Books, reading & writing
Anything and everything in Books, reading & writing from across our archives.
Google Digitisation Project Thrown Out of Court
A Federal Court judge in New York has rejected an agreement between Google, publishers and a group of about 40 libraries. Google has been digitising books in these libraries - which include Stanford University and the University of Chicago - with a view to making them viewable and searchable online. The books Google has been digitising include out-of-print books and ‘orphan’ books - books…
Argentinian Writers’ Pension Scheme Proposed
Julio Cortázar, who spent much of his writing life in exile in Paris, via WikiCommons
Argentinian lawmakers are considering a proposal that will pay a special pension to established writers in their dotage. The proposal could see writers who have had a minimum of five books published, or devoted at least 20 years to “literary creation”, receive a government pension three times above the…
Boys Will Be Boys Clubs
Novelist Amanda Craig has contended that the best female writers of her generation “worked in the shadow of the Amis-McEwan-Barnes-Rushdie generation” with “many of the worst omissions are, predictably, women”.
Craig goes on to list several female novelists - including Liz Jensen and Pat Ferguson, who “has since been unable to find a mainstream publisher despite her dark, dazzling novels being highly readable and…
Explore these other subjects, across our site.