Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Latest news from The Bookseller

Amazon is partnering with the UK government to explore making the delivery of parcels by drones a reality.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child
The verdict is in for "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child", with reviewers hailing the two-part play "a dazzling duel of light and dark" (the Guardian), "a triumph" (the Telegraph), and "a magical experience tailor made for the stage, filled to the brim with fan service" (the Independent).
FutureBook, The Bookseller’s digital publishing conference, is to expand in 2016 with dedicated strands on EdTech and the audiobook market. Europe’s largest digital publishing conference takes place on Friday 2nd December with the broadest programme yet to be focused on the ongoing digital transformation across the publishing sector, with speakers from trade, education and academic publishing, the start-up sector, entertainment retail and gaming.
Cathryn Summerhayes
Cathryn Summerhayes, formerly agent and partner at WME, is to join Curtis Brown on 1st September.
Nielsen Book is launching a new ISBN store allowing publishers and self-published authors to purchase smaller numbers of ISBNs online "within minutes".
Hodder & Stoughton
Hodder & Stoughton is publishing a book on the "inside story" of the EU referendum authored by Craig Oliver, David Cameron’s communications director, this autumn.

Waterstones Blackpool
The falling sign which killed Waterstones bookseller Margaret Sheridan in Blackpool last year was the result of a flaw dating back 30 years, according to local newspaper the Blackpool Gazette
David Bowie
Unbound has launched crowdfunding for an anthology celebrating the life of David Bowie, featuring contributions from a host of stellar writers including Neil Gaiman, William Gibson, Roddy Doyle, Suzanne Moore and Evie Wyld.
Lilly Singh
Michael Joseph and Penguin Random House Children’s have jointly acquired How to be a Bawse: A Guide to S̶u̶r̶v̶i̶v̶i̶n̶g̶ ̶ Conquering Life by Canadian comedian and YouTube personality Lilly Singh. 
Lopè Ariyo
Twenty-three year old British Nigerian Lopè Ariyo has won HarperCollins and Red Magazine's African cookbook competition after "delighting" the judges with her dishes and her writing.
CJ Skuse
Harlequin imprint HQ is to publish a "dark" and "funny" thriller for adults from C J Skuse, author of several YA novels, in April 2017.
Shakespeare's Globe
Shakespeare’s Globe is working with Walker Books and RNIB (Royal National Institute of Blind People) on "Shakespeare Telling Tales", a storytelling event that will be accessible to blind and partially sighted children.

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