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One bad cover for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and five good ones

Penguin’s latest cover for that enduring children’s classic, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, is about as popular as a rattlesnake in a lucky dip. My sources tell me Roald Dahl is turning in his grave. The cover of the new Penguin Modern Classics edition is targeted at adults. No Charlie, no Mr Wonka – just […]

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Introducing The Alphabet Library: An A-Z of Forgotten Books

As far as we’re concerned, a good book never dies. It’s just hard to remember them all. Now, some forgotten books are going to be returning to the limelight as the Daily Telegraph has just published the first installment of The Alphabet Library: an A to Z of forgotten books. AbeBooks.co.uk is sponsoring this online […]

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Another Gerry Anderson story is go

Thunderbirds are go. Well, not exactly but something is go. The family of Thunderbirds creator Gerry Anderson, who died last year, have announced a new series of books will be published based on a story he had started before his death. The story concerns a secret organisation called Gemini Force One (GF1). MG Harris, the […]

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For sale: a reproduction of the Gutenberg Press

A very interesting item has been listed for sale on AbeBooks.com – a fully functioning reproduction of the Gutenberg Press.  You can put a piece of history in your living room and print your own books. It’s one third scale of the original and hand-built from oak, and the seller reports that it is more […]

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How to Use a Colonial Era Printing Press

If you have a colonial era printing press tucked away in the cellar, here’s a video about how to use one.

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Author protests against the pink tide of books for young girls

Author Jacqueline Wilson has criticised children’s book publishers for using too much pink when marketing to young girls. Dame Jacqueline admitted that her struggle against the pink tide dated back to when she was bringing up her own daughter, Emma – now a Cambridge don – but that even then she had little success in resisting […]

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The colour code of vintage Penguins

Our latest video salutes the design skills of Penguin and explains the colour scheme behind those vintage paperbacks that you see in any secondhand bookshop worth its salt. Orange, green,  cerise, dark blue, red, purple, yellow, grey and light blue are all explained.

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The least scary and the scariest covers of The Shining

Over at the Publishers Weekly blog, PYxyz, Gabe Habash highlights a book that time that forgot – a Brazilian edition of The Shining by Stephen King from 1977. It’s not exactly scary and doesn’t seem to convey the novel’s content. About a month ago, I was searching for something Stephen King-related to put on this […]

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Hugh Howey – self-published e-book author to Hollywood in two years

Former bookshop assistant Hugh Howey has gone from being a self-published e-book author to the darling of Hollywood in just two years, reports the BBC. Howey wrote a short story called Wool two years ago and now his story is set to become a movie. Wool is a dystopian tale where humanity is confined to […]

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Julian Barnes says authors have ‘commercial obligation’ to write about sex

Today’s authors feel a “commercial obligation” to write about sex, says Julian Barnes, according to a report in the Daily Telegraph. “It’s easy to mock, and each generation will mock the previous one because each generation tends to imagine that its attitude to sex strikes just about the right balance; that by comparison its predecessors […]

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