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Nepotism, bullying and stalking: When online reviews go bad

The tangible power author Kathleen Hale wields, evinced by her numerous connections and Guardian platform, enabled her continued harassment of her book’s 1-star reviewer. The vocal support and defence put forward by Hale’s influential friends and family appears to be a case of privilege feeding narcissism. Read more »

Making and taking: striking a balance between consumption and creation

Perhaps I’m just particularly neurotic, but whenever I’m writing I feel a niggling guilt that tells me I really should be reading, and whenever I’m reading I feel a niggling guilt that tells me I really should be writing. When I write, I feel as though I’m … Read more »

Third Wave Bookselling: Building a literary culture in the shadow of Amazon

The best way to understand what bookselling is like right now is to understand what selling coffee was like in the late 90s. Back then, while Starbucks store launches were routinely protested, the Seattle-based company’s growth was accelerating. If you were involved in roasting or selling coffee, … Read more »

Kill Your Darlings ebooks are just what your ereader was looking for

ebook users rejoice! All 2012 issues of Kill Your Darlings are available for purchase via Amazon, Booki.sh and KOBO. Need a refresher? Take a stroll through this year’s issues and see the brilliant writers featured in 2012: No. 8, No. 9, No. 10, No. 11. We’ve also … Read more »

‘Business as usual!’ at The Book Depository

It seems not a week goes by without some important book retailing news going down in the UK: first came the announcement that James Daunt (the man responsible for the successful chain of London independent bookshops that bear his name) had been appointed as head of the … Read more »

The Sad Fate of the Second-hand Bookshop

The lead essay of Kill Your Darlings Issue Five, by Bookseller+Publisher editor-in-chief Matthia Dempsey, considers how online book buying is affecting brick-and-mortar bookshops. Here, Amy Roil casts her mind to the beloved institution of the second-hand bookshop. People watching me scurry past my local second-hand bookshop, hands … Read more »

A paler world: book culture in a jiffy bag?

One of the most depressing days of my bookselling career came in late December of 2010, deep in the Christmas gift trade. It wasn’t that sales were lousy or the weather was extreme or any of the other typical retailer gripes during silly season. No, it was … Read more »

Inflamed: Chris Flynn on Kindling Torpedo

For the inaugural Killings podcast, I spoke with Torpedo‘s editor, Chris Flynn. Torpedo 7 was released just this week – and it’s only available in non-paper form. Chris caused a stir in local publishing channels by making Torpedo the first literary journal in Australia – and the … Read more »