Friday, April 24, 2015

Latest book news from The Bookseller

Hachette Book Group USA and the Swedish writer Jonas Jonasson have engaged lawyers to pursue royalty payments owed to the author by Hesperus Press.
Authors are protesting against a Green Party proposal to reduce the length of copyright terms to a maximum of 14 years.
The UK copyright term is currently set at the life of the author plus 70 years, but in the "Intellectual Property" section of a policy statement the Green Party says it wants to “expand the area of cultural activity, that is ways that culture can be consumed and shared, reduce the role of the market and encourage smaller and more local cultural enterprise”.
A global piracy ring has been found guilty in a US federal court of intentionally infringing copyright, sharing copies of books from up to 16,000 international publishers. The maximum damages allowed under US law - $37.5m – were awarded.
The case of Elsevier Inc v Victor Kozlov and Pavel Kazutsin, which was brought to court as a joint action by the global publishing industry, concerned the defendants' websites Avaxhome and Avaxsearch, which illegally provided access to digital copies of millions of books, as well films, music, games and other copyrighted content.
Penguin Random House UK and taxi ordering app Hailo have partnered on a new scheme which will see free physical and audiobooks given away.
Free books will be left in cabs which use the Hailo service, under the #BlackCabBooks scheme, while audiobook extracts will be available through the app itself. The new promotion has launched today, World Book Night (23rd April), where people are encouraged to spread the joy of reading by giving books.
Penguin Random House in the US has launched a new consumer-facing website under a unified branding.
Quercus Books is to host a digital-led "Day of the Girl" celebration of Lisbeth Salander, the heroine of Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, on the character’s birthday on 30th April.
Ken Michaels has been appointed chief executive officer of Macmillan Higher Education and Macmillan New Ventures.

Currently the global chief operating officer of Macmillan Science and Education (MSE), Michaels will begin his new job upon the closing of the proposed merger between parts of MSE and Springer Science+Business Media.
HarperCollins has appointed Oli Malcolm to the role of publishing strategy director for fiction, non-fiction and Avon.
Farmer and writer John Lewis-Stempel has won the Thwaites Wainwright Prize 2015 for Meadowland: the Private Life of an English Field (Black Swan).
Worth £5,000, the annual book prize is awarded by publisher Frances Lincoln, in association with the National Trust, to highlight the best books in UK nature and travel writing. Lewis-Stempel beat off competition from five other shortlisted titles, including Helen Macdonald’s H is for Hawk (Jonathan Cape).
A new independent bookshop has opened in Boyne Valley in Ireland, selling new books with a focus on children’s literature. 
Last weekend husband and wife team Shane and Lorraine Breslin “quietly opened” Blackbird Books on the Old Corn Market in Boyne Valley, County Meath, which is about a 40-minute drive from Dublin.
The two-storey shop will stock books across a 1,000 sqft space, with new books downstairs and a secondhand section upstairs.
House of Illustration is partnering with Curved House Kids, which promotes visual literacy skills among primary school children, to offer families in Islington the chance to publish their own book.
Blogger Belle Gibson, whose recipe book The Whole Pantry was pulled by Michael Joseph in March, has admitted that she never had cancer, the Guardian has reported.

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