Book review: Mr Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, By Robin Sloan

A hip meditation on the future of print: Dan Brown in Silicon Valley

The small Welsh town of Blaenavon

Businessman behind ambitious plan to turn Welsh town into literary hotspot jailed in US for string of sex offences

James Hanna sentenced to two separate 60-year jail terms for producing child pornography and rape

Judge a book by its cover version

The Bookshop Band are Britain's only literary band. “We've just written a song inspired by Damian Barr's Maggie & Me,” says Ben Please. The Avon trio are fresh from a UK tour of independent bookshops and last month played Glastonbury. Authors who've had their books immortalised in song love it: “Rachel Joyce brought her family to see us when we played at a shop near her home,” says Please.

Between the Covers 28/07/2013

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

The Cuckoo's Calling' is displayed on a shelf at a book store in London. The crime novel has sold out after Harry Potter author JK Rowling was revealed as the book's author

JK Rowling's unmasking boosts sales of The Cuckoo's Calling

Just a few days after JK Rowling was unmasked as the author behind crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling sales of the book have more than tripled.

Prickly customer: The Mexican agave plant, a source of fermented beverages, including tequila, for centuries

Drink it in: Raise a toast to a growing band of home-brewers

When it's too hot to walk as far as the corner shop for a beverage, there's only one thing to do: make it yourself at home.

Has your child racked up a sky-high iPad bill? Parents, take some responsibility

Only an irresponsible parent allows unlimited iPad access. Children are not allowed to put items in supermarket trolleys without permission - the principle is identical.

Robin van Persie of Manchester United signs autographs after a first team training session at Kogarah

Manchester United excite fans in Australia - with 17,000 buying tickets to watch a training session

The Premier League champions are to play an A-League All Star XI on Saturday

JK Rowling offered her latest work under a pseudonym to other publishers but was rejected

Bookshops clamour for copies of JK Rowling's secret book The Cuckoo's Calling

The book only sold 1,500 copies under Rowling's pseudonym, Robert Galbraith

The provisions made by Waitrose to check conditons with producers were insufficient

Is a Waitrose addiction really the wisest idea for a student?

It has a reputation for being an expensive way to shop. But is it worth it?

Book cover for Annabel Pitcher's 'Ketchup Clouds'

Matt-touch book covers: a feast for your fingers

Are you a fondler? Or do you keep your hands to yourself in a bookshop? The question is seen as a vital one for publishers keen to preserve the traditional paper book. Why? Because a tactile, finger-friendly cover can often mean the difference between a strong seller and one that bombs at the tills, or so the thinking goes.

Review: Firefly, By Janette Jenkins

Noël’s voice rings true in elegiac prose

The Cuadrilla shale fracking facility in Preston, Lancashire

Fracking ‘sticks in your mind because it is such a horrible word’: Malton has mixed feelings about its new prospects

On the British Geological Survey map published today, Malton in North Yorkshire is slap bang in the middle of a large blue shaded area.

Julia Donaldson, creator of ‘The Gruffalo’, is backing the campaign

Best-selling authors including Julia Donaldson and Joanne Harris vow to promote independent bookshops

Top-selling authors including The Gruffalo writer Julia Donaldson, Joanne Harris and Kate Morton are planning on altering their websites to link to independent bookshops following complaints that they only promote Amazon and chain retailers.

Best-selling author Iain Banks

Tributes paid to 'Wasp Factory' author Iain Banks after he dies from cancer: 'He's dead, I'm crying in an empty house'

Bestselling crime writer Ian Rankin has led tributes to his late friend Ian Banks, author of The Wasp Factory and The Crow Road, who died yesterday aged 59 just two months after announcing he had terminal cancer.

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