Thursday, January 25, 2018

Latest from The Bookseller

Fire and Fury
Michael Wolff’s Fire and Fury (Little, Brown) has blazed into the UK Official Top 50 number one spot, ousting Tom Kerridge’s Lose Weight for Good (Absolute) and selling 41,202 copies for £620,851, according to Nielsen BookScan's Total Consumer Market.
W H Smith
High street sales at W H Smith plunged 4% like-for-like over the Christmas period, partly because of the decline in spoof humour books.
Google Play
Google Play has launched a dedicated audiobook store to take advantage of the recent growth in downloads.
Ndaba Mandela
Hutchinson has acquired a memoir by Nelson Mandela's grandson at auction for an undisclosed sum. 
Laura Deacon
Laura Deacon has been appointed to lead Amazon Publishing UK's editorial team, succeeding current editor-in-chief, Emilie Marneur, who is moving to Amazon Video to become its head of film acquisition.
EdTech Exchange
The British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) is to take on the operational running of start-up mentoring organisation EdTech Exchange, in a joint venture with its original founders which aims to expand the Exchange internationally.

Ursula K Le Guin
Authors have paid tribute to Ursula K Le Guin as "a literary icon" following the American fantasy novelist's death on Monday afternoon.
Pluto Press
London-based radical publisher Pluto Press will be shutting its office on 8th March to mark the ​International ​Women's Strike.
Rebecca Watts
Poet Rebecca Watts has criticised the new wave of high-selling female poets such as Rupi Kaur, Hollie McNish and Kate Tempest in a literary magazine, saying "we must stop celebrating amateurism and ignorance in our poetry".
Donald Trump
The first unofficial Donald Trump Annual is set to be published in October 2018 by 535, an imprint of Kings Road Publishing.
Gui Minhai
Hong Kong publisher and bookseller Gui Minhai has been seized again by Chinese agents on suspicion of sharing secret information with Swedish diplomats. 
Toby Lady
The memorial of late literary agent Toby Eady will take place at 4pm on Monday 9th April at the Royal Overseas Club.

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