Friday, January 22, 2016

Latest overnight news from The Bookseller

Pearson is to axe 4,000 jobs by the middle of this year in a bid to cut further costs.
Lord Weidenfeld
Publishing colleagues have continued to pay tribute to George Weidenfeld's "passion for book ideas" and his supportiveness to colleagues young and old, in the wake of his death at the age of 96.
Picture book greats Julia Donaldson and Helen Oxenbury are collaborating for the first time on a picture book that will be published by Penguin Random House Children’s next year.
Penguin Random House UK has launched its consumer website, and a new corporate site, designed to showcase its eight publishing divisions and their imprints.
Blake Morrison
Writer and critic Blake Morrison is to chair this year’s Goldsmiths Prize – the £10,000 award created by Goldsmiths, University of London, in association with the New Statesman, to reward “boldly original fiction”.
Campaign group Authors United is set to hold an event to discuss Amazon’s “enormous market power” and the "misuse" of that power, in Washington DC next week.
The event, to be held on Wednesday 27th January at the New American Foundation, is entitled Amazon's Book Monopoly: A Threat to Freedom of Expression? and aims to “shine a light on how Amazon's monopoly, and its heavy-handed behaviour, are already affecting the free flow of ideas in our society”.

Following protests from writers and publishers, plans to cut £374,000 from the Welsh Book Council's budget have been axed.
The Royal Society is looking for a sponsor to help expand its 2016 Science Books Prize.
Tim Godfray
Tim Godfray, chief executive of The Booksellers Association, has written to the foreign secretary, asking that the government "thoroughly investigates all the facts" relating to the disappearances of missing Hong Kong booksellers, who include British passport-holder Lee Bo.
The staff of France’s leading cultural products chain Fnac are divided over management proposals for new Sunday trading rules introduced last year by a law to spur the French economy.
The Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) has licensed independent publisher Michael O’Mara Books to publish a range of four Royal Horticultural Society gifts and related products.
Rylan Clark
Penguin Random House has announced a world rights deal for the autobiography of TV presenter Rylan Clark. 

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