Tuesday, February 05, 2019

From The Bookseller

James Daunt
Waterstones is to split its centralised buying functions into two roles, aimed at resolving the disconnect between what is ordered by the chain and what is then sold through.
Adam Kay
The same three début superstars are doggedly dominating the top of the Weekly E-Book Ranking in 2019 to date, just as they did throughout most of 2018.
Nick Barley
Head of Edinburgh International Book Festival Nick Barley has warned of the “irretrievable damage to Britain” by the current visa system, following publishers’ concerns for the free travel of writers.
Bella Pearson
Bella Pearson, the former publishing director at David Fickling Books, is launching her own company in Oxford, focusing on middle-grade and YA fiction.
Börsenverein des deutschen Buchhandels
Membership of Germany’s Börsenverein des deutschen Buchhandels has continued its downward spiral in 2018.
One Springy Day
Percy the Park Keeper is set to return in brand-new picture book, 30 years after the publication of One Snowy Night

Michelle Harrison
Simon & Schuster Children’s UK has bought two middle-grade titles from Michelle Harrison: a sequel to A Pinch of Magic and one as yet untitled novel.
Fredrik Backman
HBO Europe will make a brand new drama based on Fredrik Backman’s novel Beartown, as Michael Joseph plans to publish two new books by the Swedish author. 
Amazon's 2018 sales increased 31% to $232.9bn as the online giant revealed a record $72bn revenue for the fourth quarter, in its latest financial results. 
A Girl Called Justice
Hachette Children’s Group has acquired a “deliciously murderous” MG detective series by adult crime writer Elly Griffiths.
Diana Athill
The funeral of editor and memoirist Diana Athill OBE will be held at St Paul's Church, Bedford Street, Covent Garden WC2 on Wednesday 20th February at 3pm.

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