Saturday, November 04, 2017

Latest from The Bookseller

Rough Guides

The sale of Rough Guides from Penguin Random House to APA Publications has been completed, with APA c.e.o. René Frey promising a "revitalisation" of the brand.

Freight Books

The Society of Authors has urged the liquidator in control of Freight Books to revert the rights of its authors, arguing that the publisher is in breach of contract. But Ian Wright, m.d. of WRI Associates, has said the company is not yet in liquidation and contracts have not yet been terminated.

La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

Philip Pullman's La Belle Sauvage is the first Children’s title in Weekly E-Book Ranking history to go to number one.

HarperCollins has been included on the inaugural list of the UK’s best employers for Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) people compiled by charity Business in the Community.


The founders of agency ThinkSprint, Sam Reid and Scott Morrison, are to run a live session at the FutureBook Conference where they will examine three innovation ideas crowdsourced from the book trade.

George Saunders

More than 50 prominent authors, including Man Booker Prize winner George Saunders, have signed a letter to President Xi Jinping calling for the release of Liu Xia, widow of Chinese dissident and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Liu Xiaobo.


Michael Morpurgo © Richard Canon

Walker Books has revealed a “stellar” line-up of acquisitions including the latest collaboration from David Almond and Dave McKean, a new standalone version of a previously published story from Michael Morpurgo, and Eoin Colfer's first book for the indie publisher.

Transworld has acquired rights in a "significant" pre-empt to an untitled memoir by first-time author Julie Yip-Williams, "a powerful book about living".

Giles Yeo

Orion imprint Seven Dials is moving on from "clean eating" by publishing Gene Eating, a "pioneering" debut by Cambridge geneticist Dr Giles Yeo, also a presenter for "BBC Horizon".

Poetry Book Society

The Poetry Book Society has added a new Wild Card category to its poetry selections in order to include the "radical, experimental and avant-garde".

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