Friday, March 25, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller


Anthony Forbes Watson
The book trade should not get complacent following a rise in print book sales, Anthony Forbes Watson, managing director of Pan Macmillan, warned delegates to Nielsen’s Book Insights Conference 2016.
Department for Culture Media & Sport
The government is to pilot a crowdfunding scheme to promote use of the model by cultural organisations, and establish a new virtual "Commercial Academy for Culture" to promote commercial expertise in the cultural sectors.
Nielsen BookInsights conference
Sales of self-published e-books accounted for 22% of the digital book market in the UK last year, the Nielsen BookInsights Conference was told, although growth in overall e-book sales is slowing.
The Libraries Taskforce has taken its first step towards producing a national strategy for England's public libraries with a new draft report published. However, it has been criticised for not going far enough regarding funding proposals.
The Vamps
Headline is set to publish the first book by British pop rock group The Vamps this autumn.
Sunday Times literary editor Andrew Holgate, author Nina Stibbe, and Rik McShane, retail director at Waterstones, will help judge the The British Book Industy Awards' inaugural Book of the Year

Ian Wright
Former Arsenal footballer-turned-pundit Ian Wright is set to pen his “fascinating” autobiography which will discuss his life before and after the game, including his stint in Chelmsford prison and how he has dealt with racism.
Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction
Titles by William Boyd and Patrick Gale have been named on the 2016 Walter Scott Prize shortlist in an “exceptional year” for historical fiction.
Head of Zeus
The latest in the Jason Bourne adventure series, Robert Ludlum's The Bourne Enigma, will be published by Head of Zeus this summer.
Iain Banks
Gollancz, an imprint of Orion, is to publish an SF Masterworks edition of Iain M. Banks’ novel Feersum Endjinn.
Vicky Silverthorn
Sphere will this autumn publish Start With Your Sock Drawer: The Simple Guide to Living a Less Cluttered Life, by professional organiser and declutterer Vicky Silverthorn.
Hodder & Stoughton has acquired This is Grime, the story of grime music, by music journalist Hattie Collins.

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