Friday, June 26, 2015

Morning News from The Bookseller

Amazon's UK website sales rose by 14% to £5.3bn last year, but the company only booked £680m of revenue through its UK accounts.
At the same time, Amazon paid just £11.9m in tax to UK authorities, while recieving more handouts in governments grants - totalling £1.8m last year.
According to accounts filed in the US, net sales for the UK website were £5.3bn ($8.3bn) to the year ending December 2014, up from £4.49bn ($7.3bn) the year before.
Scribd has acquired Librify, a social e-reading platform, for an undisclosed sum.
Librify was founded in 2013 and launched publicly last summer as a social e-reading site for book clubs with a retail offer. 
Lost my name
Storytelling start-up Lost My Name plans to grow its business globally after raising $9m (£5.6m) in a funding round led by Google Ventures.
French Flag
French publishers’ net income fell by 1.3% last year to €2,652m from €2,687m in 2013, although the picture is “encouraging” for the first half of this year, the book trade publication Livres Hebdo has reported.
This was the fourth year running showing a decline, even though the drop was less marked than in 2013.
Capel & Land
Anita Land is leaving agency Capel & Land to set up her own business, focusing on TV and broadcasting rights.

Land, who was previously a director at Capel & Land, left the company on 23rd June and is taking her clients with her to set up her own company from different premises. No more details have been announced.

From now on Capel & Land will be known as Georgina Capel Associates, with Capel staying in her role as director. Her new email is
Watermark Books
Authors showed their support for Watermark Books in Kings Cross station, at a send-off event last night (24th June) ahead of the shop's closure at the end of July.

Quercus has acquired a book about cycling by Olympic gold medallist and world champion Geraint Thomas after a "fierce auction".

In The World of Cycling According to G, which will be published in hardback and e-book on the 29th October, Thomas talks about the world of cycling, from “grovelling up the Mortirolo Pass to a weekend jaunt with the lads up Caerphilly Mountain”.
Tropical Wonderland
Pavilion imprint Batsford has a 500,000 first print run for colouring book Millie Marotta's Tropical Wonderland, to meet retail orders around the world. 
The book, released today (25th June, £9.99), is the follow-up to Millie Marotta’s Animal Kingdom, which has been translated into 30 languages worldwide, with "well over one million copies in print," according to the publisher. It has sold over 152,000 copies in the UK trade via Nielsen BookScan since August 2014.
Independents are planning celebrations for the publication of Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman (William Heinemann) on 14th July, with some holding midnight openings.
Bloomsbury Children’s Books has revealed plans for a second Harry Potter Book Night in 2016.
The event, which will take place on the 4th February, will again include events and activities based on the seven Harry Potter books penned by J K Rowling.
More than 10,000 schools, libraries, bookshops and community groups registered to take part in the first Harry Potter Book Night, which took place earlier this year.

Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit
Students from the University of London and the University of the Arts London have won prizes at this year’s Penguin Random House cover design awards.

Kate Gamet from the University of the Arts London won the adult fiction award for her cover of Jeanette Winterson’s Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit. Scott Kooken from the University of Northampton won the adult non-fiction prize for his cover of Freakonomics by Stephen J. Dubner and Steven Levitt, while Lucie Williams, also fro

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