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Impressions from the London Book Fair

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Writing a blog on your first London Book Fair, in its last year at Earls Court, means you have the job of writing up first impressions of a new event, for the first time, for the last time at an old venue, before the old event moves to a new venue, where you’ll get new first impressions, for the second time. This, in a dizzying sort of way, summed up the London Book Fair for me. Sprawling, active and at times exciting.

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Impressions from Bologna Book Fair

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As a first-time visitor to Bologna and one who knows the value of personal recommendations, I contacted publishers to ask for guidance. Visions of stand numbers flying into my inbox and long lists of seminars I should be attending were dispelled by each and every contact advising the same thing: eat. Eat a lot.

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UK Film Success Welcomed by All – Except Copyright Saboteurs

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That publishing does not quite have its equivalent of Oscar night or the BRITs is both a blessing and a curse.

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The Gaping Hole in the Pirate’s Logic

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When your enemy is making a mistake, suggested Napoleon, it is best not to interrupt them. 

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Different Year, Same Challenges

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The fashion of the world at this time of year to is to conjure up the image of a clean slate, wiped of the concerns of the previous year and ready to be inscribed with the excitements of that coming.  

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Ice Cream for All - no questions asked

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Imagine for a happy moment that the government was minded to introduce the “Ice Cream (Free Provision) Act” which had as a laudable policy aim the granting of free ice cream to everybody in England & Wales.

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'Courting Disaster' - the story of international copyright reform, coming to a screen near you ...

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Attending the International Federation of Reprographic Rights Organisations (IFRRO) world congress in Istanbul last week was rather like being in one of those disaster movies where a global disease threatens to wipe out life on the planet, as it progressively infects the world population. 

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Everyone is actually a consumer

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Everybody is only potentially a voter, but everyone is actually a consumer. So, the political logic runs,

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Shall we dance? New partners at the Curriculum Ball

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The announcement of (most) of the new national curriculum for England on 11 September came out as news, but in reality marked the final step in a two-and-a-half year process. 

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New Term, Same Focus

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Perhaps it’s having school-age children, or an innate sympathy with the rhythms of the football calendar, but September always seems to have more the feel of a fresh start than does the new year.   Free of the tyranny of resolutions (either of those to be made or the thought of those long since broken) the beginning of the Autumn term has all of the promise of a newly stocked pencil case.  It’s like January, but with a sun tan and less of a hangover.

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Do you have a problem?

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Traditionally the UK book market hasn’t seen much piracy, it has been something publishers have dealt with in overseas market for many years but the UK itself has always remained clean thanks to a mix of competitive book pricing, a vibrant second-hand market and easily accessible community libraries.

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