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(...)

Joseph Fink, Cecil Baldwin and Jeffrey Cranor

‘A friendly desert community where the sun is hot, the moon is beautiful, and mysterious lights pass overhead while we all pretend to sleep. Welcom(...)

Derek Landy: "I write in my office, on a Mac. I know writers who work in cafes and in hotels and on planes . . . I can’t do that. I have to be at home and I have to be alone."

What was the first book to make an impression on you? Cujo, by Stephen King. I haven’t read it since I was a kid, but it terrified me. I was too yo(...)

The Amazon warehouse in Peterborough, England. ‘Music and print media are among the industries most fundamentally changed by digitisation. When Amazon likens the change to the arrival of the paperback, it makes a grave underestimation – the invention of printing is a better analogy.’ Photograph: Reuters/Phil Noble

A group of leading authors, including Donna Tartt, Stephen King and Malcolm Gladwell, has attempted to intervene in the dispute between publisher H(...)

Amazon has been waging a battle against Hachette, the fourth-largest US book publisher, over the price the online retailer can charge for e-books. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Amazon. com has halted pre-orders of some Disney movies, the Wall Street Journal reported, in what appears to be another contract dispute after the on(...)

Author Dwayne Alexander Smith. Photograph: Gordon Chou

Dwayne Alexander Smith is a screenwriter and author living in Los Angeles. Forty Acres is his first novel. What was the first book to make an i(...)

Jojo Moyes, Sam Lipstye, Lia Mills, and John Connolly

For writers, plot is one of the most divisive components of a novel or short story. Some hew to the idea of a tightly plotted story, others believe t(...)

The End of the Affair: With plenty of reflection on the novel-writing process and insights into the obsessive mind of the writer, Maurice Bendrix (played in Neil Jordan’s film adapatation by Ralph Fiennes) is an intriguing antihero, loosely based on Graham Greene himself

The End of the Affair, Graham Greene (1951) Set in London, Greene’s novel follows writer Maurice Bendrix in the closing months of the second Wo(...)

Sinead Crowley: “the last book that made me text everyone I knew and demand they buy it was Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”

Sinead Crowley, RTÉ’s arts and media correspondent, is the author of Can Anybody Help Me? (Quercus, £12.99). A self-confessed internet addict, she (...)

Film review: Carrie

There are less frustrating ways of wasting time than wondering why anybody would bother remaking The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Nightmare on Elm Street(...)