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Thursday November 12, 2020 at 5:48pm
Bookshop.org, which launched in the US earlier this year, has accelerated UK plans and goes online this week in partnership with more than 130 shopsIt is being described as a “revolutionary moment in the history of bookselling”: a socially conscious alternative to Amazon that allows readers to buy books online while supporting their local independent bookseller. And after a hugely successful launch in the US, it is open in the UK from today.View More
Friday May 22, 2020 at 1:10pm
These are unprecedented times – but even so, comparisons are being made to the Second World War in terms of the magnitude of the crisis that coronavirus represents. Some of this rhetoric is unhelpful but, as we bunker down into our homes and the government gets on a war footing, there is little doubt that the challenge to our liberty, leisure time and sense of wellbeing is real.With early reports that book sales are soaring while bookshops and warehouses close down and publishers reassess ....
Sunday May 17, 2020 at 3:28pm
A new survey has revealed that people in the UK have almost doubled the amount of time they spend reading books since lockdown began, but instead of dystopian fiction readers are turning to the “comfort” of crime and thrillers.Nielsen Book’s research found that 41% of people said they were reading more books since Boris Johnson imposed the measures on 23 March. According to the nationally representative sample of 1,000 adults, surveyed from 29 April to 1 May, the nation has als....
Tuesday May 5, 2020 at 1:12pm
Neil Gaiman has apologised to “everyone on the island” of Skye after he was spoken to by local police for travelling more than 11,000 miles from New Zealand to his home there, in breach of Scotland’s lockdown rules.Gaiman, the author of the Sandman comics, Coraline and American Gods, left New Zealand at the start of May, writing on his blog that he and his wife Amanda Palmer had “found ourselves in a rough place” and “needed to give each other some space, whic....
Wednesday April 29, 2020 at 1:13pm
Bryan Washington, a 27-year-old writer from Houston, has won the £30,000 Swansea University International Dylan Thomas prize for his “kickass” debut short story collection, Lot.The collection is a portrait of the author’s home town, one of the most diverse cities in the US. Half of the stories follow a young gay man, with a black mother and a Latino father, who wrestles with his own sexuality and the challenging attitudes of those around him. The rest roam among the city&....
Thursday April 23, 2020 at 4:21pm
This April 23, World Book Day is being celebrated by millions of people and over 100 countries in lockdown. With schools closed due to COVID-19 and families confined at home, books stimulate our minds and boost well-being.With schools closed due to COVID-19 and families stuck at home, books are more important than ever to stimulate minds and inspire hope. In fact, some research has found reading has surged in many households since lockdown restrictions have been put in place. Today's World Book....
Friday March 27, 2020 at 4:07pm
First and foremost, we hope everyone is keeping safe and well in these difficult times.If while at home you wish to continue or start publishing a book please do, and the site will take you through the publishing steps.  Our frequently asked questions, accessible via the top of the homepage can also assist.FeedARead is a highly automated site in its publishing steps, so is able to continue to assist you to publish for those who may want to, including to help keep busy in these times if you ....
Sunday March 22, 2020 at 12:10pm
Waterstones has said it will close its 280 UK branches from Monday, hours after its chief executive said the bookstore chain was “no different to a supermarket or a pharmacy” and would stay open during the coronavirus shutdown.James Daunt said the decision had been taken after some staff complained that they felt at risk in the stores and had not been given any protective equipment such as hand sanitiser or gloves.View News item
Thursday March 5, 2020 at 10:20am
Parents at one school are being told not to dress up their children for World Book Day because of concerns about cost.Staff at St Nicholas Priory School in Great Yarmouth sent out a Facebook message to parents on March 2 which asked pupils to come into school in normal uniform, and said that "members of staff will instead come up with an exciting costume to inspire the children".One said that it was "nice to see the school doing something different" by encouraging the teacher....
Monday September 2, 2019 at 1:55pm
It makes sense for Hollywood to look to the written word for inspiration when it comes to producing new films. But, the sad truth is there's become an over-reliance on using pre-existing material to either find the next big franchise or to capitalise on the success of a bestseller. It's fair enough – these adaptations will always be guaranteed large box office takings thanks to the book's readers merely showing up to see how the film has translated certai....