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Lagardère’s sales drop slightly in 2018

8 February 2019
Hachette Book Group (HBG) parent company Lagardère Publishing's total consolidated sales for its publishing group fell by 1.6% in 2018 compared to the previous year, dropping to €2.52 billion (A$4bn)....

Gladwell to release first book in six years

7 February 2019
Penguin Random House Australia imprint Allen Lane will publish Malcolm Gladwell’s first book in six years, Talking to Strangers: What We Should Know About the People We Don’t Know, on 10...

New Salinger writings to be published, confirms son

5 February 2019
The unpublished work of J D Salinger will be published in the near future, Salinger's son Matt Salinger has confirmed in an interview with the Guardian. Salinger, who published his last...

Amazon reports 31% net sales increase in 2018

4 February 2019
Amazon has released full-year financial results, showing a net sales increase of 31% in 2018. The retailer earned net sales of US$232.9 billion (A$321.3bn) this year, compared with US$177.9bn (A$245.4)...

Man Group withdraws Booker sponsorship

29 January 2019
In the UK, hedge fund company Man Group has withdrawn its sponsorship of the Booker Prize. The sponsorship departure will not affect this year’s awards cycle for the Man Booker...

Makkai, Laymon win 2019 ALA Andrew Carnegie Medals

29 January 2019
The American Library Association (ALA) has announced the winners of the 2019 Andrew Carnegie Medals. The fiction prize was awarded to Rebecca Makkai for The Great Believers (Fleet) and the nonfiction...

Wattpad launches data-driven publishing division

25 January 2019
In the US, online storytelling platform Wattpad is launching a publishing division called Wattpad Books. Producing both print and ebooks, Wattpad Books will launch its list in September 2019 with...

Goldsmiths Prize expands eligibility criteria

24 January 2019
In the UK, the Goldsmiths Prize has expanded its eligibility criteria, allowing authors of any nationality to enter, as long as they have resided in the UK or the Republic of...

Edgar Awards 2019 shortlists announced

23 January 2019
In the US, the shortlists for the 2019 Edgar Allan Poe Awards (the Edgars) have been announced. The Edgars honour ‘the best in mystery fiction, nonfiction and television’ published or produced...

Print book sales in Canada remain flat in 2018

17 January 2019
Print book sales in Canada have remained flat in 2018, with backlist books still dominating the market (60%) and nonfiction sales up slightly more than fiction, the same as in...

Sullivan wins 2018 T S Eliot Prize

15 January 2019
In the UK, London-based poet Hannah Sullivan has won the 2018 T S Eliot Prize for poetry. Sullivan won the prize for her debut collection Three Poems (Faber), making it the third debut...

Costa Book Awards 2018 category winners announced

14 January 2019
In the UK, the five category winners for the 2018 Costa Book Awards have been announced. The five winners were chosen from shortlists announced in November 2018. The winning authors...

UK Society of Authors issues ‘Brexit Briefing’

6 December 2018
The UK's Society of Authors (SoA) has issued a report outlining the vulnerabilities faced by the UK's creative industries during the government's Brexit negotiations, reports Publishers Weekly. Representing 10,500 members,...

Frey wins Bad S-x in Fiction Award

4 December 2018
US author James Frey has received the 2018 Bad S-x in Fiction Award, the Literary Review’s annual prize for ‘poorly written, perfunctory or redundant passages of sexual description in modern fiction’....

Bad S-x in Fiction Award 2018 shortlist announced

3 December 2018
In the UK, the Literary Review has announced the Bad S-x in Fiction Award shortlist for 2018. The seven shortlisted books are: Scoundrels: The Hunt for Hansclapp (Major Victor Cornwall & Major Arthur St John...

Rooney wins 2018 Waterstones book of the year award

30 November 2018
UK bookselling chain Waterstones has selected Sally Rooney’s Normal People (Faber) as its book of the year for 2018. Chosen from a shortlist of eight, ‘Normal People was swiftly championed...

Netflix to adapt Dahl classics into animated series

28 November 2018
Netflix has secured the rights to adapt many of Roald Dahl's works for screen, including Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, The BFG, Matilda and George’s Marvellous Medicine (all Puffin). It also has plans to create a...