JK Rowling has revealed the tragic story behind the creation of one Harry Potter character.

The Observer reflects on the persuasive art of the book dust jacket.

A coffee shop and an independent bookshop in Norwich are partnering to help readers discover new books.

The early results of 2017’s Digital Census 2017 are in, and it’s good news for print, ebooks, and especially audiobooks.

Blackwells are opening a new shop in Oxford, and its design signals a new strategy for the company.

Independent publisher Influx Press is to open its submissions exclusively to women of colour in a bid to expand the range of voices and scope of work it publishes.

More libraries are at risk — in Northamptonshire, this time.

Podcasts

On Front Row, Tales Of The City writer Armistead Maupin discusses his new memoir Logical Family, which details his early life in an ultra-conservative family in the deep South, serving in Vietnam, and his move to San Francisco, the city with which he is most associated.

Woman’s Hour interviews Katy Tur, author of Unbelievable: My Front-Row Seat to the Craziest Campaign in American History.

Mostly Lit has a special live episode this week.

On Adventures With Words, Rob and Kate discuss the Booker winner and the The Book of Dust.

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