Saturday, October 28, 2017

The Bookseller

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Bricks-and-mortar booksellers have an extra weapon in their arsenal when it comes to persuading the UK government of the importance of addressing the “unfair” playing field on which they and rival online retailer Amazon operate, after a report released today by the Centre for Economics & Business Research (CEBR) has shown their objective worth o the economy.
James Daunt
Waterstones managing director James Daunt has moved to dismiss any suggestion that a Russian bank collapse will impact on the future ownership of the retail chain, saying that the situation is of “no interest or concern” to the business.
La Belle Sauvage
Independent bookshops dismayed by not receiving signed copies of Philip Pullman's much-anticipated La Belle Sauvage have been cheered by a promise of "special plans" for indies.
Knights Of
Former Scholastic employees Aimée Felone and David Stevens are launching a new children’s publisher that will focus on commissioning writers and illustrators from a diverse range of backgrounds.
CWA Daggers
Jane Harper, Mick Herron and Abir Mukherjee are among the authors honoured at the Crime Writers Association's 2017 Daggers awards, with Ann Cleeves recognised for her "outstanding contribution to crime fiction".
Connect Books
Independent bookshops have expressed some anxieties over the news that Connect Books is now up for sale, saying it is a valued business partner and maintaining competition is important in the space.

Amazon has reported a 34% rise in sales to $43.7bn (£33.41bn) for the three months ending September 30th, with the recent acquisition of Whole Foods Market contributing $1.3bn (£0.99bn) to that total.
Mary Hoffman
Authors Ferdinand Dennis, Mary Hoffman and Philip Womack have been elected to join the Society of Authors' management committee, which oversees the strategic direction and governance of the organisation.
Jackie Lynch
Headline Home has acquired a new diet book, Va Va Voom: the 10-day energy diet, from nutritional therapist Jackie Lynch.
Canongate is to publish a "poetic and powerful" memoir by the co-founder of Black Lives Matter, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, written alongside author and journalist asha bandele.
A ruling against Amazon claiming its advertising on misleads customers about delivery charges has been reversed. 
June Sarpong
Broadcaster and writer June Sarpong will be a speaker at the Building Inclusivity in Publishing conference 2017.

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