Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller

Tony Robinson
Pan Macmillan has acquired the autobiography of actor, presenter, historian and author Sir Tony Robinson.
A court ruling that ends the decades-long practice of distributing copyright levies equally between authors and publishers is rocking Germany’s book industry.
Man Booker International Prize
UK sales of translated fiction represented 5% of all print fiction sales in 2015, a 96% rise in volume from the translated market's 2001 sales figures, according to statistics from Nielsen Book. A report into the translated fiction market was commissioned by the Man Booker International Prize, with Nielsen Book examining and coding data on physical book sales between 2001 and April 2016.   
Keep up to date with all the goings-on at The British Book Industry Awards.
Viking is publishing a three novels by a debut crime writer, Cara Hunter, following a "hotly contested" auction.
The Song of the Shirt
A title from Hurst Publishers has won the 2016 Bread & Roses Award for Radical Publishing.

I Am Henry Finch
I am Henry Finch by Viviane Schwarz and Alexis Deacon (Walker Books) has won this year’s Little Rebels award for radical children’s fiction.
HarperCollins has joined forces with lifestyle magazine Red to find a new cookery star to bring their style of African cookery to the masses.
Jeff Bezos
Jeff Bezos has sold 1% of his stake in Amazon - which is just over a million shares, at a value of $671m (£465.2m) - the New York Post has reported.
Lancashire County Council
A Lancashire MP has criticised plans to close 29 libraries in the region and is launching a petition to get the council to “seriously consider” other alternatives.
Ruthless: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me
A memoir by the father of Scientology leader David Miscavige sold just under 500 copies in two days this week, according to Silvertail publisher Humfrey Hunter, who pressed ahead with publication despite a warning of legal action.
Pushkin Press
ONE, an imprint of Pushkin Press, is to publish a "powerful" story of a virtuoso pianist's mental illness titled School of Velocity by debut novelist Eric Beck Rubin.

Bonnier Publishing has bought independent publishing house John Blake Publishing. 

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