Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller

Pearson sales dropped 7% year-on-year in the first nine months of 2016 as the company's c.e.o John Fallon again described market conditions as "challenging".
Gaby Wood
The Booker Prize Foundation’s literary director Gaby Wood talks to Tom Tivnan about her first year in the hot seat.
Transworld has pre-empted rights to "a truly special book" titled Fierce Kingdom by Gin Phillips.
Svetlana Alexievich
Svetlana Alexievich, who won the Nobel Prize in Literature last year, is on the shortlist for this year’s Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction.
Viking has acquired rights to a short book on silence by Norwegian adventurer Erling Kagge in a "major" pre-emptive deal.
Tim Hely Hutchinson
Hachette will be bringing in more regular, clearer and more detailed royalty statements for authors by the end of 2018, the company has said in a letter to its authors.

Nikesh Shukla
Authors including Alex Bellos, Frances Hardinge and Nikesh Shukla will take part in this year’s International Literature Showcase.
Lauren Watson
South African bookselling chain Exclusive Books is mourning the sudden death of Lauren Watson, manager of its flagship Hyde Park store in Johannesburg.
Amazon drone
A group of Cambridge schoolchildren have been given access to Amazon's drone development laboratory in the city, in a tour described as the first of its kind in the world. 
Irvine Welsh
Irvine Welsh, the author of Trainspotting, is adapting his novel Crime for television, according to the Guardian.
Choc Lit
Norwegian publisher, Cappelen Damm AS is to launch titles from UK-based romance publisher Choc Lit as a new mass market series in 2017.
Digital-only publisher Bahati Books will release an anthology showcasing the “best in contemporary African writing” to mark Black History Month at the end of the month.

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