Thursday, January 19, 2017

Latest from The Bookseller

Pearson intends to sell its 47% stake in Penguin Random House and will be issuing an "exit notice" to its joint venture partner Bertelsmann, which holds a majority 53% stake in the group. Bertelsmann has responded by saying it is "open" to increasing its share in Penguin Random House if the "financial terms are fair".
The Publishers Association (PA) and the Independent Publishers Guild (IPG) have welcomed prime minister Theresa May's speech yesterday (17th January) confirming the UK will be leaving the single market. 
Lean in 15
Joe Wicks has leapfrogged himself to claim the number one spot in the book chart for a third week running—this time with his debut Lean in 15 (Bluebird).
Edward Stanford Travel Writing Awards
Indies are leading the shortlist for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year, with five of the six books vying for the £5,000 prize hailing from independent presses.
Antonia Byatt
Cheltenham Festivals is restructuring its business to make cost savings, resulting in job consultations and the departure of literature festival director Antonia Byatt after less than a year in the role.
Macmillan Children’s Books is set to publish what it describes as the first official "guide” to the Moomins this October.

C B Editions
Indie publisher CB Editions is to wind down its operations this year, as founder and sole member of staff Charles Boyle goes into semi-retirement.
Sarah Cleave
Sarah Cleave, formerly of Saqi Books, has made the move up north to join Manchester-based independent publisher Comma Press in the role of publishing manager.
Justin Myers
Little, Brown has acquired two novels from freelance journalist "The Guyliner", to be published under his own name Justin Myers.

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