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Davies wins Frank O’Connor Short Story Award

9 July 2015

Welsh author Carys Davies has won the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award—the world’s richest prize for a short-story collection, reports the Guardian. Davies won the €25,000 (A$37,312) prize for...

Malala Yousafzai launches #BooksNotBullets campaign

9 July 2015

Nobel laureate and activist Malala Yousafzai, author of I Am Malala (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), has launched the #BooksNotBullets campaign on social media to pressure world leaders to invest in education...

Scribd makes dramatic cuts to romance list

2 July 2015

Scribd is dramatically reducing the number of romance and erotica titles offered through its subscription service in a move that is believed to prevent romance readers from cannibalising profits, reports...

Fuller wins Desmond Elliott Prize

2 July 2015

In the UK, Claire Fuller’s Our Endless Numbered Days (Penguin) has won the £10,000 (A$20,438) Desmond Elliott Prize for new fiction. Fuller’s debut novel was chosen from a shortlist that...

Neurosurgery memoir wins PEN/Ackerley Prize

1 July 2015

The £3000 (A$6115) PEN/Ackerley Prize for a work of memoir or autobiography has been awarded to neurosurgeon Henry Marsh for his memoir Do No Harm: Stories of Life, Death and...

ALA Andrew Carnegie Medals 2015 winners announced

29 June 2015

In the US, the American Library Association (ALA) has announced the winners of the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medals. Anthony Doerr won the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction for...

French publishers’ income down 1.3% in 2014

26 June 2015

French publishers’ net income fell by 1.3% to €2652m ($A3842m) in 2014—the fourth year running that French publishers have recorded a decline, reports the Bookseller. Book sales dropped by 1.7% to...

Amazon UK website records £5.3bn sales in 2014

25 June 2015

Amazon’s UK website has recorded sales of £5.3bn (A$10.8bn) for the year ending December 2014, up 14% from £4.49bn (A$9.1bn) the previous year, reports the Bookseller. The net sales for...