Thursday, January 07, 2016

Latest from The Bookseller

Author Solutions
Penguin Random House has sold its controversial self-publishing division Author Solutions.
The Society of Authors has issued an open letter, addressed to members of the Publishers Association and Independent Publishers Guild, asking publishers to address the issue of author earnings which it says are "falling fast".
Lean in 15
“New year, new you” started early this year, with Joe “The Body Coach” Wicks muscling into the top spot in the last official week of 2015.   
The Loney
The Costa Book Awards Management committee has revealed it allowed the winner of its first novel category to be entered for the 2015 awards after “careful consideration”, despite the title being technically ineligible for the prize because of the date it was published.
Foreign and Commonwealth Office
The UK's foreign office has confirmed that one of the five missing Hong Kong book publishers is a British citizen and has said it is "deeply concerned" over the publishers' apparent abduction and detention.
Jon Klassen
Walker Books Group has announced that the final title in Jon Klassen’s picture book trilogy will be We Found a Hat, published in October.
Maria Eagle
Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn has appointed Maria Eagle as shadow culture secretary. Eagle, formerly the shadow defence secretary, replaces Michael Dugher, who has been sacked.
Granta Books
Granta Books has signed Into the Vast Land, the new novel by Swiss writer, Peter Stamm.
Fifty Shades of Grey author E L James is helping to raise funds for a flood-hit cricket club, that has "literally disappeared under the same deluge" as flooded bookshop Book Case, in Hebden Bridge.
Isis Books & Gifts
Isis Books & Gifts in Colorado has been forced to change its sign due to a flurry of attacks from vandals lashing out at the bookshop's shared name with the terrorist network.
Kobo has created two new executive roles to focus on publisher relations and content sales worldwide.
International Book Giving Day's official 2016 poster, designed by children's author and illustrator, Ben Newman, has been revealed.

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