Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Latest from The Bookseller

David Shelley
Audio is a real “growing force” but the formulaic nature of publishing is “crippling” for the industry, the Society of Young Publishers (SYP) Conference has heard.
Julian Barnes
Julian Barnes has reignited the debate over the Man Booker Prize rule changes, calling the decision to allow American authors to compete "straightforwardly daft".
J K Rowling
A percentage of sales from the new edition of J K Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them (Bloomsbury), as well as Hogwarts Library Books: Quidditch through the Ages, will be donated Comic Relief as part of Red Nose Day next year.
France will stage its first Reading Night on 14th January.
Transworld's publishing director for commercial fiction Sarah Adams and editorial director Frankie Gray have been promoted.
Start-ups behind the world’s largest video library for education, an online classroom wall, and an online tutoring resource, are among the six businesses that will take part in a live pitch off at the EdTech for Publishers Conference.

Chinese publishers are rushing to capitalise on the growth in the country’s children’s books market, with book sales data company Open Book citing a 15% year-on-year rise in value terms in 2016 to date, following double-digit surges in recent years.
Publishers Association
Publishers should seek to partner with top-performing multi-academy trusts (MATs) on new product development or risk being bypassed, the Publishers Association's education conference heard on Friday (25th November).
Dear Zoo by Rod Campbell
Macmillan Children's Books (MCB) is launching a campaign, including new publishing and a partnership with London Zoo, to mark 2017 being the 35th anniversary of Rod Campbell’s Dear Zoo.
The bodies representing European publishers and booksellers have called for the immediate release of eminent Turkish novelist and human rights activist Aslı Erdoğan and linguist Necmiye Alpay after they were rearrested on Wednesday (23 November), and charged with 'membership of a terrorist organisation'.
The Publishers Association is launching a new campaign, The Textbook Challenge, after an independent survey found that 63% of primary and secondary teachers in English schools could be "making more use of textbooks" - while one in five don’t use them at all.

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