Thursday, January 26, 2017

Latest news from The Bookseller

The book trade has generally welcomed Amazon’s new e-book offer, but questioned the five year cap for the new deal and raised concerns over whether it will hold in the UK in a post-Brexit world.
Nicola Solomon
Cries of cultural appropriation could be dissuading authors from publishing books that reflect BAME audiences, the Westminster Media Forum has heard.
W H Smith
Sales of spoof humour books helped W H Smith to achieve a “strong” performance over its Christmas trading period, with the company’s chief executive Stephen Clarke saying that group profit growth for the year is now “slightly ahead of plan”.
Howard Jacobson
Jonathan Cape is publishing novelist Howard Jacobson's retort to Donald Trump's US presidential victory in a "ferociously funny" fairy tale for grown-ups, telling the story of how boastful dunce becomes the leader of the free world. 
The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money
John Maynard Keynes’ The General Theory of Employment, Interest and Money (Palgrave Macmillan), a book about economic policy, is the academic book that has most influenced modern Britain, according to a public vote.
Tom Kerridge
Tom Kerridge’s Dopamine Diet (Absolute) has leapfrogged two Joe Wicks titles to claim the UK Official Top 50 number one spot, shifting 15,279 copies for £160,976. 

Ben Brusey
Editorial director Ben Brusey, who acquired astronaut Tim Peake's Hello, is this planet Earth?, has been promoted to deputy publisher of Century.
Irvine Welsh
Author Irvine Welsh is backing a new campaign against library cuts in Scotland.
Mary Berry
Mary Berry last night (24th January) dazzled attendees in a sequin dress at the launch for her new book, Everyday (BBC Books), in Fortnum & Mason's Diamond Jubilee Tea Salon in London. 
Pearson Education, Cengage Learning and McGraw Hill have subpoenaed Amazon to reveal the names and financial accounts of online vendors who are allegedly selling low-cost pirated copies of the publishers’ books via the Amazon marketplace site.
Ann Cleeves
The Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) will give this year’s CWA Diamond Dagger, awarded every year to a crime author whose career has shown “sustained excellence”, to Ann Cleeves.
Orenda Books
Curtis Brown Group will from now on handle translation and TV/film rights for Orenda Books, according to a deal signed by both companies.

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