Saturday, November 25, 2017

Latest from The Bookseller

Trade figures reflect on a decade of e-reading since the launch of the Kindle.
Shanghai International Children's Book Fair
Just 11 UK publishers exhibited at Shanghai International Children's Book Fair (known as CCBF), a drop of more than 50% year on year - 23 were in attendance in 2016 - amid ongoing concerns that Beijing is keen to stem the flow of overseas-originated titles being published in the country. However, many of those who did make the trip from the UK reported buoyant trading
Brexit means the UK will no longer be able to compete for the European Capital of Culture accolade, the European Commission has confirmed just a week before the winner was expected to be announced.
Five edtech start-ups have won a place as finalists for the PitchEd competition to be held during the EdTech stream at FutureBook next week.
Hannah Beckerman
Orion Fiction has signed a two-book deal with author and journalist Hannah Beckerman.
Hachette Children’s Group has launched its digital Christmas campaign which promotes "children’s right to read", inspired by c.e.o Hilary Murray Hill’s keynote speech at The Bookseller’s Children’s Conference.

Blue Peter Book Awards
Two titles from David Fickling Books are in the running for the 2018 Blue Peter Book Awards along with offerings from Chicken House, Hodder, Scholastic and children’s indie B Small Publishing.
Penguin is to celebrate the centenary of women getting the vote with a new series called Penguin Women Writers.
Wilbur Smith
War Cry (HarperCollins) by Wilbur Smith with David Churchill has been shortlisted for the Bad Sex in Fiction Award, but Vince Cable’s novel Open Arms was dismissed despite "many" nominations.
Adam Sims claimed the prize for Audiobook Narrator of the Year at last night’s Audio Production Awards 2017.
The National Literacy Trust and Bloomsbury Publishing have announced the winners of the Short Story Prize, which revealed “brilliant new children’s writing talent”.
Horrible Histories
Terry Deary’s Horrible Histories series is to be turned into a film set in Roman Britain.

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