Thursday, January 03, 2019

The Bookseller

DC Thomson
Closing Bath-based publisher Parragon cost owner DC Thomson £41m, according to the Scottish-based company’s annual financial results.
Tim Godfray
The executive chairman of the Booksellers Association has called for positivity in the year ahead as he says booksellers are bucking the trend of high street closures. 
Michelle Obama's Becoming (Viking) has held the UK Official Top 50 number one spot for a third week, leaping 26% in volume week on week to shift 116,920 copies for £1.87m in the seven days to the end of 22nd December.
Philip Pullman
His Dark Materials creator Philip Pullman has been knighted in the New Year's Honours list.
Music retailer HMV has appointed KPMG as administrators, citing the challenges to the high street and an "unsustainable" fall in the market for DVDs this Christmas.
Big Green Bookshop
The Big Green Bookshop is closing down its physical premises as owner Simon Key moves the business to online only, with "absolute monster" rates and rents forcing him to shut the bricks and mortar shop.

Barack Obama
Barack Obama has revealed his favourite books of 2018—and his wife Michelle's memoir Becoming (Viking) has topped his list.
Amos Oz
Tributes have been paid to Israeli author Amos Oz, who has died of cancer, aged 79, with his friend and fellow author David Grossman saying "there was only one like him".
Eileen Battersby
The former Irish Times literary correspondent Eileen Battersby has died aged 60 following a car crash in County Meath this weekend.
Olive Heffernan
A debut non-fiction book from Irish scientist Olive Heffernan about the ‘Blue Gold Rush’, The New Pirates of the High Seas, has sparked a bidding war on both sides of the Atlantic.
Indie bookshops in the UK and Ireland are being urged to complete The Bookseller’s annual Christmas trading survey. 

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