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Make Reading Great Again: a New Year’s resolution for the outward-looking

So I think I managed to make it through 2016 without mentioning the Brexit result. Sorry, but the time has come. I won’t labour the point: more or less the whole of UK publishing thinks Brexit is a terrible idea that … Continue reading

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Consider Rephrasing?: an editor’s look at the EU referendum

This is an emergency post, tenuously linked to this blog’s theme of reading and publishing by a gimmick: at the start of this referendum week, I shall demonstrate how, as a proofreader and editor, I would receive and correct the … Continue reading

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Of the People: why we still need public libraries

I have a library. It’s the banner of this blog. According to my boss, the rainbow was impressive enough that it informed his decision to hire me. It grew with me, from a single bookcase with David Almond in the top … Continue reading

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She-Readers: my month without men

As a pessimist, I’m no fan of New Year’s Resolutions. But this year, I decided that I would set aside one month in which I would read only women. Why? There is a problem in the UK or English-language books … Continue reading

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Politics in Publishing: production, content, philosophy

Last week, the Asian edition of the International New York Times was distributed with no headline article, because the printers in Thailand had removed it before going to press. Under Thai law, you can be jailed for up to fifteen years if … Continue reading

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Take Me To Your E-Reader: have Kindles failed to take over the world?

I promise I have an excellent justification for such a terrible pun: this month has been a particularly good one for print publishing. By all reports, we’ve just had the most energetic and productive Frankfurt Book Fair in recent memory; … Continue reading

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