Tuesday, March 08, 2016

Latest news from The Bookseller

Society of Authors
The Society of Authors is lobbying the government to introduce a new law to protect authors' and creators' contracts.
 London Book Fair International Excellence Awards
China leads the nominations for the London Book Fair International Excellence Awards 2016 with five nominations, while the USA and Australia are "not far behind" with four each.
John Athanasiou
The concept of "diversity" when it comes to new hires is evolving, with "unconscious bias" something publishers and recruiters are increasingly investigating.
Segrue Books
Book sales rep David Segrue is set to open an independent bookshop with his wife Amanda in May.
Mary Hoffman
Author Mary Hoffman and her husband Stephen Barber are launching an independent publishing house, The Greystones Press, as an “alternative to commercially driven major publishers”.
Amazon bookshop
Amazon is opening a second physical bookshop this summer, it has been confirmed, after new signage was spotted outside the shop’s future premises at open air shopping centre Westfield UTC in San Diego, California. 

Will Self
Celebrities Joanna Lumley, Richard Ayoade and Mark Rylance have lent their support to the campaign against the "irrational" decision to close five Lambeth libraries, according to a campaign group, while over 500 campaigners, including writer Will Self, marched on Saturday to protest against the libraries' closure.
Members of a book club at Orkney Library in Scotland were surprised when J K Rowling stopped by to take part in a discussion about her crime novel The Cuckoo’s Calling (Sphere).
Non Pratt
Barrington Stoke, which publishes books that are accessible for struggling readers, has acquired a novella by author Non Pratt.
Society of Young Publishers
The Society of Young Publishers has reopened its Mentor Scheme for 2016 and scrapped the age limit for applications.
Jimmy Fallon
Hodder Children’s Books, part of the Hachette Children’s Group, has acquired a picture book by US TV host Jimmy Fallon.
Audio book provider Audible is sponsoring this year’s Cityread London, providing stories for a digital storytelling installation in the capital.

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