Thursday, November 26, 2015

Latest News from The Bookseller

Judith Kerr’s Mog’s Christmas Calamity (HarperCollins Children’s) holds the number one spot for a second week running.
Bertelsmann is seeking a private equity partner to help it buy out Pearson's stake in Penguin Random House.
The Reading Agency has responded to criticism about the lack of ethnic diversity among authors chosen for the World Book Day 2016 list, saying it is a “great shame” that there are no Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) writers included.
Chris Packham
Ebury Press has acquired naturalist TV star Chris Packham’s “emotionally exposing” memoir.
A national study of library workers has highlighted the ongoing gender pay gap in a sector dominated by "low" ethnic, gender and age diversity.
The Dubray Card
Irish bookselling chain, Dubray Books has launched a new loyalty card in time for Christmas.

Hot Key Books
Hot Key Books has signed three new authors for 2016, including Puffin Ireland editor Clare Hennessy and New York Times columnist Lisa Selin Davis.
Roy McMillan and Nicholas Briggs
Roy McMillan of Penguin Random House has won the award for ‘Best Audiobook/ Readings Producer' at this year’s Radio Production Awards.
Illuminae by Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Brad Pitt's Plan B Entertainment and Warner Bros are set to bring YA sci-fi novel Illuminae (Rock the Boat) to the big screen.
New Zealand
The New Zealand government is collecting a 15% goods and services tax on e-books and digital products from overseas retailers as of 1st October 2016. 
Headline is set to publish a wellness guide including gluten and dairy-free recipes and combining skincare and meditation by blogger Xochi Balfou.
Cassava Republic Press, an African publishing house which aims to "change the way the world thinks about African writing", is set to launch in the UK in April 2016.

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