Saturday, April 23, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller

The government has given publishers just three months to comply with new legislation which industry figures have warned threatens to decimate illustrated publishing, refusing requests for a longer transition period.
Representatives from Amazon’s US and UK Kindle teams held meetings with three major agency publishers and a group of prominent agents last week in a bid to encourage them to sign their authors’ titles up to Kindle Unlimited.
Melvin Burgess
The Bookseller will present Melvin Burgess with a YA Book Prize special achievement award to mark 20 years since the publication of Junk.
World Book Night
Publishers are to help distribute books in celebration of World Book Night tomorrow, which also marks UNESCO International Day of the book, Shakespeare’s birthday and the 400th anniversary of his death.
The Orwell Prize
Independent publishers have dominated the shortlist for the 2016 Orwell Prize for Books, Britain’s "most prestigious" prize for political writing.
International Publishers Association
An extraordinary General Assembly of the International Publishers Association, called at the request of members who are concerned about the admission of the Publishers Association of China to the organisation, has voted in some key changes to the way the body will be run in future.

Victoria Wood: The Biography
Penguin Random House UK has said it intends to reprint its 2003 unauthorised biography of Victoria Wood following the death of the comedian, singer and writer from cancer, aged 62.
Kirsty Gunn
Prominent novelist Kirsty Gunn has said Scottish funding body Creative Scotland is involved in an "unofficial politicising of literature", requiring authors with no overriding interest in party politics to address issues of Scottish identity in their work if they are to receive funding.
Amazon has signed a $30m contract with the New York City public schools to provide e-books to students.
Caitlin Cornish, former publishing director for Palgrave Macmillan, has joined academic and professional publisher Emerald as its head of books publishing.
Frances Weetman
The Virago New Statesman Award for a new woman economic and political writer has gone to Durham graduate Frances Weetman.
Time magazine
Reclusive Italian author Elena Ferrante has been named one of Time magazine's 100 most influential people, alongside US author Ta-Nehisi Coates.

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