Wednesday, April 06, 2016

Latest News overnight from The Bookseller

Numbers at this year’s Bologna Children’s Book Fair (BCBF) have held steady, despite the 2016 event taking place just a matter of days before the 2016 London Book Fair (LBF), which has led to logistical challenges and increased costs for some publishers who are attending both fairs.
The print market is up 11.4% in value for the first 12 weeks of 2016, according to Nielsen Bookscan’s Total Consumer Market. This is the first double-digit year-on-year rise for the first quarter of the year since Nielsen records began.
A debut YA novel, a dyslexia-friendly version of Of Mice and Men, and a book by a Private Eye cartoonist were among the titles bought and sold as Bologna Book Fair kicked off.
Harpenden Books
Waterstones has opened Harpenden Books, the third shop in the company’s portfolio to be named after the town it is based.
HarperCollins has further expanded its global publishing program with the creation of HarperCollins France.
Jeff Bezos
Amazon is to release a new version of its Kindle e-reader device soon, c.e.o. and founder Jeff Bezos has revealed.

Ian McKellen
Hodder & Stoughton has said it "entirely respects" actor Sir Ian McKellen's decision not to go ahead with publishing his memoirs.
Shawn Morin, currently president and chief operating officer of Ingram, has been named c.e.o and president of Ingram Content Group.
Hans Christian Andersen Award
German illustrator Rotraut Susanne Berner and Chinese author Cao Wenxuan have been honoured with the 2016 Hans Christian Andersen Award.
Dave Eggers
A new novel by Dave Eggers, US author behind The Circle and A Hologram for the King, will be published by Hamish Hamilton in July.
German booksellers and publishers did not have a stellar year in 2015 but they fared better than had been expected. While the trade association Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels will not release statistical data until later in the spring, the new ranking of the largest publishing companies has just been published, serving as an indicator how the publishing industry fared.
Jon Savage
Jon Savage has won the 2016 Penderyn Music Book Prize for his title 1966: The Year The Decade Exploded (Faber).

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