Friday, January 08, 2016

Latest news from The Bookseller

J K Rowling’s Pottermore website reported a dramatic fall in sales in the period immediately before its planned summer relaunch, according to accounts filed at Companies House. But a spokesman for the business said the company would see a "healthy period of growth" in 2016, with deals now in place with Blackwell’s, Amazon’s Audible and Apple to sell e-books, audio-books and enhanced Harry Potter e-books.
Councils have been accused of seeing libraries as “soft options” and "easy targets" when it comes to deciding on budget cuts and run the risk of "undermining rights" by not fulfilling their legal duties to provide library services, campaigners have said.
WH Smith Travel Fresh Talent
WH Smith Travel is holding a book signing at London Heathrow Terminal 5 on Friday as part of its 'Fresh Talent' campaign promoting new and emerging writers.
Pearson has rebranded to reflect its 100% focus on education.
Blackwell’s continued the success of other brick and mortar retailers this Christmas, reporting a 3.1% like-for-like increase in sales over the festive period.
National Trust
The National Trust is launching its first children’s book festival at Wray Castle in the Lake District in March.

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A bookshop chain in Hong Kong has been pulling political titles from its shelves following the disappearances of five publishers, known for producing 'gossipy' books about China's political elite. 
The International Publishers Association and the Italian Publishers Association have condemned the Vatican for attempting to jail two authors who alleged corruption and financial wrongdoing in the Holy See.
US self-help publisher, New Harbinger Publications, has acquired UK-based publishing house Non-Duality Press.
Ahead of launching in May, the logo for Little, Brown UK's new literary imprint, Fleet, has been unveiled, featuring an upright brown hare.
Access to Research
The Access to Research initiative, which gives public library users free access to over 10 million academic articles, is to continue.
Cheltenham Festivals
Cheltenham Festivals has revealed the dates for its 2016 events, with the literature festival taking place over 7th-16th October.

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