The chairman of the Apostrophe Society has called Waterstones’ dropping of its apostrophe “just plain wrong”, as the national press reacted to the change.
The move was reported in the Daily Mail, Daily Telegraph and on BBC Radio 4’s “Today” programme this morning (12th January), with Apostrophe Society chairman John Richards reported as saying: “It’s just plain wrong. It’s gramatically incorrect. If Sainsbury’s and McDonald’s can get it right, then why can’t Waterstones? You would really hope that a bookshop is the last place to be so slapdash with English.”
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The Good Muslim
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The Good Muslim, The Marriage Plot and Go the F**k to Sleep are among the books literary publishing directors wish they had published themselves this year, with Other People’s Money, What I Did and The Dovekeepers among those they had thought would make a bigger impact.
In a Guardian round-up of “Wishes and Misses”, publishers including Jamie Byng, Suzanne Baboneau and Alexandra Pringle selected the titles they wish they had published, and those they did that they had higher hopes for. Among the reasons for books not catching a wider readership, the editors suggested variously a lack of support from booksellers, and the challenge of “pushing a backlist”.
Pringle, editor-in-chief at Bloomsbury, selected Other People’s Money by Justin Cartwright as her book which deserved better, saying: “It received outstanding reviews—the best, probably, he has every received—and it sold well. Yet not only was it not shortlisted for the Man Booker or Costa; it was not once mentioned in the press as one that should have been nominated.” She selected Tahmina Anam’s The Good Muslim (Canongate) and Louisa Young’s My Dear I Wanted to Tell You (HarperCollins) as books she was “especially sad” not to get, having offered on them.
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Jeff Kinney, author of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, has filed a trademark lawsuit against Antarctic Press, publisher of a series of books called Diary of a Zombie Kid, according to US press reports.
Kinney and his company Wimpy Kid Inc. filed the suit on Tuesday this week (20th December) against Antarctic Press in a US District Court in Boston for violating trademark laws by publishing books too similar in appearance to the Wimpy Kid series.
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Apple c.e.o. Steve Jobs’ authorised biography, which is published by Little, Brown this November, is set to include the story of Jobs’ shock resignation from the technology company on Wednesday night.
The book, written by journalist Walter Isaacson, is set to release on 21st November, priced £25. Its US publisher is Simon & Schuster which told PCMag overnight that Isaacson “speaks to Jobs regularly and is still working on the final chapter of the book”.
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A book advising dentists to manage their practices according to the leadership techniques of a legendary Mongolian warlord has been voted the winner of the Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year.
Managing a Dental Practice the Genghis Khan Way by Michael R Young (Radcliffe Publishing) was crowned the winner with the majority share of an online vote at thebookseller.com. It joins an illustrious list of former winners including Living with Crazy Buttocks, Greek Rural Postmen and Their Cancellation Numbers, How to Avoid Huge Ships, and Highlights in the History of Concrete.
James, Aunts Spiker and Sponge, as well as the Centipede, Ladybird and Earthworm will be celebrated this spring as Puffin publishes a 50th anniversary edition of Roald Dahl’s James and the Giant Peach, and launches a mission to move the peach around the world.
The full-colour, large format, paperback picturebook will be illustrated by Quentin Blake, who will also illustrate the new 50th anniversary logo which will appear on both the book and the standard black-and-white paperback edition.
Elv Moody, director for Classic Puffin, said: “We are thrilled to be publishing this stunning 50th anniversary edition of James and the Giant Peach. The large format and colour illustrations make it a perfect gift, and extend its appeal to younger readers.”