Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Morning Briefing with The Bookseller

Dan and Phil
Three trends have driven print renaissance, but there have been more than a few surging categories and micro-trends underpinning 2015's market success.
Waterstones Tottenham Court Road
The largest Waterstones branch to be opened in London in a decade has started trading, and features a bar, cinema and mezzanine level.
Pearson has defended itself after an article in the Telegraph reported that a number of top universities, including Imperial College London, were "purging" Pearson materials from their courses, after the publisher raised the price of its digital content for academic libraries.
Man Booker Prize 2016 judges
Biographer and historian Amanda Foreman is to chair the 2016 Man Booker Prize jury, and will be backed by a critic, a novelist, a poet and an actor.
Authors, agents and publishers have praised the increase in the number of books with lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and mental health themes in 2015, but added that more needs to be done in terms of publishing BAME (black, Asian and minority ethnic) authors and books that feature characters with disabilities.
The first-ever release of the Harry Potter series as audio downloads through Audible has seen J K Rowling dominate the e-tailer’s charts for the month of November, with all seven books featuring the boy wizard charting in the top 12.

Index on Censorship magazine
Chilean-American playwright and novelist Ariel Dorfman has published a short story he first began on his wedding day 50 years ago in the Index on Censorship magazine.
Flipkart, one of India’s largest e-commerce marketplaces, is transferring its e-library to Kobo following the closure of its e-book business.
Entertainment One Licensing (eOne) has signed a slate of new licensing partners for next year’s The BFG film, including manufacturers of clothes, board games and confectionery.
Loraine Evans
The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival has appointed Loraine Evans as its new children and young people’s programme manager.  

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