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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...

Booker Prize 2019 longlist announced

24 July 2019
The longlist for the 2019 Booker Prize has been announced. The 13 books longlisted for the £50,000 (A$88,875) prize are: The Testaments (Margaret Atwood, Chatto & Windus, September) Night Boat...

Two women awarded Japan’s top literary awards

19 July 2019
In Japan, novelists Natsuko Imamura and Masumi Oshima have been awarded two of the country’s top literary awards, reports Kyodo News. Imamura was awarded the Akutagawa Prize for her novel...

US audiobook sales up 25% in 2018

18 July 2019
In the US, the Audio Publishers Association (APA) has reported audiobook revenue in 2018 grew by 24.5% to total US$940 million (A$1.34b), reports Publishing Perspectives. Unit sales were up 27.3%,...

Pearson shifts to digital-first model

17 July 2019
UK-based educational publisher Pearson will shift to a digital-first model, reports Publishers Weekly. The publisher has announced that it will only update the digital editions of its 1500 American university...

US bookshops raise $48k for #BookstoresAgainstBorders campaign

9 July 2019
In the US, around 150 independent bookshops, small presses and other literary organisations have raised more than US$48,000 (A$68,860) for the #BookstoresAgainstBorders fundraising campaign, reports Publishers Weekly. Initiated by Wisconsin...

Locus Awards winners announced

2 July 2019
In the US, the winners of the 2019 Locus Awards for science fiction and fantasy writing have been announced. Winners include: The Calculating Stars (Mary Robinette Kowal, Tor) in the...

UK publishing employment up 3.9% in 2018

1 July 2019
In the UK, publishing industry employment was up 3.9% in 2018, growing from 192,000 jobs in 2017 to 199,000 in 2018, reports the Bookseller. The figures from the Department for...