Tuesday, November 29, 2016

News from The Bookseller

Note this is a couple of days old as a result of my being off-line.

The Society of Authors (SoA) has called on publishers to give authors “the right to say no” to high-discounting practices as part of its campaign for fairer, more transparent contracts.
The Good Immigrant
The Good Immigrant has been voted as the British public’s favourite book of 2016 at the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards.
Maureen Corish
Maureen Corish, group communications director for Penguin Random House UK, is leaving the business at the end of November as the result of a restructure in PRH's communications function.
Black Fridayy
Booksellers are bidding to get a share of the £2bn shoppers are predicted to spend today, Black Friday.
The number of children taking part in the Summer Reading Challenge fell 4% this year, although percentage of under-4s participating rose 12%.
Bluebird hosted a star-studded 2017 preview event for press and retailers with bestselling authors Joe "The Body Coach" Wicks, comedian Russell Brand and activist Jack Monroe all appearing at the London Edition Hotel.

Bookshops are rolling out their Christmas advertising campaigns, with Foyles releasing a video in support of its festive push for the first time.
Shanghai International Children's Book Fair
UK publishers in attendance at the fourth Shanghai International Children’s Book Fair (known as CCBF) reported a frenzy of intense interest from Chinese publishers keen to buy translation rights, with deal prices rising as auctions took place to distribute coveted titles.
Surfing memoir Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life by New Yorker journalist William Finnegan (Corsair) has scooped the 28th William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award.
Natalie Jerome
Natalie Jerome is joining Kings Road Publishing, a division of Bonnier Publishing, as brand and licensing director.
Tom Fletcher
Children’s authors such as Tom Fletcher, Chris Hoy and the children’s laureate Chris Riddell have signed up to take part in next year’s ‘Biggest Book Show on Earth’, organised by World Book Day.
Rakuten Kobo has partnered with European retail chain Fnac to bring Kobo products to readers in Spain.

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