Jan 16, 2015

U.K. publisher mocked for banning mention of pigs in books

British politicians on Thursday criticized publisher Oxford University Press over its advice to omit pigs and sausages from books for children sold abroad in order not to offend the Jewish or Muslim communities. The existence of the recommendations was revealed during a debate on ...

Award to honor unsung Japanese translators

Jan 6, 2015

Award to honor unsung Japanese translators

Don’t judge a book by its cover and neither necessarily by its author. Foreign literature can be ruined in translation. Several leading translators have established an award for members of their silent craft, to honor those ultimately responsible for some of the finest foreign ...

Dec 28, 2014

Amazon-Hachette feud headlined book news in 2014

by Hillel Italie

Like a serial for the digital age, the book world’s most dramatic story of 2014 unfolded in installments, often in real time. A dispute about e-book revenues between Amazon.com and Hachette Book Group led to Amazon’s removing buy buttons, cutting discounts and reducing orders ...

Dec 11, 2014

Hobbit fans drop plan for Tolkien evil eye in Moscow

A group of Russian designers on Wednesday scrapped a planned light installation modeled on the all-seeing evil eye in J.R.R Tolkien’s fantasy novels after the Russian Orthodox Church protested. The group had planned to raise what resembles a giant glowing eye on the 21st ...

Dec 4, 2014

British 'vlogger' beats J.K. Rowling with best-seller

A British video blogger has sold more than 78,000 copies of her first book in a week, beating established authors like J.K. Rowling and Dan Brown. “Girl Online,” by 24-year-old Zoe Sugg, set a record for sales of a debut novel in Britain, the ...

Oct 16, 2014

JK Rowling working on three new wizard movies

Harry Potter author JK Rowling is working on three new wizard-based movies to be released starting in 2016, studio giant Warner Bros. announced Wednesday. The first, “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” will be directed by David Yates, who directed the last four ...