Saturday, June 11, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller

The debate in Australia, following proposals by the government’s Productivity Commission to remove parallel import restrictions and turn Australia into an open market, has led to an expletive-laden condemnation by a member of the nation’s literary royalty, Richard Flanagan, and enough column inches to fill the Great Australian Bight.
Zoella Book Club
The eight books announced as part of Zoella’s Book Club have rocketed on Amazon UK, with sales of one – The Potion Diaries by Amy Alward (Simon & Schuster Children’s) – increasing more than 11,000%.
Waterstones is set to close two of its longstanding stores this summer at opposite ends of the UK – London’s Oxford Street Plaza and Edinburgh’s George Street branch.
Lisa McInerney
Lisa McInerney, winner of the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, has said feedback characterising her work  as “male” illustrates why literature prizes for women like the Baileys are “conversely but conclusively liberating”.
European Union flag
The debate over the EU referendum and its implications for the book trade has raged in the last few weeks. With pollsters now predicting a close result, we want to know what issues have come to the fore for you and are you making any preparations for your business should the UK leave Europe after 23rd June? Let us know by filling out our short survey here.
Jojo Moyes
Movie mania helps Jojo Moyes take four spots on the latest Weekly E-Book Ranking.
Lean in 15
Campaigns for Joe Wicks’ Lean in 15 (Bluebird/Pan Macmillan), Dork Diaries: Drama Queen by Rachel Renee Russell (Simon & Schuster) and Your Ultimate Body Transformation Plan by Nick Mitchell (HarperCollins) have been honoured at the BMS Best Marketing Campaigns for the Spring Season, which ran from January to April 2016.
Akhil Sharma
American author Akhil Sharma has won the 2016 International Dublin Literary Award for his "heart-wrenching" and "darkly funny" novel Family Life (Faber).
Val McDermid
Scottish crime writer Val McDermid is publishing her 30th novel, a suspenseful thriller called Out of Bounds, with Little, Brown this August.
In time for the annual industry conference later this month in Leipzig, the German trade association Börsenverein des Deutschen Buchhandels has released its economic data for 2015. For the second year in a row sales of books and journals were down, this time marginally by 1.4% to €9.2bn (£7.2bn).
Muhammad Ali: His Life and Times
Pavilion has rushed through a 10,000 copy reprint of the “definitive” Muhammad Ali biography by Thomas Hauser following the death of the boxing legend.
Edinburgh International Book Festival
Jonathan Safran Foer, Philippa Gregory and Eimear McBride are to participate in this year's Edinburgh International Book Festival which "in a world of global uncertainty and shifting influence” intends to “explore the power of the human mind to imagine a better world".

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