Thursday, January 21, 2016

Latest book news from The Bookseller

Lord Weidenfeld, publisher and founder of Weidenfeld & Nicolson has died, it has been announced. He was 96.
W H Smith
Adult colouring books spurred WH Smith to achieve a 2% like-for-like boost in Christmas sales, pushing the company’s profit growth for the year “slightly ahead of plan”.
Joe Wicks
Joe Wicks has held on to the number one with a muscular grip for a third consecutive week.
In a bid to allay fears that Penguin Random House's move to scrap degree requirements for job roles will lead to an increased reliance on unpaid internships, the publisher's group human resources director Neil Morrison has emphasised that the company intends to focus on "potential, ideas and strengths" over qualifications.
Publishers' Publicity Circle
The publicity campaigns for Mary Beard's SPQR (Profile), The Loney by Andrew Michael Hurley (John Murray), the Ladybird Books for Grown-Ups series, and The Gollancz Festival 2015 are all shortlisted for the Publishers' Publicity Circle annual awards.
HarperNonFiction has acquired a book by Darren Galsworthy, the father of Becky Watts, who was murdered by her stepbrother in a case which dominated national newspaper headlines last year.
Foyles is set to open a 4,300 sq ft shop in Chelmsford later in the year.
Creative England
2015 was the creative economy's most successful year to date, according to a report released by Creative England recognising "the contribution the Creative Industries make to our economy" by showcasing 50 outstanding businesses.
The pool of peer reviewers needs to be increased internationally, and more than two thirds say they require more training, according to the findings of a survey from academic house Wiley.
The Innocent Killer Making a Murderer
Penguin Random House imprint Windmill Books has acquired The Innocent Killer by lawyer Michael Griesbach about the case of Steven Avery, now the subject of hit TV series "Making a Murderer".
Lee Bo
Chinese police have confirmed that missing publisher/bookseller Lee Bo is in China, following weeks of silence since his disappearance from his bookshop warehouse in Hong Kong on December 31st.
The International Board on Books for Young People (IBBY) has announced the shortlist for this year's Hans Christian Andersen Awards for contributions to children's literature.

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