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Random House (PRH), Pan Macmillan and Hachette Livre, as well as Curtis Brown parent company Original Talent, have withdrawn all staff—including UK employees—from the London Book Fair (LBF) due...

Big five US publishers, Amazon withdraw from LBF

3 March 2020
Amazon and the US businesses of HarperCollins, Hachette and Penguin Random House are the latest publishers to withdraw staff from the London Book Fair (LBF) due to the coronavirus outbreak,...

Hachette UK revenue down 1.4% in 2019

3 March 2020
Lagardère full-year results show that Hachette UK’s revenue was down 1.4% in 2019, reports the Bookseller. Hachette UK CEO David Shelley said that while 2019 was a strong year for...

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...