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HarperCollins, S&S add diversity-focused directors

21 September 2020
In the US, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster (S&S) have both announced new diversity-focused directorial positions, reports Publishing Perspectives. HarperCollins has appointed Gisselda Nuñez to the role of vice-president for diversity,...

Booker Prize 2020 shortlist announced

16 September 2020
The shortlist for the 2020 Booker Prize has been announced. The six books shortlisted for the £50,000 (A$90,000) prize are: The New Wilderness (Diane Cook, Oneworld) This Mournable Body (Tsitsi Dangarembga, Faber)...

Daunt outlines plan for Barnes & Noble

15 September 2020
In the US, Barnes & Noble (B&N) CEO James Daunt has outlined his strategy for the bookselling chain in a virtual Q&A with Book Industry Study Group executive director Brian...

Bookshop.org launches in the UK

14 September 2020
In the UK, Bookshop.org, a retail site for independent booksellers, has launched to the trade ahead of its planned opening to consumers in November, reports the Bookseller. UK bookshops can...

No physical exhibitors at 2020 Frankfurt Book Fair

9 September 2020
This year’s Frankfurt Book Fair won’t feature physical exhibitors due to the Covid-19 pandemic, reports the Bookseller. Organisers said it was no longer feasible to hold the planned ‘special edition’...

Hachette UK buys Laurence King Publishing

3 September 2020
Hachette UK has acquired arts and gift specialist Laurence King Publishing (LKP), reports the Bookseller. Under the deal, which was made for an undisclosed sum, managing director Laurence King will...

First phase of online-only Beijing Book Fair begins

28 August 2020
The first phase of this year’s Beijing International Book Fair—which is taking place entirely online due to the Covid-19 pandemic—has begun this week, with the launch of the fair’s Smart...

Rijneveld wins International Booker Prize

27 August 2020
Dutch author Marieke Lucas Rijneveld has won the £50,000 (A$91,3100) International Booker Prize for their debut novel The Discomfort of Evening (trans by Michele Hutchinson, Faber), reports the Bookseller. Rijneveld's...

Ellmann, Szirtes win James Tait Black prizes

24 August 2020
In the UK, Lucy Ellmann and George Szirtes have won the James Tait Black prizes for fiction and biography respectively. Ellmann won the fiction prize for her novel Ducks, Newburyport...

Light wins 2020 PEN/Ackerley Prize

21 August 2020
In the UK, Alison Light has won the 2020 PEN/Ackerley Prize for a work of memoir or autobiography, for her memoir A Radical Romance (Fig Tree), reports the Bookseller. Light...

US publishing sales down 4.2% in first half of 2020

20 August 2020
According to the Association of American Publishers’ (AAP) latest StatShot report, the US publishing industry’s revenues were down 4.2% in the first half of 2020, although trade sales were up...

HarperCollins revenue down 5%

10 August 2020
HarperCollins’ total revenue fell 5% in the year to 30 June, according to parent company News Corp. In its annual earnings report, News Corp reported that the publisher’s full year...

WHSmith plans restructure, 1500 redundancies

6 August 2020
In the UK, bookselling chain WHSmith has announced plans for a restructure that could lead to 1500 roles made redundant across the business, reports the Bookseller. In a trading update,...

Hugo Awards 2020 winners announced

3 August 2020
The winners of this year’s Hugo Awards, presented annually by the World Science Fiction Convention, have been announced. Best novel went to A Memory Called Empire (Arkady Martine, Tor); best...

French, Italian markets on the mend

30 July 2020
The Bookseller has reported that the French and Italian book markets are both recovering after two months of Covid-19 lockdown. According to the French Booksellers Association, sales from independent booksellers...

Booker Prize 2020 longlist announced

28 July 2020
The longlist for the 2020 Booker Prize has been announced. The 13 books longlisted for the £50,000 (A$90,000) prize are: The New Wilderness (Diane Cook, Oneworld) This Mournable Body (Tsitsi...

Scholastic revenue drops 10%

27 July 2020
Scholastic has reported a 10% drop in revenue for the fiscal year to May 2020, after sales plunged in the fourth quarter due to Covid-19, reports the Bookseller. Revenue fell...

PA reports 2019 as best ever year for UK publishing

23 July 2020
In the UK, the Publishers Association (PA) has reported that 2019 was the best year for publishing in the market’s history, reports Publishing Perspectives. According to the PA’s 2019 yearbook,...

UK customers unsure about returning to bookshops

20 July 2020
In the UK, a Nielsen survey has found 35% of regular bookshop customers are unsure about returning to bricks and mortar shops now that lockdown has eased, reports the Bookseller....

Frankfurt reveals virtual program details

16 July 2020
The organisers of the Frankfurt Book Fair, which will run from 12–18 October, have revealed the details of the fair’s virtual program, reports the Bookseller. As previously reported, in May...

BA welcomes Gardners expansion

14 July 2020
In the UK, the Booksellers Association (BA) has welcomed the news that wholesaler Gardners has bought assets of Bertrams, the book wholesaler that went into administration earlier this year. Last...