Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Latest news: Angry publishers debate OA monographs at IPG

Angry academic publishers held an emergency meeting at the IPG spring conference yesterday to debate the Higher Education Council for England's plan to demand that monographs be published Open Access to qualify for the 2027 Research Excellence Framework, or REF.
Hachette UK
Hachette UK had "a good 2017" despite like-for-like sales dipping 3.9% after an unfavourable comparison to the year before.
Faber & Faber publisher Mitzi Angel is leaving the press at the end of June to return to New York, where she will take up the role of senior vice president and publisher at her former firm Farrar, Straus and Giroux (FSG).
Maths - No Problem! has been named Ingram Content Group Independent Publisher of the Year at this year's IPG Independent Publishers Awards.
The London Book Fair (LBF) is taking place in March both in 2019 and in 2020 after the organiser's research confirmed it was the most popular month to hold the event. 
Daunt Books
Daunt Books Chelsea could be turfed out of its home on Fulham Road after plans to redevelop the building block have been approved, despite more than 140 objections.

Amol Rajan
It is vital that publishers implement mobile strategies and exploit data about audience, BBC media editor Amol Rajan has said, whilst discussing the challenges facing organisations such as Facebook and the BBC.
A L Kennedy
Canongate has acquired a "magical, charming and deeply moving" literary fable by Costa Prize-winning novelist A L Kennedy.
Jemma Wallace
Single parent Jemma Wallace has secured a £10,000 publishing contract after winning Trapeze Books, Gingerbread and The Pool's "One in Four" competition. 
Kenneth Clarke
The entire political class has "sold out" on Brexit, Ken Clarke MP has told delegates to the IPG Conference, as he discussed the government's current "astonishing and complex" task in negotiating a new relationship with the European Union and rest of the world.
David Solomons
David Solomons has signed on to write two Doctor Who stories for BBC Children’s Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House Children’s UK.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
After a dearth of new entries in the Weekly E-Book Ranking a week ago—the first time on record that no new titles hit the chart—the latest ranking more than makes up for it. In total, 11 shiny new titles entered the top 20.

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