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UK indies struggling to find distribution post-Grantham

21 February 2024
In the UK, independent publishers are finding distribution ‘particularly challenging’ following last year’s announcement that Grantham Book Services (GBS) will close in 2025, reported the Bookseller. ‘The reality is that...

Indigo considers offer to take chain private

7 February 2024
In Canada, the board of the Indigo Books & Music bookselling chain, headed by former Penguin Random House CEO Markus Dohle, has established a special committee of independent directors to...

Inaugural Nero Book Award category winners announced

31 January 2024
The four category winners of the inaugural Nero Book Awards have been announced. Winners are: Children’s fiction The Swifts (Beth Lincoln, illus by Claire Powell, Puffin) Debut fiction Close to...

Audible to cut staff

17 January 2024
Audible CEO Bob Carrigan, in a memo to staff, said that Audible is cutting its workforce, reports Publishers Weekly (PW). PW said the cuts are believed to be about 5%...

Writers’ Prize 2024 shortlist announced

10 January 2024
The shortlist for the 2024 Writers' Prize, formerly the Rathbones Folio Prize, has been announced. The shortlisted books in each category are: Fiction The Wren, The Wren (Anne Enright, Vintage)...

MacInnes wins 2023 Blackwell’s Book of the Year

29 November 2023
In the UK, In Ascension (Martin MacInnes, Atlantic) has been chosen by booksellers as Blackwell’s Book of the Year 2023, reports the Bookseller. The science fiction book, which was longlisted for...

Shelley to lead Hachette in UK and US

15 November 2023
Hachette Book Group (HBG) in the US and Hachette UK (HUK) will be reorganised under ‘a new English-language management structure’ that will see HUK CEO David Shelley take on the...

KKR completes S&S purchase

1 November 2023
Private equity firm KKR has completed its US$1.6 billion (A$2.5b) purchase of Simon & Schuster (S&S) from Paramount Global in an all-cash transaction, reports Publishers Weekly. S&S is a now...

Over 100,000 trade visitors attend Frankfurt

25 October 2023
About 105,000 trade visitors from 130 countries attended this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair (FBF), which ran from 18–22 October, reports Publishers Weekly. FBF director Juergen Boos said the fair had...

US$75K Cundill History Prize finalists announced

18 October 2023
The finalists for the 2023 Cundill History Prize, which ‘rewards the best history writing in English’, have been announced. The finalists are: Red Memory: Living, remembering and forgetting China’s Cultural...

PW conference on AI and book publishing

11 October 2023
Publishers Weekly (PW) hosted an AI webinar, Artificial Intelligence: Revolution and Opportunity in Trade Publishing, on 27 September, led by digital publishing analyst Thad McIlroy and online strategy director Peter...

FT Business Book of the Year Award shortlist

4 October 2023
In the UK, the shortlist has been announced for the 2023 Financial Times Business Book of the Year. The shortlisted titles are: Material World: A substantial story of our past and...

Around 200 jobs to go at T&F

27 September 2023
Academic publisher Taylor & Francis (T&F) will remove around 200 roles from its business, reports the Bookseller. In a letter to staff, T&F said there would be ‘changes to certain...

Federal judge blocks Texas book rating law

20 September 2023
In the US, a federal judge has officially blocked Texas’s controversial book rating law, HB 900, from taking effect, reports Publishers Weekly. The 59-page opinion and order is a victory...

£50k Wolfson History Prize shortlist announced

6 September 2023
In the UK, the shortlist for the £50,000 (A$98,500) Wolfson History Prize has been announced. The shortlisted works of history are: African and Caribbean People in Britain: A history (Hakim...

US market sales up 1.2% in first half of 2023

23 August 2023
According to the Association of American Publishers’ (AAP) latest StatShot report, the US publishing industry’s revenues were up 1.2% in the first half of 2023, thanks largely to growth in...

US bookshop sales up 7% in first half of 2023

16 August 2023
In the US, bookshop sales grew 7% in the first six months of the year compared to the same period in 2022, reports Publishers Weekly. According to preliminary estimates from...

Booker Prize 2023 longlist announced

2 August 2023
The longlist for the 2023 Booker Prize has been announced. The 13 books longlisted for the £50,000 (A$96,700) prize are: A Spell of Good Things (Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀, Canongate) Old God’s...

Layoffs at PRH US

19 July 2023
In the US, Penguin Random House (PRH) has confirmed in a letter to staff it has made a number of layoffs in addition to its previously announced voluntary redundancy plan,...

Harlequin to introduce TikTok-inspired imprint

12 July 2023
In the US, Harlequin will launch a new imprint, Afterglow Books, reports Publishers Weekly. Harlequin said the imprint will ‘build upon the popularity of TikTok's #spicytok content’, and target contemporary...

UK Publishers Association sets up AI taskforce

7 June 2023
In the UK, the Publishers Association (PA) has formed an AI taskforce to help the industry navigate new developments in artificial intelligence technology, reports the Bookseller. PA CEO Dan Conway...

Shortlists announced for James Tait Black prizes

31 May 2023
In the UK, the shortlists for the James Tait Black prizes have been announced. The shortlisted titles in each category are: Fiction Bitter Orange Tree (Jokha Alharthi, trans by Marilyn...

Gospodinov, Rodel win 2023 International Booker

24 May 2023
The novel Time Shelter by Bulgarian author Georgi Gospodinov, translated by Angela Rodel and published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, has won the £50,000 (A$93,900) International Booker Prize. Time Shelter was chosen...