Thursday, January 10, 2019

Headlines from The Bookseller

The Bookseller's Assocation has warned Amazon is "gaming the system" and branded the business rates regime "unfair" yet again after it emerged the online retail giant paid £63m in business rates despite recording £8bn in UK sales.
Veggie Lean in 15
British book buyers awoke in January from their collective holiday hangover/food coma and embraced "New Year, New You" tightly, with 12 titles in last week's UK Official Top 50 in the healthy eating, fitness and personal development space, led by Joe Wicks' latest chart-topper.
Helen Richardson
Orion's group publicity and communications director, Helen Richardson, has left the Orion Publishing Group "to pursue new opportunities" after almost 20 years with the company.
Independent publisher Joe Pearson of Design for Today who lost £100,000 worth of stock in the Croydon warehouse fire has been “astonished” by an online funding campaign raising almost £25,000 from well-wishers.
Simon Mason
David Fickling Books’ m.d. Simon Mason will join Pushkin Children’s Books leading a new venture next month.
Jeremy Corbyn
An "exposé" of Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn from investigative biographer Tom Bower, Dangerous Hero: Corbyn's Ruthless Plot for Power, will be published by William Collins next month, with the publisher promising an “explosive and important” book.

John Burningham
Illustrator Helen Oxenbury has paid tribute to her husband John Burningham, who died last week.
Diary of an Awesome Friendly Kid
Puffin, part of Penguin Random House Children’s, will this April publish Jeff Kinney’s first novel outside of the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series, about protagonist Greg Heffley’s best friend Rowley Jefferson.
Black Feminist Bookshop
A digital consultant has launched a crowdfunder to create London’s first black feminist bookshop.
France Loisirs
The Paris commercial court has approved the recovery plan for the France Loisirs book club and its four service subsidiaries.
Fay Weldon
Bolinda Audio has secured audio rights for six of Fay Weldon's backlist books as well as English language rights to her next title.
Pop Up Projects
London-based Pop Up Projects is launching a programme to help illustrators from diverse backgrounds start a career in children’s books.

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