Want a bestseller? Write about Henry or Hitler… [Guardian.co.uk]
From Tudor England to the Third Reich, history's megalomaniacs continue to make great literary fodder.
Don't judge a book by the ad on its cover. [Guardian.co.uk]
Chalk it up as another brilliant innovation – or a sign of the impending apocalypse – as China Daily reports that publishers are making space on the front covers of books for advertising
. Apparently the "first book to carry an advertisement" is an account of the famous cellist Yo-Yo Ma, written by his mother, which was published in March adorned with "the logo of a well-known Chinese textile manufacturer".
"They may well do it." [The Guardian]
Sir Arthur C Clarke predicted in a lost BBC interview that the Russians would win the space race by landing the first man on the moon in 1968, probably on the 50th anniversary of the October Revolution. Arthur C Clarke on The Sky at Night – video.
In the U.K., sometimes the bookstore comes to you—
on a barge. The Book Barge: a floating bookshop on a canal boat (57' Cruiser Stern) in Lichfield, Staffordshire. [The Guardian]
The 100 greatest non-fiction books: [Via: The Guardian]
After keen debate at the Guardian's books desk, this is our list of the very best factual writing, organised by category, and then by date.