Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Morning Briefing from The Bookseller

Travel publishers promise innovation as print "finds its place" in the market, following second consecutive year of growth.
World Book Day 2017
World Book Day is introducing a raft of new projects to mark its 20th anniversary on Thursday 2nd March. Booksellers are also gearing up to celebrate the anniversary with a flurry of activity.
Amazon has revealed plans to create 5,000 more jobs in the UK this year – boosting its workforce by over a quarter.
Mark Allin
Mark Allin, president and c.e.o. of Wiley, has made a strong public statement in support of freedom of movement in the face of president Trump's recent attempt to impose a US travel ban on certain Middle Eastern countries, saying that global interconnectedness is "critical to continued progress" in science and education.
Big Green Bookshop
The Big Green Bookshop’s mission to tweet out every word of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone (Bloomsbury) to Piers Morgan has been continued by the Twitter community after the broadcaster blocked the bookshop from contacting him.
Shaun Usher
Unbound and Penguin Random House imprint Hutchinson have scooped the rights to publish Speeches of Note, a new book by Shaun Usher, whose previous book Letters of Note was published by Canongate.

Barack and Michelle Obama
The Obamas are close to agreeing book deals, it has been reported.
Dick Bruna, the Dutch creator of the Miffy cartoon rabbit, has died aged 89.
Neil Gaiman
Neil Gaiman is writing a sequel to Neverwhere, 20 years after it first published, called The Seven Sisters, for publication with Headline. 
Pearson has partnered with Manchester Metropolitan University to offer online degree programmes.
Helen Jenner
Helen Jenner, currently digital publishing manager at Transworld, is set to become commissioning editor at digital publisher Bookouture.
Shaun Keaveny
Radio DJ and broadcaster Shaun Keaveny has released a new "smart thinking" podcast with Pan Macmillan called "Not So Simple".

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