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Nigel West: Spies, Lies & Chocolate

This special video edition of Litopia After Dark features acclaimed espionage writer and expert, Nigel West.   “His information is so precise” writes The Sunday Times “that many people believe he is the unofficial historian of the secret services.” Nigel’s controversial books invariably hit the headlines. His greatest coup was tracking down the wartime double agent […]

The Porn Supremacy

In the week that Microsoft bought a fifth of Barnes & Noble’s digital businesses, and we learned that e-books sales grew 360% in the UK last year, we thought at The Naked Book we’d ignore all that – and focus on ‘mummy porn’. Why?  Well, it was the public wot did it. Four pence in […]

Said The Cabbie To Jeremy Hunt…

What with Leveson, Hunt, Murdoch… to say nothing of a double-dip recession… there’s way too much bad news around… so enough already! When life gets excessively glum – it’s time for us to dig out Litopia’s infamous Ant Game… which is exactly what we’ve done tonight, for your aural bliss. We’re delighted to be joined […]

Our Man In The Cold

Tonight’s show is a real-life thriller: featuring espionage, double-dealing, murder and even a dash of Hollywood.  And a British ambassador who sees things he shouldn’t – and decides to tell the world. Sounds like the plot of a movie?  Craig Murray‘s amazing story has already been optioned by producers – if you can’t wait to […]

Bringing Up Baby

Launching a virtual world, ahem, ‘experience’, it’s easy street. Just ask Pottermore’s Charlie Redmayne who revealed exclusively on The Naked Book that his site had shifted £1m worth of Harry Potter e-books after three days. But don’t be fooled. As Anna ‘not virtual’ Rafferty, m.d. of Penguin Digital, explained – launching a web-world is like […]

Papyrus to Pixels

We love to talk about story here on Litopia After Dark – and in particular, the impact that new media is having on its development, production and consumption.  Are we entering a Promised Land full of storytelling richness, fuelled by ubiquitous multimedia devices – or is this merely the beginning of a new Dark Age, […]

A Severe, Prolonged Misunderstanding

She’s a scholar of Latin and ancient Greek, and admits to being a recovering stickler.  He’s a lexicographer and dictionary editor; a profession which ranks as one of the sexiest on Earth (that’s what the chat room says, and who are we to disagree?).  Together, Martha Barnette and Grant Barrett host one of the ‘net’s […]

Digital Rights Moratorium (or How We Learned To Mom-Proof E-Books)

It will become known as the night the moms finally killed off Digital Rights Management. Or how publishers learned to feel the fear but did it anyway. The first ever broadcast of The Naked Book heard from two big names in the e-book business explaining why that bit of code that prevents readers from sharing […]

Jeffrey Archer: The Archer Still Has Two Fingers

With 270 million copies of his books in circulation, Jeffrey Archer can justly claim to be one of the world’s all-time bestselling novelists.  From his first book way back in 1976 – rejected by fifteen publishers – to his current worldwide hit The Sins Of The Father – his writer’s journey has been a wild […]

When Good Lawyers Go Bad

This week we talk about how the world is about to change for ebooks in a big way and why we need to be worried, a presidential candidate who thinks he can use your work without paying, a suit over bogus takedown notices, copyright versus patent lawyers in a major showdown, something you need to […]

Green Chilblain Shrews

He’s worked with Bjorn and Benny from ABBA, orchestrated the music for Inspector Morse, conducted some of the world’s greatest orchestras and his dance music has been played by the likes of Sasha, John Digweed, Paul Oakenfold and Nick Warren.  Matthew Slater is a professional composer, and in tonight’s fascinating show, he takes us for […]

Donna Is Sheriff For A Day

This week we talk about Amazon taking its name a little too seriously, why Paramount wants a Mario Puzo screenplay to sleep with the fishes, a trademark battle over an ape man, putting pirates out of business, and why a new version of Sherlock Holmes is anything but elementary. Plus, we talk about why your […]

Million Dollar Voice

BJ Harrison is doing what many authors dream of doing; he’s made a huge success out of recording and selling audiobooks on the net. What’s even more amazing – the texts he reads and sells are public domain and out of copyright.  With seven million downloads, he’s obviously doing something right.  BJ’s reading of The […]

Acting Up Over ACTA, Dicing With DRM

This week we talk about why some works you thought were public domain might be back in copyright; why Wikipedia went dark; how a copyright law that did pass may affect you; school-book censorship; whether Amazon has gone all Capt. Jack Sparrow on us; why some publishing insiders are abandoning DRM; and a law that […]

What Facebook Really Thinks About You

This week we talk about trademark-eating zombies, how signing a check may cost you your copyright, why you might already be a public figure, which famous writer’s heirs’ reign of terror is over, a publisher claiming copyright on rights that didn’t exist, whether agents should have ethics, and how writing a memoir might cost you […]