Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
Amazon's UK website sales rose by 14% to £5.3bn last year, but
the company only booked £680m of revenue through its UK accounts. At the same time, Amazon paid just £11.9m in tax to UK
authorities, while recieving more handouts in governments grants - totalling
£1.8m last year. According to accounts filed in the US, net sales for the
UK website were £5.3bn ($8.3bn) to the year ending December 2014, up from
£4.49bn ($7.3bn) the year before.
Scribd has acquired Librify, a social e-reading platform, for
an undisclosed sum. Librify was founded in 2013 and launched publicly last summer
as a social e-reading site for book clubs with a retail offer.
French publishers’ net income fell by 1.3% last year to
€2,652m from €2,687m in 2013, although the picture is “encouraging” for the
first half of this year, the book trade publication Livres Hebdo has
reported. This was the fourth year running showing a decline, even
though the drop was less marked than in 2013.
Anita Land is leaving agency Capel & Land to set up her
own business, focusing on TV and broadcasting rights.
Land, who was previously a director at Capel & Land, left the company
on 23rd June and is taking her clients with her to set up her own company
from different premises. No more details have been announced.
From now on Capel & Land will be known as Georgina Capel Associates,
with Capel staying in her role as director. Her new email is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Quercus has acquired a book about cycling by Olympic gold
medallist and world champion Geraint Thomas after a "fierce
In The World of Cycling According to G, which will be published in hardback
and e-book on the 29th October, Thomas talks about the world of cycling,
from “grovelling up the Mortirolo Pass to a weekend jaunt with the lads up
Pavilion imprint Batsford has a 500,000 first print run for
colouring book Millie Marotta's Tropical Wonderland, to meet retail orders
around the world. The book, released today (25th June, £9.99), is the follow-up
to Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom, which has been translated into 30
languages worldwide, with "well over one million copies in
print," according to the publisher. It has sold over 152,000 copies in
the UK trade via Nielsen BookScan since August 2014.
Bloomsbury Children’s Books has revealed plans for a second
Harry Potter Book Night in 2016. The event, which will take place on the 4th February, will
again include events and activities based on the seven Harry Potter books
penned by J K Rowling. More than 10,000 schools, libraries, bookshops and community
groups registered to take part in the first
Harry Potter Book Night, which took place earlier this year.
Students from the University of London and the University of
the Arts London have won prizes at this year’s Penguin Random House cover
Kate Gamet from the University of the Arts London won the adult fiction
award for her cover of Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit.
Scott Kooken from the University of Northampton won the adult non-fiction
prize for his cover of Freakonomics by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Levitt,
while Lucie Williams, also fro