Friday, October 27, 2017

The Bookseller

Connect Books
Connect Books has been put up for sale by its parent company with a price tag of £15.0m.
Waterstones Tottenham Court Road
Waterstones’ future ownership is said to be in doubt after the collapse of Russia's biggest private bank Otkritie, of which the chain’s owner Alexander Mamut was a major shareholder. 
Pottermore, the digital content business set up to support J K Rowling’s Harry Potter output, has doubled sales and returned to profit, after what was described as an “exceptional year”.
University of Cambridge
Cambridge University has confirmed it is reviewing how it teaches postcolonial literature following a petition from one of its students calling for the curriculum to include “post-colonial” or “BME authors”, to avoid “perpetuating institutional racism”.
David Shelley
David Shelley, c.e.o. designate of Hachette UK, has been named on a list of leading LGBT+ executives compiled by professional membership organisation OUTstanding and published in the FT.
Ebury Press has acquired a "ground-breaking" study of depression by science writer Alex Riley at auction.

Valerie Brandes
Jacaranda Books founder Valerie Brandes has been named one of the 100 most influential black Britons.
Christina Demosthenous, currently commissioning editor at Headline, is moving to Bookouture to take up the role of commissioning editor.
Jessica Townsend’s Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow will be adapted for screen by the Oscar-nominated writer of "The Martian" for Twentieth Century Fox.
Book Aid International
Book Aid International has raised almost £2,000 through its quiz teams featuring publishers, agents, authors and librarians.

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