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UK print market up 5% in volume, value

25 January 2021
In the UK, Nielsen BookScan has estimated the 2020 print book market rose 5.2% in volume and 5.5% in value compared to 2019, reports the Bookseller. BookScan used its Books...

UK indies struggle with Brexit costs, delays

22 January 2021
In the UK, indie publishers are struggling with increased costs and delays caused by Brexit, reports the Bookseller. Among the most pressing is the extra costs from increased bureaucracy, while...

Naver to acquire Wattpad

21 January 2021
South Korean internet platform Naver will purchase online social writing and reading platform Wattpad for more than US$600 million (A$775 million) in cash and stock, reports Publishers Weekly (PW). Naver,...

UK supply chain hit by border delays, Brexit issues

13 January 2021
In the UK, booksellers are facing issues with goods coming into and out of Europe due to border delays and Brexit red tape, reports the Bookseller. Waterstones has suspended deliveries...

German book market down 2.3% in value

12 January 2021
The German book market was down 2.3% in value and 5.3% in volume in 2020, reports the Bookseller. The market was hit by two Covid lockdowns, the second of which...

US print book sales up 8% in 2020

11 January 2021
In the US, NPD BookScan has reported that print sales in the US rose 8.2% in 2020, making it the bestselling year for print in a decade, reports Publishing Perspectives....

PRH Canada to split Knopf, Random House divisions

11 December 2020
Penguin Random House (PRH) Canada has announced it is dissolving the Knopf Random House Canada Group, to allow the two imprints, Knopf Canada and Random House Canada, to operate independently...

‘Hamnet’ named Waterstones book of the year

3 December 2020
UK bookselling chain Waterstones has named Maggie O’Farrell’s novel Hamnet (Tinder Press) as its book of the year, reports the Bookseller. Waterstones fiction buyer Bea Carvalho said Hamnet­—which is inspired...

Reed to retire BookExpo

2 December 2020
BookExpo, the largest publishing trade show in the US, is being retired by Reed Exhibitions, reports Publishers Weekly. Book-focused events BookCon and Unbound will also be retired. Organiser ReedPop, a...

PA to aggregate diversity statistics

25 November 2020
In the UK, the Publishers Association (PA) will aggregate publisher statistics on the diversity make-up of their books, reports the Bookseller. After a number of big publishers confirmed they were...

National Book Award winners announced  

23 November 2020
In the US, the winners of this year’s National Book Awards have been announced. The winning titles in each category are: Fiction Interior Chinatown (Charles Yu, Europa Editions) Nonfiction The...

Pan Mac, Nosy Crow among FutureBook Awards winners

23 November 2020
In the UK, the winners of the FutureBook Awards: Best of Lockdown have been announced, reports the Bookseller. The winners include publishers Nosy Crow and Pan Macmillan, Bath-based bookshop Mr...

Stuart wins Booker Prize for ‘Shuggie Bain’

20 November 2020
Scottish author Douglas Stuart has won the £50,000 (A$91,100) Booker Prize for his debut novel Shuggie Bain (Picador), reports the Bookseller. Stuart’s novel, based on his own childhood, tells the...

Pearson creates direct-to-consumer division

19 November 2020
Pearson has announced the creation of a new direct-to-consumer division, focused on direct-to-consumer products and channels. 'With the accelerating interest in digital learning across the globe, we need to meet...

UK book sales down 11% for first half

16 November 2020
In the UK, stats from the Publishers Association (PA) show that total book sales across the industry fell 11% in the first six months of the year, reports the Bookseller....

WHSmith posts £69 million loss

13 November 2020
UK book chain WHSmith has recorded a £69 million (A$125m) headline loss in preliminary results announced for the year ended 31 August. The company made a £31 million (A$56m) group...

Thammavongsa wins Canada’s $100k Giller Prize

11 November 2020
In Canada, Souvankham Thammavongsa has won this year’s C$100,000 (A$106,150) Giller Prize for her short story collection How to Pronounce Knife (Bloomsbury). Of Thammavongsa’s collection, the prize jury said: ‘How...

FutureBook Conference to run as virtual event

10 November 2020
This year’s FutureBook Conference, run by the UK’s Bookseller, will run as a virtual event from 16–20 November. The program includes more than 40 sessions and 100 speakers, including the...

UK audiobook sales surge in lockdown

9 November 2020
In the UK, audiobook sales are expected to show 15.8% growth in volume by the end of the year according to Nielsen, reports the Bookseller. Nielsen projected UK audiobook sales...

LBF moved to June 2021; new director named

5 November 2020
In the UK, the London Book Fair (LBF) has announced next year’s event will take place from 29 June to 1 July, according to the Bookseller. The fair was originally scheduled...

Bookshop.org makes £65,000 in UK launch

4 November 2020
In the UK, online retailer Bookshop.org made sales of around £65,000 (A$119,000) in its first day of trade on 2 November, reports the Bookseller. Around 150 independent bookshops have signed...

French bookshops to re-enter lockdown

30 October 2020
French bookshops and libraries will close for at least 15 days from 30 October, as the country enters a second lockdown to curb the rise in Covid-19 cases, reports the...