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UK publishers furlough staff

8 April 2020
Penguin Random House (PRH) UK, Hachette UK and Bonnier UK are furloughing a number of their workers, reports the Bookseller. For furloughed workers, the UK government is providing grants for...

Dylan Thomas Prize 2020 shortlist announced

8 April 2020
The shortlist for the £30,000 (A$60,000) International Dylan Thomas Prize has been announced. The shortlisted titles are: Surge (Jay Bernard, Chatto & Windus) Flèche (Mary Jean Chan, Faber) Inland (Téa...

HarperCollins to acquire Egmont Books UK

2 April 2020
HarperCollins has announced its intention to acquire Egmont Books UK, as well as Egmont’s book businesses in Poland and Germany, reports the Bookseller. The transaction is for an undisclosed sum...

Bertram closes temporarily

1 April 2020
In the UK, wholesaler Bertram has temporarily closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, reports the Bookseller. Bertram Group CEO Raj Patel cited staff welfare as a primary concern, noting that...

Gardners suspends new orders

31 March 2020
UK-based distributor Gardners has suspended taking new orders for physical products, citing the safety and wellbeing of its workforce as the reason for the decision. An announcement on the Gardners...

B&N closes 400 shops temporarily

30 March 2020
In the US, bookselling chain Barnes & Noble (B&N) has temporarily closed about 400 stores to the public, reports Publishers Weekly. The chain is working with state and local governments...

PRH, BA back crowdfunding campaign for booksellers

27 March 2020
In the UK, Penguin Random House (PRH) and the Booksellers Association (BA) are backing a crowdfunding campaign to raise money for booksellers affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, reports the Bookseller....

US publishers consider moving pub dates

26 March 2020
In the US, major publishers are struggling with whether or not to move publication dates of forthcoming titles in light of the Covid-19 pandemic, reports Publishers Weekly (PW). Publishers are...

PRH profits, revenue up 6.2% in 2019

25 March 2020
Penguin Random House (PRH) revenue and profit was up 6.2% in 2019, according to parent company Bertelsmann, reports the Bookseller. The publisher’s revenues increased 6.2% to €3.64 billion (A$6.6b), with...

Luiselli becomes first woman to win Folio Prize

24 March 2020
In the UK, Mexican novelist Valeria Luiselli has become the first woman to win the £30,000 (A$59,470) Rathbones Folio Prize for her novel Lost Children Archive (Fourth Estate). Lost Children...

US print book sales down 10% last week

20 March 2020
In the US, NPD BookScan figures show print book unit sales fell 10% for the week ending March 14 compared to the previous week, after physical bookstores began closing their...

Macmillan lifts library embargo for new-release ebooks

19 March 2020
In the US, Macmillan has abandoned its embargo on new-release ebooks in libraries, reports Publishers Weekly. ‘There are times in life when differences should be put aside,’ said Macmillan CEO...

Amazon deprioritises book sales

18 March 2020
In the US and Europe, Amazon has deprioritised book sales as the company works to meet the surge in demand for household staples, medical supplies and other high demand products,...

National Book Critics Circle Awards winners announced

16 March 2020
In the US, the winners of the 2019 National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) Awards have been announced. The winners include: Fiction Everything Inside: Stories (Edwidge Danticat, Knopf) Nonfiction Say Nothing:...

Bologna book fair cancelled

12 March 2020
Due to the spread of coronavirus in Italy, organisers of the Bologna Children's Book Fair (BCBF) have cancelled this year’s rescheduled event, which was due to run from 4–7 May....

US publishers’ sales up 1.8% in 2019: StatShot

11 March 2020
In the US, estimates from the Association of American Publishers’ (AAP) StatShot program show that US publishers’ sales totalled US$14.7 billion (A$22.6b) in 2019, up 1.8% on the previous year,...

PRH pulls worldwide staff from Bologna

11 March 2020
Penguin Random House (PRH) will not send any staff to the rescheduled Bologna Children’s Book Fair, making it the second of the Big Five publishers to cancel its appearance at...

S&S pulls UK, US staff from Bologna

10 March 2020
Staff from the UK and US divisions of Simon & Schuster (S&S) won’t attend the rescheduled Bologna Children’s Book Fair in May, reports Publishers Weekly. Last month, the fair was postponed...

ViacomCBS looks to sell S&S

5 March 2020
In the US, mass media company ViacomCBS is planning to sell Simon & Schuster, reports Publishers Weekly. At a Morgan Stanley investor conference, ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish said it will...

LBF to go ahead as publishers pull UK staff from fair

4 March 2020
Penguin Random House (PRH), Pan Macmillan and Hachette Livre, as well as Curtis Brown parent company Original Talent, have withdrawn all staff—including UK employees—from the London Book Fair (LBF) due...