Thursday, December 17, 2015

From The Bookseller overnight

Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Penguin Random House UK is publishing the official novelisation of the new Star Wars film, "The Force Awakens", under its Century imprint as an e-book this Friday.
My Independent Bookshop
Penguin Random House has announced it will close its consumer book recommendation site My Independent Bookshop ahead of the launch of its new website next year.
Guinness World Records 2016
Guinness World Records 2016 (Guinness World Records) has taken the inside track for next week’s Official Christmas Number One, grabbing the top spot from Mog’s Christmas Calamity (HarperCollins Children’s), selling 51,189 copies for £430,236, according to Nielsen BookScan’s Total Consumer Market.
New data from Nielsen Book suggests UK consumers will buy more books for Christmas this year than they did in 2014.
The Book Council of Australia is to be "scrapped" following cuts to the arts.
Pushkin Press is set to publish its first colouring book in January.

Square Peg
Square Peg, an imprint of Vintage, is to publish Our Story, which combines a tale of a 60-year-old love with an "amazing illustrated history of China".
Abe Books
Online retailer has released a list of the most expensive books it sold this year, including an £125,000 compendium of bird illustrations and a first edition Roald Dahl.
Ingram Content Group has bought, a service that allows publishers, retailers and authors to sell and fulfil print and digital books directly to readers via their websites, blogs and social networks.
Hilary Bonner
John Blake Publishing is publishing three novels by crime writer Hilary Bonner as e-books, one on Christmas eve.
International Publishers Association
The International Publishers Association (IPA) has named Ben Steward as its first director of communications and freedom to publish, in a move designed to boost awareness of the IPA’s work, especially in defending the right of publishers to publish and distribute works in complete freedom, and in promoting copyright.  
Tinder Press
Tinder Press has bought world rights to a literary historical debut by a London writer, Sarah Day, called Mussolini's Island.

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