Saturday, July 16, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller

Print sales in the UK in the first six months of 2016 rocketed up 9.3% year on year to £644.9m, the market’s biggest half-year percentage rise in 14 years, and the second-largest jump since Nielsen BookScan full-market data began in 2001.
Ziyad Marar
SAGE will work to resist any funding cuts to social science research, which is all the more important at a time of "post truth politics", global publishing director Ziyad Marar said at the publisher's summer party.
Karen Bradley has been appointed Culture Secretary in Theresa May's new government.
Bloomsbury has appointed Alexis Kirschbaum, currently editorial director at Penguin Press, as publishing director for fiction and non-fiction. 
Ageism and maternity discrimination emerged among chief concerns for the publishing industry at an event encouraging publishers to join trade unions and featuring a keynote speech by Owen Jones.
DK has appointed Paul Kelly, currently strategy and commercial director for Penguin Random House UK & International, to succeed Stephen Twilliger as chief financial officer for DK Worldwide.

TV presenter and radio host Fearne Cotton is publishing two more books with Orion, focused on health and happiness.
Blackwell's is running a photo competition to celebrate the launch of Pokémon Go, a mobile game that allows users to catch Pokémon in real life using gps technology.
Sandeep Mahal
Sandeep Mahal has been appointed the first director of UNESCO Nottingham City of Literature.
Ken Clarke has revealed the cover of his autobiography, Kind of Blue, in a promotional YouTube video, during which he said he "always rather enjoyed the controversy".
Ruth Jones, Ingram’s director of business development, has been appointed as the new chair of the Book Industry Communication (BIC) Operational Board.
AA Milne’s Winnie the Pooh has come atop a poll of favourite children’s book characters, commissioned by the Reading Agency.

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