Thursday, April 20, 2017

Latest news from The Bookseller

Theresa May
The book trade has expressed surprise over the snap general election called by prime minister Theresa May and is divided over whether it will harm or boost the book market.
Star Wars: Rogue One
Matt Forbeck’s Star Wars: Rogue One (Egmont) has knocked Lee Child’s Night School (Bantam) off the UK Official Top 50 number one spot, shifting a stellar 57,949 copies according to Nielsen BookScan’s Total Consumer Market.
Ben Kane
Historical writer Ben Kane, currently published by Cornerstone, has signed a three-book deal with Orion.
Oscar's Book Prize
Scholastic has claimed two titles out of the five shortlisted for Oscar’s Book Prize, which honours the best book published for children under five-years-old.
NMD Trading Company has sold book supply company Mayfield Books & Gifts to Cornwall-based distributor Outstanding MD.
Willow Smith has bought the film rights to YA fantasy trilogy Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton (Faber) with a view to starring in it.

Riddley Walker
The Folio Society has published 1,000 limited editions of Riddley Walker by Russell Hoban with illustrations by Sir Quentin Blake and a postscript from the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams.
The Lions
Hodder & Stoughton has acquired the memoir of Sir Ian McGeechan, a former Lions rugby player and head coach.
Altmetric, the scholarly research data science company, is to undertake a pilot project with The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), to track the impact of materials in the OECD iLibrary.
Yesterday prime minister Theresa May announced her intention to call a snap general election on 8th June this year, pulling it forward from 2020.

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