David Kelly and Brendan Cauldwell in RTÉ’s 1980 adaptation of ‘Strumpet City’ - James Plunkett’s book  was the most borrowed adult fiction from public libraries in 2013

Strumpet City was the most borrowed book of adult fiction from public libraries last year, new figures show. Library users also elevated Fifty Shades (...)

Chris Hadfield, the former astronaut and YouTube star who has 1.2 million Twitter followers, will become one of the first authors to try and sell their books directly on Twitter. (Photograph: Commander Chris Hadfield/YouTube)

Do tweets sell books? It has long been a question for publishers and authors, who have started relying heavily on social media to promote books as the(...)

Not yet Unlimited: Steve Kessel of  Amazon with a Kindle in 2009. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The battle for the future of the written word entered a new phase this week with the launch here of Kindle Unlimited, an ebook subscription service to(...)

Slow lane: Amazon has delayed delivery of Hachette titles from its warehouses while it puts pressure on the publisher to change its terms. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

When Waterstones opened its first US store, in 1991, the historian Robert Massie told a packed Boston audience at one of our first events: “You do rea(...)

US crime writer James Patterson who is trying to encourage children to read.

Author James Patterson is donating €310,000 to help independent bookshops in Ireland and Britain, in an effort to encourage children to read.The best(...)

It seems we are a very severely divided nation. This should not come as any enormous surprise. Each week we read of red-faced property developers eati(...)

 Know your art from your elbow: graffiti by Sums at this year’s Bridge Jam street-art festival in Drogheda, Co Louth

You can coast through school on a diet of whatever you’re told and what your friends like, but college is different. Now you have to be a cultural (...)

What do we make of the bidding war currently raging around the latest pseudonymously published novel by JK Rowling? We’ll tell you.Some time ago this (...)