Saturday, May 14, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller including Crossan and Rosen shortlisted for poetry award

PA Statistics Yearbook 2015
UK publishers celebrated a 1% rise in the invoiced value of their annual sales in 2015, to a total of £4.4bn, with a strong home market compensating for some tough areas in export.
An increase in sales of print books, a growing disaffection with e-tailers and the burgeoning trend of “enhanced” bookshops has led many trade figures to branch out into running bricks-and-mortar stores, with the synergy between the seemingly disparate sides of the business not to be understated.
James Patterson
Independent bookshops from St Ives to Ireland are among the 62 to receive the final round of grants from author James Patterson.
Formula One star Damon Hill has penned his autobiography, which has been snapped up by Pan Macmillan.
A BEA panel on authorship in the digital age, with writers Scott Turow, Joe Konrath, and Barbara Freethy, moderated by lawyer Jon Fine (ex-Knopf and ex-Amazon), wasn’t strictly indie vs traditional – traditional publishers came in for criticism from everybody. What made it more valuable than most was that it was also three authors looking at their careers and advising others, in Fine’s words, on “myriad paths to success.”
Hodder has signed the “Godfather of Grime” Wiley’s autobiography.

WH Smith has opened the first of three stores at Malta International Airport.
Harry Potter at the Cursed Child
The Big Green Bookshop is to donate all profits from the sales of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Little, Brown) to local schools to enable them to buy books for their libraries.
Sarah Crossan, Michael Rosen and Roger McGough are amongst the authors shortlisted for this year’s CLiPPA award for children’s poetry.
Career of Evil
Fans are on a clue-hunt to find 50 signed copies of JK Rowling’s recent Robert Galbraith novel Career of Evil in bookshops across the UK.
Norway will be the guest of honour at Frankfurt Book Fair 2019.
Megan Hine
Hodder & Stoughton imprint Coronet has acquired a survival memoir by wilderness expert and "right-hand woman to Bear Grylls", Megan Hine.

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