Thursday, August 27, 2015

Latest book news from The Bookseller - Children's book sales up 23% over summer

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Children’s book sales increased 23% over the summer holidays, with a strong demand for titles for all ages.  
Sales of children’s print books in the UK grew to 5.5 million for the six-week period 28th June – 15th August, a 23% rise from the previous six weeks (10th May- 27th June), according to Nielsen BookScan.
Cat Anderson, children’s specialist at the Edinburgh Bookshop, said she sold books to a lot of children buying titles for family holidays. The timing of the Edinburgh Festival also contributed to a spike in sales for the shop.
HarperCollins has appointed Ananth Padmanabhan [pictured] as the new c.e.o. of HarperCollins India, and announced the formation of a new board for the business.
Padmanabhan joins from Penguin Random House India, where he was senior v.p. of sales. PRH has appointed Nandan Jha as its new v.p. of product and sales in India, to replace him.
China’s One Belt, One Road initiative, the burgeoning online reading phenomenon and the “fierce competition” among Chinese top publishers were just some of the topics discussed at two conferences in this week’s build-up to the Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF). 
James Patterson
James Patterson has jumped to the top of the UK Top 50 chart this week with 14th Deadly Sin (Arrow)—his 21st individual title to reach the summit since Nielsen BookScan’s records began. However, Swedish author Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin has scored a surprise hit with his picture book The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep, coming in at second position – the first book produced on Amazon’s CreateSpace platform to make the Official UK Top 50.
The Book Trade Charity (BTBS) and The Matthew Hodder Charitable Trust (MHCT) are to merge to form one organisation carrying the BTBS name.
The merger will mean BTBS can now expand its education grants, alongside continuing its welfare support work.
BTBS, under chief executive David Hicks, will take over the administration and back-office function of MHCT, which has no staff.
MHCT has gifted its assets to BTBS, which is creating the Matthew Hodder Fund, from which four educational grant schemes will be funded.
Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train (Transworld) is’s biggest selling e-book of 2015 so far, the retailer has revealed.
The list of top 20 e-books of the year is dominated by female authors, with E L James’ Fifty Shades of Grey companion novel, Grey: Fifty Shades of Grey as told by Christian (Cornerstone) in second place.
Head of Zeus has two books in the top 20, with Nadine Dorries’ Hide Her Name (Head of Zeus) in ninth and The Throwaway Children by Diney Costeloe (Head of Zeus) in 13th.
Transworld has brought forward the release date of The Joy of Tax by Richard Murphy – the creator of ‘Corbynomics’ – and is exploring plans to launch the book at the Labour Party Conference next month.
Murphy [pictured] is a chartered accountant and is the author of Labour leadership contender Jeremy Corbyn’s economic policy.
The Joy of Tax, bought by Transworld publishing director Doug Young in September last year, was originally due to be released on 19th November, but Transworld has brought forward the release to 1st October.
We're Going on a Bear Hunt
Channel 4 is set to broadcast a 30-minute animation based on Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury’s bestselling picture book We’re Going on a Bear Hunt.
The channel’s chief executive officer Jay Hunt and head of drama Piers Wenger commissioined the programme, striking a deal with Walker Productions’ Helen McAleer and Julia Posen, both of whom will act as executive producers on the show. The show will be produced by Lupus Films, who made the TV show 'The Snowman and The Snowdog', and directed by Joanna Harrison and Robin Shaw.
Carl-Johan Forssen Ehrlin
Swedish literary agency Salomonsson has signed Carl-Johan Forssén Ehrlin, the author of the chart-topping self-published picture book The Rabbit Who Wants to Fall Asleep.
The book, which Ehrlin created to help parents lull their children to sleep, is currently the second biggest-selling title in Nielsen Bookscan’s UK Top 50, coming behind only James Patterson’s Invisible (Arrow).
Publishing Scotland has launched a new fund to encourage international publishers to translate work by Scottish writers.
The fund, which will be officially launched today (25th August) at Edinburgh International Book Festival, is being run by Publishing Scotland on behalf of Creative Scotland.
The funding, offered in the form of a grant, is to support publishers based outside the UK in buying rights from Scottish and UK publishers and agents by offering assistance with the cost of translation of Scottish writers.
Hodder & Stoughton will publish a new book by explorer Levison Wood, to accompany a television series.
Wood’s Walking the Himalayas sees him explore five countries along the mountain range. Wood will present a Channel 4 series about his journey in spring 2016.
Hodder and Little, Brown US acquired world rights, including translation and serial through Jo Cantello of Wolfsong Media.
Social e-reading subscription platform Bookmate has expanded into Indonesia, partnering with telecommunications network Indosat to bring mobile reading to Indonesian customers.
The companies aim to launch a mass market mobile reading service under the brand Bookmate-Cipika Books.
Ahead of the launch, Bookmate has signed deals with “leading” Indonesian publishers to bring 4,000 titles in Bahasa in addition to its library of 250,000 English language titles.

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