Friday, February 12, 2016

Latest from The Bookseller

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
Chain booksellers in the UK have welcomed yesterday’s news that Little, Brown UK will publish the script of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter stage play in book form, although independents are less sure of how well the book will sell.
Hachette UK
Hachette UK saw overall sales fall by 6.7% in the fourth quarter of the year due to lower e-book sales, with its parent company Lagardere Publishing saying that "market trends have reversed in the US and the UK".
Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016
Fiction books reflecting the “concerns and issues” of modern day children and teenagers have been highlighted in the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2016 shortlistss.
Queen of Teen
Book retailer The Book People has confirmed it will no longer run the Queen of Teen award, saying the prize does not form part of its “ongoing plans”.
Laura Macaulay
Pushkin Press has appointed Laura Macaulay to the new role of deputy publisher.

E-book sales seem to have finally taken off in France last year, even though at a more modest rate than the three-digit growth achieved in the United Kingdom and United States in the early stages of the market

To Kill a Mockingbird
US film and theatre producer Scott Rudin is to take Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird to Broadway, in a new adaptation by screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, after a change of heart by the author, who was previously reluctant to allow such a production. 
Kenny MacAskill
Biteback Publishing is to publish the "definitive story" of the Lockerbie Bombing by former Scottish Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill.
Jessica Woollard
Jessica Woollard, previously primary agent at the Marsh Agency, has joined David Higham Associates.
Children prefer print books to e-books for both reading for pleasure and reading for education, a study by reading charity BookTrust has found.
David Roche
David Roche has been appointed chair of the board at New Writing North, the development agency for creative writing and reading for the North of England.
Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison
Tom Ellen and Lucy Ivison, the authors of Lobsters and Never Evers, are writing a new YA novel about the first year of university.

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