Sunday, April 29, 2018

From The Bookseller

James Daunt
Waterstones chief executive James Daunt has shared his hopes that the chain will continue to open fresh stores under its new ownership, as he conducted widespread interviews with the national media following the chain's sale to Elliott Advisors.
Philip Jones reacts to the sale of Waterstones and the trade's concern that a private equity purchase of a book business rarely runs smoothly.
Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (HarperCollins) by Gail Honeyman is one of three books in the running for the 2018 Desmond Elliott Prize for first-time novelists, alongside Paula Cocozza's How to be Human (Hutchinson) and Preti Taneja's We That Are Young (Galley Beggar Press).
Paul Currie
An overhaul in the way Foyles buys books from publishers is already bearing fruit for the company, its chief executive Paul Currie has told The Bookseller.
Courtney Zoffness
American writer Courtney Zoffness has won the 2018 Sunday Times EFG Short Story Award for her short story "Peanuts aren't nuts". 
Amazon has reported a 43% rise in sales to $51bn (£36.9bn) for the first three months of 2018.

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine
Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine and Helen Morris’ The Tattooist of Auschwitz have held first and second place in the Weekly E-Book Ranking for five weeks straight.
Nosy Crow
Children’s publisher Nosy Crow is closing its in-house app department and making three members of staff redundant. 
Judith Kerr
Independent Bookshop Week (IBW) will feature the 50th anniversary of The Tiger Who Came to Tea as well as Philip Pullman exclusives and a nationwide poet tour from Carol Ann Duffy.
Springer Nature
Academic houses Taylor & Francis and Cambridge University Press have joined a pilot project on using blockchain technology for peer review, announced by publisher Springer Nature and start-up Katalysis last month. 
CrimeFest is celebrating its 10th anniversary by teaming up with publishers to give away 4,000 crime novels for free all over the country. 
Reni Eddo-Lodge
Reni Eddo-Lodge's Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People about Race (Bloomsbury) has topped a people's poll of the books by women that have changed the world, conducted for Academic Book Week.

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