Monday, January 07, 2019

Latest from The Bookseller

Gail Honeyman
At the end of 2017, Waterstones boss James Daunt bemoaned that too few of that year's books were blow-the-doors off bestsellers that “packed a wallop”. That all changed in 2018, with many titles showing impressive punching power.
Sales and profits fell at Harry Potter site Pottermore in the year to end March 2018.
Sheldon Press
Hachette UK has acquired the Sheldon Press, a specialist medical, mental health and self-help imprint of the Christian knowledge publisher SPCK.
Stephen Johnson
Penguin Random House UK chair Gail Rebuck has paid tribute to Stephen Johnson, the former m.d. of Exclusive Books and Random House South Africa, who died earlier this week.
LJ Ross
Bestselling thriller author LJ Ross has established a crime writing award worth £2,500 to celebrate the North East.
Big Green Bookshop
Tim West, co-founder of The Big Green Bookshop in Wood Green, plans to open a new, co-operative bookshop locally in the wake of the closure of the bricks and mortar Big Green store.

The French Competition Authority has cleared Vivendi’s takeover of Editis, the second largest French book publisher, from Planeta of Spain for €900m.
Papadopoulos Publishing, an Athens-based publisher that has been running for more than 70 years, is setting up an imprint in the UK to publish children’s books.
Eileen Battersby
In an extract from his eulogy given at Eileen Battersby's funeral, publisher Neil Belton considers her contribution as the Irish Times' literary correspondent .

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