society ends sponsorship of Folio prize

Folio Society ends sponsorship of Folio prize | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Publisher will not continue funding for high-profile award for fiction in English
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Hope prize does continue though.  It's good to have an alternative to the Man Booker.

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10 of the best summers in fiction

10 of the best summers in fiction | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it

Summer provides an ambiguously idyllic setting for many novels. From LP Hartley to Tove Jansson, these are some of my favourites


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Impac prize goes to 'consummate wordsmith' Jim Crace for Harvest

Impac prize goes to 'consummate wordsmith' Jim Crace for Harvest | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
€100,000 award taken by Booker-shortlisted novel about the last days of an English village
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Wonderful book.  Well deserved, Jim Crace.

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Do women writers have ‘literary cooties’? - Macleans.ca

A remarkable study of the kinds of books that win big prizes reveals this: Don’t write about women. Unless, that is, you’re a man.
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Can Reading Make You Happier?

Can Reading Make You Happier? | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
After the First World War, traumatized soldiers were often prescribed a course of reading.
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 Books feed the soul, feed the spirit, make us wiser and empathetic.

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Transgender Children’s Books Fill a Void and Break a Taboo

Transgender Children’s Books Fill a Void and Break a Taboo | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Mainstream publishing houses are increasingly giving visibility to transgender authors and their books, which are aimed at broader and younger audiences.
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Baileys prize: Sarah Waters favourite with bookies, and public

Baileys prize: Sarah Waters favourite with bookies, and public | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
William Hill says The Paying Guests most likely to take women’s prize for fiction, while Kobo ebooks calculates it has won over most readers
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Loved Water's book so wouldn't be at all unhappy if she won ... but it's time to explore the others on the list.

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Colm Tóibín: Writing is always a battle against your own laziness

Colm Tóibín: Writing is always a battle against your own laziness | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
My perfect weekend: the Nora Webster author discusses his preference for greasy fry-ups over granola, the friendly seal he has befriended and long, slow days in Co Wexford, Ireland
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After a walk I’ll do some writing. I write in longhand, which is easy in a way because you just find the notebook you were last working on and see if you can add something to it. But writing is always a battle against your own laziness. I have a very beautiful sofa that I can lie full-length on, thinking I’m going to read but actually falling asleep. I really have to do 500 words before I can do the sofa or I wake up feeling very guilty.

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Teachings by Win Bassett

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A summer stint in a hospital, where poetry is necessary medicine.
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On the role of poetry in hospitals:

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40 Famous Authors On Reading

40 Famous Authors On Reading | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
Any truly great writer also needs to be a voracious reader. Your favourite author probably has a list of favourite authors who also have a list of favourite authors and so on.
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21 Books From The Last 5 Years That Every Woman Should Read

21 Books From The Last 5 Years That Every Woman Should Read | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
The one struggle of being a woman who reads is that you want to read everything.

It's easy to get overwhelmed by bestseller lists, because there just isn't enough time in the day to read eve
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Man International Booker prize 2015 won by 'visionary' László Krasznahorkai

Man International Booker prize 2015 won by 'visionary' László Krasznahorkai | Bibliobibuli | Scoop.it
£60,000 award for writer of global standing goes to Hungarian author of ‘extraordinary intensity’
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