Thursday, June 15, 2017

Latest News from The Bookseller

Publishers have been encouraged to experiment with burgeoning platforms and mediums including Instagram and podcasts to better reach consumers.
Black Mirror
Ebury Publishing imprint Del Rey is set to publish an original series of books inspired by the hit Netflix original show "Black Mirror", edited by its creator Charlie Brooker.
World's Worst Children 2
David Walliams’ second short story collection The World’s Worst Children 2 (HarperCollins Children's) has held on to the UK Official Top 50 number one spot for a third week running.
Hodder & Stoughton
Hodder & Stoughton has been crowned Marketing Team of the Year for its "consistently high standard" of campaigns run over the past 12 months.
Book recommendation site Lovereading has gone into administration a month after seeking a new buyer.
High Street sales at W H Smith continue to tumble – down 4% like-for-like in the past 15 weeks. However, its Travel arm continues to trade strongly, with sales up 5% like-for-like.

Welsh Government
An independent review into the Welsh Government's support of publishing and literature in Wales has recommended the Welsh Books Council take on some of the functions of Literature Wales, including the administration of its Book of the Year prize.
HarperCollins UK
HarperCollins UK is running its BAME traineeship programme for black, Asian and minority ethnic individuals for a second year, this time opening it up to non-graduates. 
Nikesh Shukla
Diversity is not a "marketing trend” and publishers should not "dehumanise" readers or black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) authors, Nikesh Shukla told delegates to The Bookseller's Marketing and Publicity Conference.
HarperCollins has bought two books including a “Poldark-esque” historical debut for a five-figure sum in the fastest pre-empt literary agent David Headley has “ever seen”.
Bloomsbury illustrators discussed the challenges of conveying important themes about feminism and gender identity in children’s books at an event last night (13th June).
Rebecca Bader
Becky Bader has been appointed to the role of Headline sales director.

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