Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller

Hisham Matar
The newspapers’ books of the year round-ups yielded some intriguing results, with Hisham Matar proving the most popular pick; indie publishers taking a healthy share of the recommendations; and a familiar tale being told regarding reviewers’ and writers’ diversity.
Make Me by Lee Child
Lee Child's Make Me is the most popular title borrowed from public libraries in 2016.
Anna Rafferty is leaving Pottermore to join the BBC Worldwide as its director of digital marketing.
Salman Rushdie
Salman Rushdie has put his name to an open letter, alongside J M Coetzee, Margaret Atwood and Neil Gaiman, calling on Chinese president Xi Jinping to reverse his state crackdown on dissidents.
Katharine Templeton and Matthew Emery
Blackwell’s has made hires from Oxford University Press and Taylor & Francis in a bid to “step up” activity on its e-textbook platform Blackwell Learning.
US scholarly publishing company HighWire Press has bought Brighton-based technology and services company Semantico for an undisclosed sum.

Bob Dylan
Bob Dylan has said that it is “truly beyond words” to have been awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Amazon employees are being threatened with the sack if they take four days off sick, even if they have permission from a doctor, according to a Sunday Times investigation.
The Federation of European Publishers (FEP) has reported a small increase in total annual sales revenue for book publishers in Europe, based on a survey with 28 national book publishing associations in the European Union (EU) and the European Economic Area (EEA), up from €22bn in 2014 to €22.3bn in 2015 (net turnover). 
Walter Scott Prize
The organisers of the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction have launched an academy to help find future winners.
Travel writers, adventurers, novelists and broadcasters join retailers and editors in the judging panels for the Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards.

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