BBC To Buy Out Lonely Planet

19.2.2011 BBC Worldwide is paying A$67.2m (£42.1m) to acquire the 25% of travel guide publisher Lonely Planet that it does not already own. Tony and Maureen Wheeler, who co-founded the Australian travel publisher in 1973, have exercised a put option on their remaining stake as agreed when the controversial deal for the BBC’s commercial arm to buy 75% of the company was struck in 2007. hyzaar... read more

“The Goblin Market” by Jennifer Hudock

When American freelance editor Jennifer Hudock sent me her indie book “The Goblin Market” for review, I have to admit I was pretty sceptic about it. I mean, Jennifer told me she was inspired by Cristina Rossetti, Dante Gabriel Rossetti’s brilliant sister, author of a very famous English poem with the same title. “This woman cannot be serious”, I told myself. “I mean, Rossetti? An American writer who... read more

Miley Cyrus is reportedly “furious” with her father

Miley Cyrus is reportedly “furious” with her father over recent comments he made publicly about her role on Hannah Montana. In an interview with GQ, Billy Ray Cyrus blamed the Disney series for “destroying” his family and causing his daughter to “go off the track”. A source told PopEater: “To say Miley is angry is an understatement. She’s furious that her... read more

Eat, Pray and Love: the book against the film

14.2.2011 Rivers of ink have been spent on Elisabeth Gilbert’s best seller Eat, Pray and Love. I’m now writing something myself , in occasion of the release of the film’s DVD:  let’s see if I can add something new, avoiding being too pleonastic. The book has been controversial from day one. Apparently most people, curiously predominantly women, have heavily criticised the author,... read more

E-reader market doubles over Christmas in the UK

09.02.11 The e-reader market doubled over Christmas, according to statistics given out by the Publishers Association at its annual digital seminar. The figures, compiled by Book Marketing Limited, showed that 7% of British adults received a dedicated e-reader over the festive period, bringing the total percentage of adults with e-book readers up to 13%, or 6.5m adults. The Kindle was revealed as the most... read more

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