Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller

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Retail sales are holding up after the UK’s decision to Brexit, figures have revealed today.
HarperCollins achieved an 11% rise in revenues in the fourth quarter of 2016, although annual results were hampered by lower e-book sales and negative foreign currency fluctuations.
Orion Spring
Orion has revealed its newly-formed editorial team for wellbeing and lifestyle imprint Orion Spring and Orion Non-fiction.
The Quarto Group
Illustrated book publisher and distributor Quarto has seen its revenue rise 8% year-on-year to $73.3m (£56.43m) in the six months ending 30th June 2016.
Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
Bloomsbury is set to celebrate 20 years of Harry Potter with a year-long campaign, including special anniversary publishing and new projects with key partners.
Penguin Random House
Penguin Random House is bringing all its New York City-based employees under one roof, in Manhattan, to make annual savings of $20m (£15.4m).

George RR Martin
A new TV series based on George R R Martin's sci-fi superhero book series Wild Cards is in development.
Chaos Monkeys
Antonio Garcia Martinez's Silicon Valley exposé Chaos Monkeys (Ebury) has been longlisted for the Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award.
Natalie Portman
Natalie Portman is to star in a miniseries adaptation of We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler (Serpent’s Tail).
UK digital textbook platform Kortext has made two new senior appointments and is doubling the size of its development team in anticipation of "three-four times year-on-year growth" through international expansion.
Alex Clark
Bath Festivals has appointed Alex Clark as artistic director of words and literature.
Japan’s Fair Trade Commission has raided the offices of Amazon in Japan on suspicion of it pressuring retailers to offer products at lower prices than on rival sites, Reuters has reported.

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