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National Book Award 2019 longlists announced

20 September 2019
In the US, longlists in four categories of the National Book Award have been announced. The longlists announced so far are: Nonfiction Go Ahead in the Rain: Notes to A...

Dalcher wins Goldsboro Glass Bell for ‘Vox’

18 September 2019
In the UK, debut novelist Christina Dalcher has won the £2000 (A$3650) Goldsboro Books Glass Bell Award for Vox (HQ). Set in an America where women are restricted to speaking no...

Love wins 2019 Klaus Flugge Prize

12 September 2019
In the UK, Jessica Love has won the £5000 (A$8990) Klaus Flugge Prize for most promising newcomer to children’s picture book illustration for Julian is a Mermaid (Walker Books), reports...

Print revenue up for Canadian indies in 2017–18

11 September 2019
In Canada, industry research group BookNet has revealed 65% of indie booksellers saw increased revenue from new print book sales between 2017–18, reports Publishing Perspectives. The report, called What’s in Store:...

Amazon breaks Atwood embargo in US

5 September 2019
Amazon has shipped hundreds of copies of Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments (Chatto & Windus), the embargoed follow-up to The Handmaid’s Tale, to US customers ahead of its official release date...

Booker Prize 2019 shortlist announced

4 September 2019
The shortlist for the 2019 Booker Prize has been announced. The six books shortlisted for the £50,000 (A$88,875) prize are: The Testaments (Margaret Atwood, Chatto & Windus, September) Ducks, Newburyport (Lucy Ellmann,...

Audible halts Captions on major publishers’ titles

30 August 2019
In a New York district court stipulation, Audible has agreed to exclude works from a group of major publishers from its Captions program until permission and licensing issues are resolved,...

Laing, Hilsum win 2019 James Tait Black Prizes

20 August 2019
The winners of the James Tait Black Prizes for fiction and biography—the UK’s oldest literary awards—have been announced. Olivia Laing won the £10,000 (A$17,920) prize for fiction for her novel...

Lonely Planet turnover down, profit up in 2018

19 August 2019
In the UK, Lonely Planet recorded a five percent drop in turnover and a 111% increase in profit before tax for the 2018 calendar year, reports the Bookseller. The publisher’s...

UK retailers demand business tax reform

14 August 2019
In the UK, the Booksellers Association (BA) has joined with more than 50 retailers in signing an open letter demanding the government take action on the business rates system, reports...

HarperCollins earnings up six percent in fiscal 2018–19

12 August 2019
In the US, HarperCollins has reported a six percent rise in earnings despite flat annual revenue for the 2018–19 fiscal year, reports Publishers Weekly. EBITDA (earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation,...

Trump renews threat of tariffs on Chinese imports

5 August 2019
In the US, president Donald Trump has threatened to impose 10% tariffs on US$300 billion (A$442b) worth of goods imported from China, including ‘virtually all books’, reports Publishers Weekly. The...

RITA Awards 2019 winners announced

30 July 2019
The Romance Writers of America (RWA) has announced the winners of the 2019 RITA Awards, which recognise excellence in romance novels and novellas. Among the winners in the 13 categories...

Scholastic income down 55% despite sales rise

29 July 2019
In the US, Scholastic has reported a 2019 fiscal year operating income of US$25 million (A$36.2m), a 55% drop on the previous year despite sales rising 2% to US$1.65 billion...

Amazon UK begins releasing weekly sales charts

25 July 2019
Amazon UK has this week launched Amazon Charts, a weekly book bestseller list tracking sales and reads of fiction and nonfiction, reports the Bookseller. Its the first time print and...