Here are some of the stories making headlines this week:
Reaction to the Penguin Random House Merge
The newly merged Penguin Random House is set to control 25% of the world’s book business, so what does this mean for authors and indie publishing companies? Being called “a response to the competitive situation” by Richard Mollet, chief executive of the Publisher’s Association, many insiders are concerned that modest selling or unknown authors will be increasingly undervalued or neglected. Click this link to see the full story on The Guardian.
14 Facts About Beatrix Potter
July 28th marked the 147th birthday of the famous children’s book author, Beatrix Potter. Best known for her work, The Tale of Peter Rabbit, HuffPost has put together a collection of lesser known facts and photographs to celebrate. Click here to see the slideshow.
Microsoft’s X-Box One Embracing Self-Publishing
Even the gaming industry is looking to foster and tap into the creative energy of independent developers. VP Mark Whitten explains: ” Our vision is that every person can be a creator. That every Xbox One can be used for development”. Click here for more details from Forbes.
Stolen Books Returned to Sweden
Last week, two rare books stolen from Sweden’s Royal Library were returned after being purchased by an antique book dealer in Baltimore. The story of 56 missing volumes came to light after a confession from the late librarian Anders Burius back in 2004. Follow this link for the full story on The Atlantic Wire.
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