Former leading New Zealand publisher and bookseller, and widely experienced judge of both the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Montana New Zealand Book Awards, talks about what he is currently reading, what impresses him and what doesn't, along with chat about the international English language book scene, and links to sites of interest to booklovers.
The colouring book boom and continued strength in UK education
publishing was not enough to compensate for tough export markets in 2015,
notably in the US, according to statistics collated by the Publishers
Association. The invoiced value of UK publishers’ sales of books for export
fell 3% year on year in total, to £1.4bn (£1.5bn in 2014), a steeper dip
than last year’s decline of 1%.
Harlequin is to create a new imprint, bringing all its trade
publishing imprints into one place. The new imprint will be called HQ. All of Harlequin’s current
trade imprints, including adult fiction imprint Mira and YA imprint INK,
will be replaced by HQ. Mills & Boon, which is part of Harlequin, will not be
affected. The imprint, which carries the tagline “One Place. Many
Stories”, hints at Harlequin’s aims to become the headquarters for a series
of genres, including crime, book club and YA.
The European Commission has committed to reducing VAT rates on
e-books, in an Action Plan announced today; The Bookseller understands later detailed
proposals will allow states to reduce VAT on e-books to as low as 5%.
The All Party Parliamentary Group on Publishing has
launched an investigation into 'UK Publishing in a Modern Digital
Age', with the aim of ensuring the industry is "properly
developed and supported" by UK government.