Saturday, April 30, 2016

Latest News from The Bookseller

Elsevier has sought to set aside public criticism of its Open Access (OA) and pricing policies and to restate its value for the academy, emphasising how, as a profit-generating company, it has the means to invest in innovation to serve researchers’ fast-changing needs.
Pearson saw sales fall 4% in the first quarter of 2016, but has maintained trading is "in line with expectations".
Amazon has reported its most profitable quarter ever, achieving $513m (£351m) up from $57m (£39m) the previous year.
Mark Nicholas
Hachette Children’s Group (HCG) has announced Mark Nicholas as the winner of the inaugural Carmelite Prize, its new award recognising excellence in children’s book illustration.
Orion Publishing Group has acquired a biography of Prince by bestselling British music journalist Mick Wall. 
Leilah Skelton
Author Jessie Burton has named a setting in her new novel The Muse after Waterstones bookseller Leilah Skelton (pictured) as a thank you for a “stellar” effort in hand-selling her début novel.
The 11th book in Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid series, which will go on sale on 1st November, will be entitled Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Double Down.
Online writing community Wattpad is looking to monetise its content by selling stories to other entertainment businesses through the new Wattpad Studios division.
Little, Brown has acquired three new novels by bestseller Mark Billingham.
Pavilion Books has appointed Ione Walder to the role of commissioning editor.
Janetta Otter-Barry, the founder of independent publisher Otter-Barry Books, is hoping to publish new voices in children’s poetry with her new list.
The author Jenny Diski, who published a memoir about living with inoperable lung cancer only last week, has died aged 68.

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