Wednesday, October 25, 2017

The Bookseller

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
The Bloomsbury Group’s revenues soared by 15% to £72.1m for the first six months of its financial year, helped by J K Rowling’s Harry Potter books which boosted sales in the publisher’s children’s division by 33%.
woman reading e-book
Print and e-book sales are on the rise, while audiobook sales are seeing rapid growth despite being largely untapped by most publishers, according to early results from The Bookseller’s Digital Census, the annual tracker of the digital transformation run annually ahead of the FutureBook Conference.
Juliet Brooke is moving from Chatto & Windus to Sceptre to become its editorial director.
Hodder Children’s Books will publish a “magical realist Shakespearean series” by hip hop artist Akala following a “hotly contested” auction.
Influx Press
Independent publisher Influx Press is to open its submissions exclusively to women of colour in a bid to expand the range of voices and scope of work it publishes.
Irish Book Awards 2017
David Walliams will be presented with the ‘International Recognition Award’ at this year’s Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards ceremony as the prize announces a search for a new sponsor.

Rhiannon Lucy Coslett
Sandstone Press has acquired The Tyranny of Lost Things, the debut novel from The Vagenda blog founder Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett which it says will "resonate with the millenial generation".
Isabel Ashdown
Trapeze will publish an “unsettling thriller” set in Norway from novelist Isabel Ashdown which promises “jawdropping twists and turns”.
Alma Books
The founders of Alma Books have expressed “shock and dismay” at the "apparent rejection of European values" which has accompanied Britain’s decision to exit Europe, saying that the prospect of the UK closing its borders to the continent is not one they "find easy to countenance".
Granta Books
Granta Books has acquired a new novel from Jenny Offill, author of the Folio-shortlisted Dept. of Speculation
Fourth Estate
Fourth Estate has acquired 11 political stories about “the way we live now” from Man Booker-longlisted author Joseph O’Neill.

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