Only around half of pre-school children are read to on a daily basis, a “steep decline” from 69% five years ago.

“I finally read Harry Potter”: one Book Riot contributor shares her experience (with gifs).

Awards for women, writers of colour, small presses – why are there so many books prizes? Claire Armitstead weighs in.

The shortlist is out for the International Prize for Arabic Fiction.

The Guardian rounds up the top 10 books about adultery.

Erin Kelly fights back at a recent assertion: ebooks are not stupid, she says. They’re a revolution.

Amazon will adapt the late Scottish author Iain M Banks’ acclaimed space opera Consider Phlebas 30 years after it was first published.

Happy Birthday to the poet who thought “poetry makes nothing happen”: Hannah Arendt on the time she met WH Auden.

Seven Stories, The National Centre for Children’s Books, will next week launch a crowdfunding campaign for events that are suitable for children with special educational needs.

A report has found that Scottish teenagers are not reading challenging enough books.

Meanwhile, bestselling children’s authors including David Walliams have been attacked by an academic for “feasting on royalties” and churning out books that do not challenge their fans.

Kit de Waal’s anthology Common People, providing a platform for new working class writers, is now fully crowd-funded for publication with Unbound.

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