Friday, December 16, 2016

Latest news from The Bookseller

The GCHQ Puzzle Book
Booksellers are divided on whether David Walliams' The Midnight Gang (HarperCollins) will hang on to the charts top spot through to Christmas or whether a final surge from Five on Brexit Island (Quercus) or even The GCHQ Puzzle Book (Michael Joseph) will help one of them claim the festive Number One spot in their stores.
Amazon has begun using drones to deliver parcels to customers in the UK, in a limited trial.
Creative Access
A petition launched to save diversity charity Creative Access from closure has secured more than 2,100 signatures, including from many high-profile industry figures.
English PEN
English PEN has reported a deficit of close to £90,00 in its annual report for the year ending 31st March 2016, describing it as "a challenging year".
William Heinemann has acquired Biased: The New Science of Race and Inequality by social psychologist Dr Jennifer Eberhardt at auction.
Pearson is making its Learning Design Principles (LDPs) publicly available under a creative commons license to "broaden the conversation" on the learning principles that should form the basis for educational products.

London Book Fair
The London Book Fair (LBF) 2018 will take place 10th - 12th April 2018, with Baltic countries Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania picked as the market focuses.
Book spend for libraries in England has fallen by £35m since 2005, while book lending to adults and children has declined by 36.5% and 21% respectively in the last five years, new analysis from library campaigner and former Watersones' m.d. Tim Coates has revealed.
Kate Williams
Author, historian and broadcaster Professor Kate Williams has been selected to chair the nine-member judging panel that selects the overall winner of the 2016 Costa Book of the Year.
Bee Boy
Oxford University Press (OUP) Children’s has acquired a fiction series by Tony De Saulles, the illustrator of Scholastic’s Horrible Histories series.
Emma Dabiri
Penguin Press has acquired Emma Dabiri’s debut A History Of Hair, a book promising to be "an inspiring personal and critical account of the history of Afro hair".
Sarah Matthias
Independent publisher Troika Books has bought a YA novel about Hitler’s attempted extermination of the Roma and Sinti people.


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