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Penguin Random House had a very profitable 2014. That means advances will go up, right? Right?

Why crime fiction is leftwing and thrillers are rightwing. Interesting.

A coloring book has risen to #1 at Amazon. Secret Garden, by Joanna Basford, might just represent a new genre. Certainly it’s a godsend to the colored pencil industry.

Is another war brewing with Amazon? HarperCollins is refusing to sign the new boilerplate contract. Or are we reading too much into this.

When you know it’s time to move on: Elizabeth Spann Craig shares insights on going indie. Or rather hybrid, since she still has traditionally published books in print, and one forthcoming. I think hybrid is the future. At least the near future.

The desk of Charles Dickens will go on permanent display.

Who really needs another literary journal? We all do, that’s who. I love this interview.

Tomas Tranströmer, poet and 2011 Nobel Prize laureate, has died at age 83.

The Girl On The Train is the fastest-selling adult hardcover fiction debut ever.

Joe Konrath has launched a company to sell indie ebooks to libraries: Ebooks Are Forever. We’ll have to wait and see whether libraries will embrace it, and whether KDP Select will stand in its way.

Nielsen survey results: “E-books’ market share of new-book sales increased slightly in 2014 over 2013, while the share of all book sales made through online retailers and bookstore chains dipped in the same period.”

25 maps that explain the English language. I eat this shit up.

Finally, 100 beautiful English words you need to use more. They left out my favorites: haberdashery and nonchalance.

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