Will the 'First Printing' Become a 20th-Century Relic?

For decades, the "first printing" has been a number publishers have slapped on the covers of their advance reading copies, put in bold on the pages of their catalogues, and touted to reporters. The number, though known to be inflated, offered a palatable way for publishers to announce their expectations for a book. Now, in an era when first printings are down because ebooks can account for as much as 50% of sales on frontlist titles, the term "first printing" sounds more and more out of place. The question is, do publishers have a replacement term for positioning different books on their lists? Continue reading at 'Publishers Weekly'

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French government to digitize out-of-print 20th century works, plans ebook initiative

It's a case of having one's cake and eating it, too. Or, in this instance, digitizing the works of others and reselling them online for a 40 percent cut. According to Le Temps, a controversial new law recently passed by the French government will see out-of-print books from the 20th century... Continue reading at Engadget

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How Costumes and Conventions Brought Sci-Fi Fans Together in the Early 20th Century

Science fiction has a deep, rich past—one that sees its roots stretch back to ancient times. Fans and scholars often point to Mary Shelley’s 1818 novel Frankenstein: or, The Modern Prometheus as its most recognizable origin point, followed by the works of authors like Jules Verne, H. G. Wells,... Continue reading at Literrary Hub

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Chatto signs 'major reassessment' of 20th-century philosophy

Chatto is to publish a "major reassessment" of 20th-century philosophy and a call to arms for the modern world from Dr Clare Mac Cumhaill and Dr Rachael Wiseman. Continue reading at The Bookseller

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Oxford University Press to end centuries of tradition by closing its printing arm

Falling sales blamed as 20 jobs axed in final chapter for history of printing in the city, which stretches back to the earliest days of book publishing Oxford University’s right to print books was first recognised in 1586, in a decree from the Star Chamber. But the centuries-old printing history... Continue reading at The Guardian

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Al Murray takes a look at the 20th century with Quercus

Quercus will publish Al Murray's look at 20th-century British history, The Last 100 Years (Give or Take) And All That. Continue reading at The Bookseller

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A Road Trip With One of the 20th Century’s Greatest Writers

“Borges and Me,” a memoir by Jay Parini, recounts a young poet’s travels with Jorge Luis Borges, the Argentine master. Continue reading at The New York Times

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This new database shows the reading habits of major 20th-century authors.

When Sylvia Beach, the New Jersey native who published Ulysses and opened Paris’ Shakespeare and Co. (“the most famous bookstore in the world”), died in 1962, Princeton University purchased and catalogued her papers. This trove of materials reveals, among other things, the reading preferences of... Continue reading at Literrary Hub

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‘Warhol’ paints the Pop Art icon as the most influential artist of the 20th century

Blake Gopnik argues that Warhol had a lasting effect on advertising, fashion, music, film, television and photography. Continue reading at The Washington Post

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Pandemic highlights the staying power of two 20th-century masterpieces

Albert Camus’s “The Plague” and J.M. Coetzee’s “Disgrace” deliver variations on a timely theme. Continue reading at The Washington Post

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The Guardian view on arts prizes: a 20th-century phenomenon? | Editorial

This year’s Booker and Turner prizes tell us artists and even judges are repudiating the winner-takes-all award. It may be time to find new ways to celebrate the artsThe past year has been a curious one for cultural prizes. The Booker, when the judges failed to agree on a single winner, ended up... Continue reading at The Guardian

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Breaking cycling’s color barrier, and world records, in the early 20th century

The enigmatic Major Taylor was one of the first black sports superstars, writes Michael Kranish. Continue reading at The Washington Post

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Macintyre reveals 20th century's 'greatest woman spy' for Viking

Viking has signed two new books from author Ben Macintyre, with the first revealing unpublished intelligence sources about the 20th century's "greatest woman spy" Ursula Kuczynski. Continue reading at The Bookseller

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Montefiores' rabbits get the royal treatment with 20th Century Fox

Santa Montefiore and Simon Sebag Montefiore’s The Royal Rabbits of London is set to be turned into a hybrid-animated live-action feature film by a division of 20th Century Fox. Continue reading at The Bookseller

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Townsend's Nevermoor snapped up by 20th Century Fox

Jessica Townsend’s Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow will be adapted for screen by the Oscar-nominated writer of "The Martian" for Twentieth Century Fox. Continue reading at The Bookseller

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20th Century Fox buys rights to No Exit thriller

Lorella Belli of the eponymous London-based agency has sold film rights in Taylor Adams' thriller, No Exit, to Hollywood studio 20th Century Fox. Continue reading at The Bookseller

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Stan Lee feature 'in development' at 20th Century Fox

An action adventure involving comic book maestro Stan Lee is in development at 20th Century Fox, according to reports. Continue reading at BBC News

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Racist, ​s​exist, ​r​ude​ and crude​: the worst of 20th century advertising – in pictures

Beyond Belief, a new book by Charles Saatchi, brings together the most shocking advertising campaigns of the last century. From racism and sexism to dodgy health claims, nothing was out of bounds for the real-life Mad MenBeyond Belief: Racist, Sexist, Rude, Crude and Dishonest, The Golden Age of... Continue reading at The Guardian

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In the main section of today's print edition of The New York Times, readers will notice a whole lot of nothing on pages 9 and 10. The two virtually blank, back-to-back pages are actually an ad for 20th Century Fox's upcoming film adaptation of Markus Zusak's best-selling novel, "The Book Thief,"... Continue reading at Advertising Age

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W&N signs alternative history of 20th century

Weidenfeld & Nicolson has acquired at auction a new non-fiction book offering an alternative... Continue reading at The Bookseller

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