Wednesday, February 03, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller

The Bard is My Bag
Bookshops across the country are set to stage a nation-wide "The Bard is My Bag" promotion to mark the 400th year since William Shakespeare's death.
Inpress Festival of Publishing
A heated debate about the role of libraries in supporting the publishing industry has broken out at the Inpress Publishing Festival, with one publisher alleging libraries had "completely betrayed" the sector.
Amazon-owned online retailer the Book Depository is to expand in Australia, adding more than 25,000 titles to its offer.
How it Works: The Mum
Penguin Random House is to bring out the latest in its Ladybird Books for Grown-Ups series, How it Works: The Mum.
Quarto Publishing Group USA has acquired Harvard Common Press (HCP), an independent publisher primarily focused on cooking and childcare.
International bestseller The Hidden Life of Trees is to be translated into English for the first time and published simultaneously by Greystone Books in the UK and North America and by Black Inc books in Australia.

Rachel Burley
Springer Nature has appointed Rachel Burley, previously at Wiley, to the role of publishing director of BioMed Central and SpringerOpen.
Kaite Welsh
Headline has acquired a "feminist" Victorian crime series by journalist Kaite Welsh, about a "trailblazing" female doctor-turned-detective.
Digital publisher Bookouture is expanding its editorial team by hiring Kirsty Greenwood as an associate publisher, promoting Keshini Naidoo as a second associate publisher, and hiring Natasha Hodgson as an editor.
The Borough Press
HarperFiction literary imprint The Borough Press has acquired a "unique perspective" on the effects of the Syrian War, An Unsafe Haven by Nada Awar Jarrar.
Book Aid International
Library development charity Book Aid International has been awarded an extra £25,000 of funding by players of the People's Postcode Lottery.
Saqi Books has acquired rights to a selection of personal essays entitled Native: Dispatches from an Israeli-Palestinian Life by Israeli-Palestinian writer Sayed Kashua.

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