Friday, January 18, 2019

Latest from The Bookseller

Independent booksellers have expressed frustration that they are proportionately being taxed as much as six times what Amazon pays in business rates relative to its turnover.
Little Bee Books
Swedish publishing conglomerate Bonnier has sold US children’s publisher Little Bee Books to its founding executive management.
Libraries Taskforce
Arts Council England (ACE) has taken on the work of the Libraries Taskforce until March 2020, as part of its remit as the development agency for libraries.
The Pool
Lifestyle website The Pool has reportedly frozen commissions and regular columns while it struggles to pay a backlog owed to journalists.
Ben Wright
Ben Wright will join HarperCollins in April as international sales director, leaving his post of group international sales director at Hachette.
The Creative Industries Federation is calling for political parties to support a second referendum on Britain’s membership of the European Union, rather than crashing out without a deal.

A “number of offers” have been made to buy HMV after the retailer went into administration for a second time, KPMG has confirmed. 
Tig Wallace
Hachette Children’s Team has hired Tig Wallace, formerly commissioning editor at Penguin Random House Children’s, as senior commissioning editor in the fiction team.
Rachel Denwood
Rachel Denwood, publisher at HarperCollins Children’s Books, is taking on the role of m.d. of Simon & Schuster’s children’s division.
Bluemoose Books
Bluemoose Books has revealed it will only publish female writers in 2020, with co-owner Kevin Duffy lamenting how “women over a certain age are overlooked in the publishing world”.
Tammy Cohen
Transworld has acquired two more books by historical novelist Rachel Rhys, the pen name of Tammy Cohen.
Not Working
Granta is “downing tools” for the afternoon on Monday for an “Inactivity Afternoon" to celebrate publication of Not Working: Why We Have to Stop by psychoanalyst Josh Cohen.

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