Saturday, October 31, 2015

Latest news from The Bookseller including First book by Pope Francis

Pope Francis
Pan Macmillan has acquired the first book by His Holiness Pope Francis.
Another e-book subscription service is teetering on the brink of collapse after finding the business model unsustainable. Blloon, developed by the founders of e-reader Txtr, has stopped taking on news users and will make a decision as to whether to close for good today, its c.e.o Thomas Leliveld has told The Bookseller.
Nosy Crow is publishing a retelling of the nativity story by Anne Booth to raise money for War Child, a charity that supports Syrian refugee children.
Audiobooks from Canongate, Hachette, HarperCollins, Pan Macmillan, Whole Story Audiobooks, Penguin Random House, Naxos, and Audible Studios have been shortlisted for the inaugural FutureBook Audiobook Awards, to be presented at the end of The Bookseller’s FutureBook Conference.
Ruth Rendell
The ardent crescendos of the opera that Ruth Rendell delighted in scaled the heights of All Saints Margaret Street, W1, yesterday at the memorial service for the "respected and loved" crime writer.
Jenny Fry
Canongate has appointed Jenny Fry, currently deputy communications director at Penguin General, as communications director.
The Corbyn Colouring Book
Old Street Publishing is to release The Corbyn Colouring Book, an "adult colouring book with a sense of humour" inspired by Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn, in time for Christmas.
E-reader ownership among US adults has declined by 13%, according to newly released survey data from the Pew Research Centre.
Serif Books
Stephen Hayward, who ran London independent publisher Serif Books, has died.
Jürgen Klopp
Ebury has acquired a biography of Liverpool Football Club's new manager, Jürgen Klopp.
Amina Shah
SLIC c.e.o Amina Shah has been appointed as Scottish Book Trust’s new director of programme.
Sandeep Mahal
Sandeep Mahal is to chair the FutureBook Conference 2015.
Mahal, most recently director of The Space, will preside over the event, which takes place on 4th December at the Mermaid Theatre in central London. The full programme and preview of FutureBook 2015 has now been released by The Bookseller, with more than 500 delegates expected to attend what is Europe’s largest digital publishing conference.

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