Wednesday, August 03, 2016

Latest news from The Bookseller

Harry Potter at the Cursed Child
The Harry Potter and the Cursed Child playscript has sold 680,000 print copies in the UK in its first three days of sale – making it the fastest-selling book in a decade.
Cambridge University Press
Cambridge University Press sales dropped very marginally to £268.8m in the year ended April 2016, according to its latest annual report (£169.1m in 2015), with growth levels falling back from a 5% revenue rise the year before.
Yale University Press
A letter to the senior management of Yale University Press strongly criticising the decision of Yale University Press London to make editors Gillian Malpass and Sally Salvesen redundant has been signed by more than 320 academics from 77 universities and 30 museums and institutions across nine countries.
Waterstones has reduced the size of its board by four with its owner Alexander Mamut saying the chain is now “financially strong and poised for future growth”.
The Girl on the Train
The Girl on the Train (Black Swan) has held the UK Official number one spot for a fifth non-consecutive week, the longest-running fiction number one since E L James’ Grey (Arrow).
Kathryn Earle
Bloomsbury has appointed Kathryn Earle as managing director of its Digital Resources Division.

The Velveteen Rabbit
Nosy Crow is launching a classics list, starting with a new edition of The Velveteen Rabbit by Margery Williams.
The Advertising Standards Authority has rapped Amazon for misleading delivery charges to customers and ordered the e-commerce giant to clarify them.
Harry Redknapp
Veteran football manager Harry Redknapp is penning a new book for Ebury bringing together “all the hard-fought wisdom gained from a lifetime of successes and failures in football”.
Mel Gibson
Actors Mel Gibson and Sean Penn are to star in "Professor and the Madman", a film adaptation of a novel about the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary.
Dead Ink Books
Independent publisher Dead Ink Books is to publish a book of essays written by working class authors in a bid to "challenge preconceptions" following the "messy" EU referendum vote.
The Great British Bake Off
Hodder & Stoughton is publishing two Great British Bake Off tie-in titles this autumn: Great British Bake Off: Perfect Cakes & Bakes to Make at Home, the official companion cookbook; and The Great British Bake Off Colouring Book.

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