Tuesday, December 06, 2016

Latest news from Bookseller

Paula Hawkins
The spectre of Donald Trump and Brexit will have a big influence on book trends in 2017, publishers and agents have predicted, with opportunities in non-fiction to explore the new world politics, and “utopian” fiction acquisitions catering for those who require some escapism, while psychological thrillers show no sign of slowing down, especially with the news that Paula Hawkins is due to bring out a new title.
Entrepreneur and web sceptic Andrew Keen has predicted the book industry is on the verge of a "renaissance" and urged publishers to "build on your luck" as the physical book becomes attractive to younger audiences in a "post-truth world".
Sara Lloyd, digital and communications director at Pan Macmillan, has won FutureBook’s Digital Leader of the award, announced at this year’s FutureBook Conference
Authors Val McDermid [pictured], Joanna Trollope and Francesca Simon have criticised the government's Ambition report for Public Libraries as "too little, too late".
The row over the authenticity of 65 sketches alleged to be the work of Vincent van Gogh has escalated between French publisher Editions du Seuil, which holds the world rights to the book of the drawings, and the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Bookseller Foyles is selling its first branded stationery range, which comprises four different types of notebook.

Hodder Children’s Books, part of Hachette Children’s Group (HCG), has bought the UK and Commonwealth rights to Charlie the Choo-Choo, the picture book written by Stephen King under the pen name of Beryl Evans.
Eva Appelbaum
Publishers need to move away from thinking about digital as a silo and instead focus on cultivating the mindset and behaviours needed to thrive in the digital age, Eva Appelbaum, digital strategy specialist at Digital Talent @Work has said.
Olaf Falafel
HarperCollins Children’s Books has signed a picture book deal with comedian Olaf Falafel.
ed tech for publishers
"Significant pressure" on school budgets is likely to have a knock-on effect on ed tech, trade association British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) has warned, after its research on the impact of budgetary constraints showed it will lead to a downgrading of ICT investments in 2016-17.
In the year that academic publisher Policy Press celebrates its 20th anniversary, it has secured “major investment” from the University of Bristol to create a new university press.
Laurence Howell
Book industry players need to work closer together to ensure the audiobook market reaches its full potential, Laurence Howell, senior director at Audible UK, told the FutureBook Conference today.


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