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US book industry faces supply chain challenges

6 September 2021
In the US, various factors are putting increasing pressure on the book industry’s supply chain, reports Publishers Weekly. The challenges include shortages of truck drivers and trailers, congestion at the...

Rushdie to publish next book on Substack

3 September 2021
Salman Rushdie plans to serialise his next book on the online platform Substack, the Bookseller reports. Rushdie’s new book The Seventh Wave—a 35,000-word novella about a ‘film director and an...

New September dates for Beijing Book Fair

2 September 2021
The Beijing International Book Fair (BIBF) will go ahead on 14­–18 September after it was postponed from August dates due to Covid-19 measures. While in-person attendance is limited to Chinese...

PRH half-yearly profits up 55%

1 September 2021
Penguin Random House (PRH) parent company Bertelsmann has reported the publisher posted a profit rise of 55.1% and a 10.9% growth in sales for the first half of 2021. Total...

‘Into Books’ campaign spreads to Paris, New York

30 August 2021
The Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) has expanded its new ‘Into Books’ campaign to Paris, New York and Riyadh, reports Publishing Perspectives. The campaign, which has the slogan ‘If you’re into...

Barnes & Noble sales up 5–6%

27 August 2021
Barnes & Noble (B&N) CEO James Daunt is confident the bookselling chain can ‘weather the Covid storm’ with book sales ‘resilient’ during the recession, reports Publishers Weekly (PW). In an...

Rooney ARCs sell for hundreds of dollars online

24 August 2021
Uncorrected proofs of Sally Rooney’s upcoming novel Beautiful World, Where Are You (Faber) have fetched hundreds of dollars on trading sites eBay and Depop, reports the Guardian. A copy listed on...

Sharjah Book Authority launches pro-reading campaign

20 August 2021
In the United Arab Emirates, the Sharjah Book Authority (SBA) has launched a new pro-reading campaign with the slogan ‘If you’re into something, you’re into books’, reports Publishing Perspectives. The...

US half-yearly bookstore sales up 30%

18 August 2021
In the US, bookstore sales in the first half of 2021 rose 30.3% compared to the same period last year, reports Publishers Weekly. Bookstore sales rose from US$2.82 billion (A$3.9b)...

Hachette Book Group to acquire Workman Publishing

17 August 2021
In the US, Hachette Book Group (HBG) will acquire independent publisher Workman Publishing in a US$240 million (A$327m) deal, reports Publishers Weekly. Workman Publishing, which has about 300 employees across...

HarperCollins reports revenue up 19%, profit up 42%

9 August 2021
HarperCollins has reported a record profit and 19% revenue growth in the 2021 fiscal year, according to parent company News Corp’s annual results. The publisher reported revenue of US$1.98 billion...

US reading time up 21%

30 July 2021
Survey results from the US Department of Labor found people were spending 21% more time reading in May–December 2020, compared to the same period in 2019, reports Publishers Weekly. According...

Polari Prize shortlists announced

29 July 2021
In the UK, the shortlists for the Polari Prizes for LGBTQ+ literature have been announced, reports the Bookseller. The titles shortlisted for the £2000 (A$3770) Polari Prize, which awards an...

Booker Prize 2021 longlist announced

27 July 2021
The longlist for the 2021 Booker Prize has been announced. The 13 books longlisted for the £50,000 (A$93,600) prize are: A Passage North (Anuk Arudpragasam, Granta) Second Place (Rachel Cusk,...

Scholastic sales down 13%

26 July 2021
Scholastic has reported a 13% drop in sales for the year ending 31 May. Revenue declined US$186.8 million (A$253.6m) to US$1.3 billion (A$1.76b), due to lower sales through Scholastic’s book...

Warwick appointed Scholastic CEO

20 July 2021
Peter Warwick has been appointed Scholastic president and CEO, succeeding long-time chairman, president and CEO Dick Robinson, reports Publishers Weekly. Warwick, a Scholastic board member since 2014, will be the...

Italian book sales up 44% in first half

14 July 2021
Trade book sales in Italy have grown 44% in unit sales and 42% in value in the first six months of 2021, according to the Italian Publisher's Association (AIE). The...

Smith, Yaffa win 2021 Orwell Prizes

28 June 2021
UK novelist Ali Smith and US journalist Joshua Yaffa have won this year’s Orwell Prizes for political fiction and political writing respectively, reports the Bookseller. Smith was awarded the political...