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Independent bookstores are thriving, but a threat looms

by Renata Sago Dec 31, 2018
This isn’t a bad time to be in the independent bookstore business. The American Booksellers Association says there’s been a nearly 31 percent increase in the number of indie bookstores since 2009. The indie renaissance coincides with the collapse of…
Could the "indie renaissance" that has been helping independent bookstores thrive also cause their downfall?
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Copyrighted works are entering the public domain for the first time in over 20 years

by Janet Nguyen Dec 28, 2018
You’ll be able to freely use select works from Robert Frost, Aldous Huxley and Edith Wharton.
American poet Robert Frost, taken about 1963. His “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” will be in the public domain Jan. 1.
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How the ghost of economies past influenced Dickens' "A Christmas Carol"

by Anu Anand Dec 25, 2017
The BBC’s Anu Anand takes a tour of Charles Dickens’ last London home, and chats with a historian who explains how economic hardships influenced the celebrated author’s “A Christmas Carol” classic.  Click the above audio player to hear the full…

UK honors Jane Austen 200 years after death

by Stephen Beard Jul 18, 2017
The romantic novelist is celebrated with her image on a new 10 pound bill.
“Jane Austen was always concerned about the money she made from her writing,” said Kathryn Sutherland, an Oxford professor. “She would be proud and amused to find herself on a bank note.”
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How did Shakespeare make his money?

by Stephen Beard Apr 21, 2016
Did theater or wool-trading account for the playwright's wealth?
A Sotheby's employee handles a copy of William Shakespeare, The First Folio 1623 on July 7, 2006 in London, England. 
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Gillian Flynn on the economics behind 'Gone Girl'

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Book awards push for a wider audience

by Audrey Quinn Oct 14, 2013
Literary prizes like the Man Booker and National Book Award try to broaden their appeal.

Why is it so hard to make a career as a short story writer?

by Sally Herships Oct 10, 2013
Alice Munro's Nobel Prize for Literature is unusual in that she was a short story writer, rather than a novelist. How did she manage to make a career as a short story writer?