Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Latest news from The Bookseller

Connect Books
The  “medium term recovery” of Connect Books is "on track", with sales to online and brick and mortar stores up in the last six months. However, the wholesaler also said the UK library market remains challenging, with sales down 12%, and as a consequence it has integrated its public and academic library arms.
Education technology and content provider Follett Corp has bought Baker & Taylor, a US-based company that provides print and digital books to libraries.
The US Supreme Court has denied the American Authors Guild right to appeal the Google copyright infringement case, bringing a decade-old suit to a close.
Oneworld has acquired The Panama Papers: How the World's Rich and Powerful Hide their Money, described as one of the “hottest” books at London Book Fair with eight deals concluded in the last week.
Carol Ann Duffy
Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy is publishing a poem in tribute to gas and electric meters, as the next generation of new, digital technology is ushered in. 
Niomi Smart
HarperCollins is to publish Eat Smart, the debut cookbook from blogger and entrepreneur Niomi Smart.

David Oyelowo
David Oyelowo, Allegiance Theater and Double E Pictures are to produce a film of Guardian Faber non-fiction title A Day in the Death of America by the Guardian's editor-at-large Gary Younge.
Ruth Hamilton, author of The Corner House (Corgi), has died aged 76.
William Collins has promoted Joe Zigmond to commissioning editor.
Mind the Windows: My Story
John Blake is publishing Mind the Windows: My Story by West Indian cricketer Tino Best, with writer Jack Wilson.
Independent TV company Little Island has optioned the rights to Melinda Salisbury’s YA fantasy trilogy The Sin Eater’s Daughter (Scholastic).
Hay Festival
Welsh school children will have the chance to spend two days at the Hay Festival Wales for free this year thanks to a partnership between the Hay Festival Educational Trust and the Welsh government.

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