每日英語跟讀 Ep.878: About books -JK Rowling to publish fairy tale free for locked-down children JK
The creator of the "Harry Potter" books JK Rowling said on Tuesday she would release a free online serialisation of a bed-time story she wrote for her children 10 years ago.
Rowling said she decided to pull "The Ickabog" story "down from the attic" and publish it for children forced to stay at home during the coronavirus lockdown.
She would post the first two chapters on a dedicated website on Tuesday, with 34 further instalments released each weekday until July 10.
"The Ickabog" is unrelated to any of Rowling’s other previous works, though she noted it was penned "in fits and starts" between her "Harry Potter" books.
She then intends to publish the story in English in November and other languages later on. All royalties will be given to projects assisting groups particularly affected by the pandemic.
Book sales soar as French lockdown eases 法國逐步解封 圖書銷量飆升
Book sales in France have soared since the country began to ease its lockdown, rocketing more than 230 percent in a week, a survey showed Monday.
A study for the trade weekly Livres Hebdo found that from May 11 to 17 bookshops did a roaring trade, with readers desperate to stock up while public libraries remained shut.
根據貿易週刊「圖書週刊」（ Livres Hebdo）所做的調查，5月11日至17日書店銷量大增，因為讀者在公共圖書館仍持續關閉的情況下，拚命購買書籍囤積。
Many French bookshops had partially reopened in the last weeks of the country’s strict eight-week confinement for takeaway or click and collect sales.
Even so, overall, sales were 60 percent down compared the corresponding period in 2019.
Despite the proliferation of online reading groups during the lockdown, the French publishing industry has been badly hit, with publishers claiming that revenues have dropped by 80 percent.
Source article: https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1378546 ; https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1378293