The What’s A Book Worth Campaign

As anyone who is following me on Twitter will likely know, I have just started a social media campaign called #WhatsABookWorth. I had the idea at a forum called Did Anybody Ask The Author?, run by author and life-coach John-Paul Flintoff. The event was a day-long brainstorming session involving some thirty authors and publishers which … Continue reading The What’s A Book Worth Campaign

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History Today column: Charlie Hebdo and the judgement of history

As I write this, millions of people are on the streets of France to protest about the murders of eight writers and artists at Charlie Hebdo, of four Jewish patrons of a kosher food store, and of three police officers. Much comment in the media has identified the slaughter in Manichean terms, reflecting a battle … Continue reading History Today column: Charlie Hebdo and the judgement of history

Towards a higher journalism: The Sun, Trevor Kavanagh and tabloid news culture

For those of us who enjoy a little schadenfreude with our morning coffee, today was a very good day. At the weekend, five senior journalists on The Sun were arrested in dawn raids involving considerable numbers of police officers as part of Operation Elveden, the investigation into allegedly illegal payments to police and other public … Continue reading Towards a higher journalism: The Sun, Trevor Kavanagh and tabloid news culture

File-sharing and the future of publishing

Megan McArdle has recently posted a couple of excellent blog posts (here and here) on The Atlantic on the subject of illegal downloading, and where on the spectrum from file-sharing to file-stealing it really sits. This is, of course, a thorny problem – and one that excites a great deal of passion on either side. … Continue reading File-sharing and the future of publishing