Saturday, July 30, 2016

Latest from The Bookseller

Penguin Random House had global revenues of £32m in the first half of 2016 compared with £24m in the first half of 2015, displaying underlying growth of 25% and headline growth of 33%, according to Pearson's half-year results. Constant exchange rate (CER) growth came in at 25%.
Hachette UK
Hachette UK's revenues for the first half of 2016 fell 4.7% like-for-like, due to "negative comparison effects" and falling e-book revenues, parent company Lagardere has reported.
Robert Webb
Following a "hotly-contested" 13-way auction, Canongate and Audible have acquired two "major" books - a memoir and a first novel - from comedian and actor Robert Webb.
Independent publishers say being longlisted for the "game-changing" Man Booker Prize has drastically increased demand for their books, and has come at a particularly good time because of Brexit pressures.
It is a solid two months for Jojo Moyes at the top of The Bookseller's Weekly E-ranking as After You claimed its third consecutive number one, following on from Me Before You's five straight weeks atop the list. 
HarperCollins is to publish a new book from the late Michael Crichton titled Dragon Teeth in May 2017. 
Simon & Schuster saw global revenues fall by 6% to $187m during its second quarter, according to results released by parent company the CBS Corporation.
Hodder Children's Books
Hodder Children’s books, part of the Hachette Children’s Group, has bought two picture books by author and illustrator Jonny Duddle.
Polari First Book Prize
Poet Andrew McMillan has been shortlisted for the Polari First Book Prize for his debut poetry collection Physical (Jonathan Cape).
Philip Pullman
Philip Pullman is to be the first patron of Literature Wales.
Japanese e-commerce firm Rakuten, owner of Kobo and OverDrive, has acquired a substantial minority stake in getAbstract AG, the world's largest library of business book summaries.
Mantle has acquired The Other Bennet Girl, a second novel by Janice Hadlow, for publication in 2018.

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