Saturday, February 27, 2016

Latest News overnight from The Bookseller

A "tough year for Pearson" has resulted in a "modest" 2% decline in sales of £4,468m in underlying terms, according to the educational publisher's annual results released this morning. 
Zadie Smith
Penguin Random House announced at its conference in Birmingham yesterday it will be publishing novels from both Ali Smith and Zadie Smith this year.
JS Group
The JS Group has reported a surge in e-textbook sales, with digital now accounting for 13% of the academic retailer’s book revenue.
The Diagram Prize
Academic texts on the human posterior and animal entrails, a tome on famous birdwatchers and a photography book showcasing the beautiful architecture of bus stops in the former Soviet Union are among the titles nominated for the 38th Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year, administered by The Bookseller.
The Martian
Five of the Best Picture nominees at this Sunday's Oscars are adapted from books, with The Martian by Andy Weir (Del Rey) leading the pack of film tie-ins, with 113,991 units sold.
Joseph Knox
Waterstones crime buyer Joseph Knox is publishing a debut series of crime novels with Transworld Publishers, following a “highly competitive” 10-way auction. 

Andrew Franklin
Profile m.d. Andrew Franklin has spoken out again to condemn library cuts, telling Publishing Scotland's annual book conference that "shameful" destruction of libraries in the UK, alongside cuts to education in England and Wales, constituted a "a crime against humanity" that we will "pay the price" for over the years to come.
Emirates Airline Festival of Literature
Isobel Abulhoul, founder and festival director of the Emirates Airline Festival of Literature, said the Think Twice campaign calling for UK authors to boycott the event is “disappointing”.
Girl Online
Secondary pupils say their favourite book is Zoella’s Girl Online, although Jeff Kinney dominates the top 10 of most read books in schools, according to a new survey.
RELX Group
Revenue at the RELX Group, formerly known as Reed Elsevier, increased 3% to almost £6bn last year, with net profit rising 6% to just over £1bn.
Emma Watson and Gloria Steinem
Global goodwill ambassador for UN women Emma Watson and political activist Gloria Steinem enthralled an audience of 950 people at an event to mark the launch of Watson's new feminist book club.
First Story
The London Book Fair has named First Story, a charity which aims to “change lives through writing”, as its 2016 charity of the year.

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