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The makers of multi-million dollar mobile game Candy Crush Saga has responded to criticism over its approach to intellectual property after it recently trademarked the word ‘candy’ and pursued other publishers for infringement.

Author E L James is looking to adapt her best-selling erotic novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, for the big screen

Fifty Shades of success for British publishing as e-readers spark 2012 sales boom

Ebooks are not killing the publishing industry as feared by analysts. Quite the opposite, in fact, according to the latest sales figures which show the publishing industry in Britain is booming.

Pearson braced for challenges following slip in sales to £1.2bn

Financial Times owner Pearson today admitted underlying sales fell 1% to  £1.2 billion in the first quarter, against a 3% rise a year ago, in a sign of the tough task facing new chief executive John Fallon.

Publisher and photographer accused over Kate Middleton topless photos

A magazine publisher and a photographer have been placed under formal investigation in France for allegedly invading the privacy of the Duchess of Cambridge.

The Business Matrix: Wednesday 24 April 2013

Quercus pins hopes on Suggs

The hit, By Melvin Burgess

Goodbye, tomorrow's cruel world

Small blogs will escape post-Leveson rules

Government seeks to 'clarify the position' over smaller scale operations

Amazon is ‘destroying’ publishing industry

Online giant Amazon is harming the books industry and threatens to “destroy” competition, the head of Britain’s booksellers has warned.

Margaret Thatcher to have final word with approved new posthumous autobiography

Margaret Thatcher will have the final word on her life and times when a new autobiography, produced in accordance with her wishes, is published later this week.

Fifty Shades of Feminism, Edited by Lisa Appignanesi, Rachel Holmes & Susie Orbach

Four decades after the birth of Virago, writers explore the many meanings of feminism now

Between the Covers: 31/03/2013

Your weekly guide to what's really going on inside the world of books

Jonas Jonasson's Centurion becomes a Swede sensation

Arguably the biggest word-of-mouth literary sensation of the decade is neither Nordic crime fiction nor vampire romance, but rather a fable about an old man stumbling through momentous events of the last century after escaping from an old people's home. The Hundred-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Disappeared, five million copies sold and currently number six on Amazon's chart, has become everybody's commute-read with neither hype or a media campaign.

'Goblinproofing One's Chicken Coop' won Oddest Title of the Year

Book on goblin-proofing chicken coops wins Oddest Title

Title won prize despite competition from a book on Adolf Hitler's health, and a book on how to sharpen pencils

Ronald Reagan's daughter Patti Davis has written a lesbian love story

Ronald Reagan's daughter Patti Davis pens lesbian love story

Former US president Ronald Reagan’s daughter Patti Davis has penned a new novel based on a lesbian love story.

Daily Variety breathes its last

End of an era for Hollywood as Daily Variety goes weekly

Every weekday for 80 years, Daily Variety has brought the latest film news to the doorstep of Hollywood’s great and good.

Johnston Press dives on ads fall

The regional newspapers publisher Johnston Press has revealed full-year profits more than halved, blaming it on lower advertising revenue.

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British doctors on brink of cure for paralysis

Sufferers can now be offered the possibility of cure thanks to a revolutionary implant of regenerative cells
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Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

Will there be an all-female mission to Mars?

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Oscar Pistorius sentencing: The athlete's wealth and notoriety have provoked a long overdue debate on South African prisons

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If Oscar Pistorius is sent to jail, his experience will not be that of other inmates
James Wharton: The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

The former Guard now fighting discrimination against gay soldiers

Life after the Army has brought new battles for the LGBT activist James Wharton
Ebola in the US: Panic over the virus threatens to infect President Obama's midterms

Panic over Ebola threatens to infect the midterms

Just one person has died, yet November's elections may be affected by what Republicans call 'Obama's Katrina', says Rupert Cornwell
Premier League coaches join the RSC to swap the tricks of their trades

Darling, you were fabulous! But offside...

Premier League coaches are joining the RSC to learn acting skills, and in turn they will teach its actors to play football. Nick Clark finds out why
How to dress with authority: Kirsty Wark and Camila Batmanghelidjh discuss the changing role of fashion in women's workwear

How to dress with authority

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New book on Joy Division's Ian Curtis sheds new light on the life of the late singer

New book on Ian Curtis sheds fresh light on the life of the late singer

'Joy Division were making art... Ian was for real' says author Jon Savage
Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

Sean Harris: A rare interview with British acting's secret weapon

The Bafta-winner talks Hollywood, being branded a psycho, and how Barbra Streisand is his true inspiration
Tim Minchin, interview: The musician, comedian and world's favourite ginger is on scorching form

Tim Minchin interview

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Boris's boozing won't win the puritan vote

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Tim Wheeler: Alzheimer's, memories and my dad

Wheeler's dad suffered from Alzheimer's for three years. When he died, there was only one way the Ash frontman knew how to respond: with a heartfelt solo album