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Waterstones staff to receive 6.2% pay rise

27 February 2020
In the UK, staff at bookselling chain Waterstones will receive a 6.2% pay rise, reports the Bookseller. Effective 1 April, the raise in bookseller wages is in line with the...

Folio Prize 2020 shortlist announced

26 February 2020
In the UK, the shortlist for the £30,000 (A$59,000) Rathbones Folio Prize has been announced. The eight shortlisted titles are: Guest House for Young Widows (Azadeh Moaveni, Scribe) On Chapel...

Bologna postponed due to coronavirus

25 February 2020
This year's Bologna Children’s Book Fair has been postponed due to the coronavirus outbreak in Italy. The fair, which was scheduled for 30 March–2 April, will now run from 4–7...

Revenue, profit down at S&S in 2019

21 February 2020
In the US, Simon & Schuster’s (S&S) parent company ViacomCBS has reported that the publisher’s OIBDA (operating income before depreciation and amortisation) fell from US$153 million (A$231.3m) in 2018 to...

HarperCollins creates standalone Irish division

19 February 2020
HarperCollins is creating a new standalone Irish publishing division, reports the Bookseller. The division, which launches on 16 March, will be headed by Conor Nagle, who is currently Gill Books...

Bertelsmann aims to be climate neutral by 2030

18 February 2020
Penguin Random House parent company Bertelsmann is aiming to be climate neutral by 2030. The media company said it aims to halve its greenhouse gas emissions from 2018 levels, when...

LBF to host audiobook summit

7 February 2020
The London Book Fair (LBF) is launching a new audiobook summit, to be held on 10 March. Audio HQ will include sessions on the size of the UK market and...

Taipei book fair postponed due to coronavirus

3 February 2020
The Taipei International Book Exhibition (TIBE), originally scheduled for 4–9 February, has been postponed until 7–12 May as a result of the spreading coronavirus epidemic. The Ministry of Culture, Taiwan...

Amazon net sales up by 20% in 2019

3 February 2020
Amazon has released its full-year financial results for 2019, reporting a net sales increase of 20% on the previous year. The company's financial results for 2018 showed a net sales...

Higher book prices contribute to UK market growth

24 January 2020
The UK book market's consistent growth over the last decade can be attributed to a steady increase in the average selling price (ASP) of books, reports the Bookseller. While volume...

PRH withdraws ebooks from unlimited subscription platforms

23 January 2020
Penguin Random House (PRH) has withdrawn its ebooks and digital audiobooks from unlimited access subscription services. According to Goodereader, the publisher has withdrawn its books from platforms including Scribd in...

German book market revenue up 1.4% in 2019

16 January 2020
German trade publication Börsenblatt has reported that revenue in the German book market in 2019 grew by 1.4% on the previous year. According to an English-language report in Publishing Perspectives,...

Robinson wins 2019 T S Eliot Prize

15 January 2020
In the UK, writer and performer Roger Robinson has won the 2019 T S Eliot Prize for poetry for his collection A Portable Paradise (Peepal Tree Press), reports the Bookseller....

US print sales down 1.3% in 2019

14 January 2020
US print sales in 2019 fell by 1.3% in volume compared to the previous year, reports Publishers Weekly. Volume sales for the year totalled 689.5 million units, down from 698.4...

Pearson sells remaining 25% stake in PRH to Bertelsmann

13 January 2020
Pearson is selling its remaining 25% stake in Penguin Random House (PRH) to Bertelsmann, giving the German corporation 100% ownership of the world’s largest trade publisher, reports the Bookseller. The...

Costa Book Awards 2019 category winners announced

13 January 2020
In the UK, the five category winners for the 2019 Costa Book Awards have been announced. The five winners were chosen from shortlists announced in November 2019. The winning authors each...