Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Latest News from The Bookseller

PRH Children's
Penguin Random House UK is launching an "Inclusion Tracker" to measure the diversity of its authors and staff in the pursuit of a new company-wide goal to "reflect UK society by 2025".
Pottermore will make J K Rowling's Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone e-book available to UK library users over a two-week period to celebrate the 20th anniversary of its publication.
Tony Walsh
Sales of Tony Walsh’s first poetry collection have almost doubled in the few weeks since he gave a rousing spoken word performance at a vigil following the terror attack at Manchester Arena on 22nd May.
The Academic Book of the Future
Publishers and academics must work together to solve the problems that have led to rising book numbers, but falling sales per title, before the viability of academic book publishing is called into question, the Academic Book of the Future policy report has warned.
David Cameron
Scores of Etonians including former prime minister David Cameron gathered at Christie’s auction house in London for the launch of The Enigma of Kidson: Portrait of an Eton Schoolmaster by Jamie Blackett. 
The Book People
The Book People has acquired gift company Qwerkity, heralding its “natural” expansion into the gift market.

University of Derby
The University of Derby has launched an in-house publishing imprint, Peregrine Publishing, which will be partly run and administered by its own postgraduate and undergraduate publishing students.
The Bodley Head
The Bodley Head is publishing the memoir of a former US border patrol agent, Francisco Cantú, to explore the politics and experience of gatekeepers and victims on both sides of the US-Mexican border.
Edge Hill Short Story Prize
Daisy Johnson’s East Anglian-inspired Fen (Cape) and Lucy Caldwell’s exploration of womanhood, Multitudes (Faber), are both on the all-female shortlist for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize up against 2016 BBC National Short Story Award winner K J Orr for Light Box (Daunt).
The Beast
Headline has acquired the memoir of football striker Adebayo Akinfenwa, better known to fans by his nickname The Beast.
Nina Douglas
Nina Douglas, publicist at accessible children's publisher Barrington Stoke, is leaving to go freelance.
Rights and licensing trading platform IPR License has launched a new service which allows sellers to place “Buy Rights” buttons next to books featured online.

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