On Book Riot, I wrote about features I’d love to see Goodreads add.

The Guardian has a list of the top 10 books to understand happiness.

Wood Green’s Big Green Books have successfully run their “buy a stranger a book” campaign again today.

The National Literacy Trust invites top-flight footballers from the UK to pick their favourite books and encourage children, especially boys, to read. The Independent has rounded up their recent picks.

Fact or friction: recent controversies surrounding books by Sally Kohn and Amy Chozick have revealed the problem with factchecking in the book world.

Waterstones has U-turned on its decision to brand a new branch in Edinburgh “Stockbridge Books”, following an outcry from a nearby independent bookseller and many of its allies. That’s great, but it would be even better if they focussed on opening in places where there weren’t any bookshops at all.

John Murray is publishing Stephen Hawking’s Brief Answers to the Big Questions – the last book he was working on before he died.

The Bookseller has a round up of the British Book Awards in pictures.

Celebrations are taking place to mark the 20th anniversary of Wigtown being declared Scotland’s national book town. The move has been credited with transforming its economy after years of decline.

Prizes

Border by Kapka Kassabova, a book telling the stories of people living in a border zone shared by Bulgaria, Turkey and Greece is the winner of the new Highland Book Prize.

Trapeze Books is partnering with dating website eharmony to launch a creative writing competition seeking to “find the next great love story”.

The Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Fiction has been withheld for the first time in its 18 years because none of the entries “prompted unanimous, abundant laughter”.

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