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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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'Timeless fashion': It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it

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It may be a paradox, but the industry loves it
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Evolution of swimwear

From bathing dresses in the twenties to modern bikinis
Sun, sex and an anthropological study: One British academic's summer of hell in Magaluf

Sun, sex and an anthropological study

One academic’s summer of hell in Magaluf
From Shakespeare to Rising Damp... to Vicious

Frances de la Tour's 50-year triumph

'Rising Damp' brought De la Tour such recognition that she could be forgiven if she'd never been able to move on. But at 70, she continues to flourish - and to beguile
'That Whitsun, I was late getting away...'

Ian McMillan on the Whitsun Weddings

This weekend is Whitsun, and while the festival may no longer resonate, Larkin's best-loved poem, lives on - along with the train journey at the heart of it
Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath in a new light

Songs from the bell jar

Kathryn Williams explores the works and influences of Sylvia Plath
How one man's day in high heels showed him that Cannes must change its 'no flats' policy

One man's day in high heels

...showed him that Cannes must change its 'flats' policy
Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Is a quiet crusade to reform executive pay bearing fruit?

Dominic Rossi of Fidelity says his pressure on business to control rewards is working. But why aren’t other fund managers helping?
The King David Hotel gives precious work to Palestinians - unless peace talks are on

King David Hotel: Palestinians not included

The King David is special to Jerusalem. Nick Kochan checked in and discovered it has some special arrangements, too
More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years

End of the Aussie brain drain

More people moving from Australia to New Zealand than in the other direction for first time in 24 years
Meditation is touted as a cure for mental instability but can it actually be bad for you?

Can meditation be bad for you?

Researching a mass murder, Dr Miguel Farias discovered that, far from bringing inner peace, meditation can leave devotees in pieces
Eurovision 2015: Australians will be cheering on their first-ever entrant this Saturday

Australia's first-ever Eurovision entrant

Australia, a nation of kitsch-worshippers, has always loved the Eurovision Song Contest. Maggie Alderson says it'll fit in fine