Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Latest News from The Bookseller

signing contract
Contract clauses giving publishers the right to drop authors who act "immorally" are becoming more common, The Bookseller has been told.
Total revenues at Bloomsbury were up 19% year-on-year for the three months ending 31st May 2017.
The shopkeeper dubbed "rude and offensive" is selling his business in North Yorkshire. 
Winnie the Pooh
Winnie the Pooh has reportedly become too politically sensitive to be mentioned on Chinese social media allegedly due to comparisons between President Xi Jinping and the illustrated bear.
Michael Rosen
Scholastic will publish a new version of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol “retold” by Michael Rosen and illustrated by Tony Ross, who the publisher said is directly descended from one of Dickens’ illustrators.
Easyjet Book Club
Budget airline easyJet has launched a “flybrary” in its entire UK fleet with 7,000 classic books selected by Jacqueline Wilson.

Society of Authors
The Society of Authors' membership has reached five figures, it has revealed, surpassing 10,000 for the first time in its 133 year history. 
Lisa Appignanesi
Novelist and cultural commentator Lisa Appignanesi OBE will chair the judges for the 2018 Man Booker International Prize, it has been announced, as submissions for the 2018 prize open. 
Jessica Nordell
Portobello Books has acquired The End of Bias, a "ground-breaking" book by American journalist Jessica Nordell following a "heated" nine-way auction.
Scott Pack
Scott Pack has joined independent publisher Eye Books as editor-at-large, and will commission works for readers "hungry for more adventurous titles".
Jing-Jing Lee
Oneworld is to publish a "searing" novel set in occupied Singapore by Oxford graduate Jing-Jing Lee.
Isobel Akenhead
Isobel Akenhead is moving from Kobo to Bookouture to take up the role of associate publisher.

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