Thursday, September 22, 2016

Latest news from The Bookseller

Sainsbury’s is pulling out of the e-book market and closing its digital entertainment offer.
Vahni Capildeo
Vahni Capildeo has won the 25th Forward Prize for Best Collection, bagging £15,000 award for her work Measure of Expatriation (Carcanet).
The UK’s independent publishing sector is growing and “thriving”, a second annual independent publishing report has found.
The winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, Svetlana Alexievich, is among the names on the 2016 longlist for the Baillie Gifford Prize (formerly the Samuel Johnson Prize).
Michael Morpurgo
Michael Morpurgo will urge parents and teachers to focus on fostering a love of story in children, rather than literacy, at the inaugural BookTrust Annual Lecture in London.
A number of exhibitors at this year's Beijing International Book Fair have reported the confiscation of books containing politically or culturally sensitive content. But others said they had experienced no increase in censorship activity despite increased tensions over freedom of speech in the country following the disappearance of five Hong Kong based booksellers in 2015. Meanwhile CNPIEC, the state-owned books importer which handles the shipments to BIBF, blamed a "misunderstanding" on the part of publishers.

The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train (Black Swan) has overtaken Harry Potter and the Cursed Child (Little, Brown) to claim the UK Official Top 50 number one spot for a seventh week, as the film tie-in edition of Hawkins’ unstoppable thriller rose to third place.
Winner of the Royal Society Book Prize, Andrea Wulf, is one of four British authors to have made the six-strong longlist for the 2016 Cundill Prize for Historical Literature.
Rohan Silva
Independent publishers should utilise the free flow of ideas and creativity in order to better innovate, founder of Libreria bookshop Rohan Silva has said.
David Cameron
Former prime minister David Cameron's memoirs will be based on a "frank" audio diary he kept during his time in office.
Boy reading
A new study reveals that parents of pre-school children spend on average £6 per month on books for boys, 25% less than they spend on books for girls.
American publishers experienced a 2.7% decline in revenues in the first quarter of 2016 to $2.14bn (£1.65bn) compared to the same period in 2015, according to data released by the Association of American Publishers (AAP).

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