Saturday, March 05, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller

Independent booksellers face a potentially toxic cocktail of pressures as the new National Minimum Wage (introduced in April), business rates rises and looming changes to pension contributions could force some to close and others to shed staff.
Nook is pulling out of the UK and transferring its UK customers to Sainsbury's. 
Perseus Books Group
The Perseus Books Group has confirmed it is selling its client services business to Ingram only days after confirming the sale of its publishing business to the Hachette Book Group.
Relative newcomers, shops reinvigorated by new owners and an institution still innovating in its 70th year are among the regional winners of this year’s British Book Industry Awards’ Independent Bookshop of the Year, sponsored by Gardners.
Nosy Crow
Children’s publisher Nosy Crow has been awarded the top honour of Fox Williams Independent Publisher of the Year for the second time at this year's IPG Independent Publishers Awards.
Westminster Media Forum
The book trade must take care to ensure readers don't become "an endangered species" say leading publishing figures, in wake of reports shining a light on the UK's dire literacy rates among teens.

The Fox and the Star
The third annual Academy of British Cover Design Awards have been revealed, with Waterstones Book of the Year 2015 winner Coralie Bickford Smith picking up her second award in four months for The Fox and the Star.
Vince Cable
Brexit will lead to “gross uncertainty, legal challenge and mess”, former business secretary Vince Cable has told the IPG Conference today in a discussion about the creative industries and business.
Poland is set to be the market focus for London Book Fair 2017.
Hachette Book Group
Hachette UK will this May launch a ‘gamebook’ series, combining storytelling and gaming, starting with a title based on the New Star Soccer game.
Michael Hughes
John Murray has acquired an "ambitious" and "dizzying" multilayered debut novel, The Countenance Divine by Michael Hughes.
Rachael Jolley, editor of global freedom of expression magazine, Index on Censorship, has spoken out about the growing importance of public libraries for freedom of expression saying "at the heart of any library is the idea of a freedom to think and discover”.

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