publishing

Everyone loves a Penguin

1 November 2012 16:03

Markus Dohle, Chief Executive of Random House, must have had a long hard think about what a booklover could possibly…

Paper talk

1 November 2012 10:35

The rainforests must be jumping for joy these days. Which is ironic, as they’ve largely got Amazon to thank for…

Something wholesale

25 October 2012 9:54

I suspect that few – if any – of you have heard of Bertram Books. You could be forgiven for…

Ian McEwan’s novel questions

15 October 2012 12:41

Brevity does not imply levity. That, at least, is the view of Ian McEwan. The national treasure was speaking at…

Review: Zoo Time by Howard Jacobson

14 September 2012 15:19

Winning the Booker can do strange things. For one, critics tend to become noticeably shyer around authors with some bling…

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s unfinished business

6 September 2012 16:41

It’s hard enough convincing people to read finished novels much less unfinished ones — though perhaps our cultural obsession with…

Pippa Middleton cashes in

30 August 2012 16:54

Mr Steerpike was overcome with joy when he read the press release from Pippa Middleton’s publishers. It told him that…

What comes after Fifty Shades?

30 August 2012 9:27

After the record-breaking success of the Fifty Shades trilogy, publishers are desperately trying to answer the multi-million dollar question, what…

Don’t be beastly to thriller writers

8 August 2012 17:30

Book lovers are always pleased when water-cooler conversation turns to the latest phenomenon in which a novel or author has…

The delights of sin

23 July 2012 10:47

Epigram 7 from The letting of humours blood in the head-vaine ‘Speak gentlemen, what shall we do to day? Drink…

Reading while walking

12 July 2012 14:45

Unpredicted Consequences of the eBook Number 371: more people are reading as they walk along. I say ‘more’. Actually I’ve…

Wanted: A British comic book industry

2 July 2012 0:00

Viz magazine. The Beano. Judge Dredd. 2000AD… But that’s about it. Why doesn’t Britain have a comic book industry? Try…

A conversation across the centuries

14 June 2012 10:15

E-books are going to win. Anyone who’s seen a bus or a train carriage or a café lately knows that:…

Fiction by subscription

7 June 2012 10:45

What if you could pay £20 a year and get two good new books in return, with your name printed…