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Report shows 127 UK libraries closed last year

12 December 2018

The Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) has found that 127 libraries closed in the UK last year and a continued decline in overall spending and staff levels,...

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,...

Costa Book Awards 2018 shortlists announced

23 November 2018

In the UK, the shortlists for the 2018 Costa Book Awards have been announced. Shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award are: The Silence of the Girls (Pat Barker, Hamish Hamilton) The...

Making the deal: The state of rights sales in the UK 

24 October 2018

While the UK remains a tough market for Australian publishers to break into, UK indies are showing an interest in Australian voices, reports Catherine Moller. Several Australian independent publishers have had...

Brown, Williams win 2018 James Tait Black Prizes

20 August 2018

The winners of the James Tait Black Prizes for fiction and biography—the UK’s oldest literary awards—have been announced. Craig Brown’s Ma'am Darling: 99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret (HarperCollins) has won the...

UK working class writers’ festival planned for 2020

16 August 2018

In the UK, authors, publishers and trade professionals will launch a working class writers’ festival, reports the Bookseller. Author Natasha Carthew initially tweeted to her followers in July: ‘Comrades! This is a call...

Bowers to participate in UK exchange program Intersect

13 August 2018

Writer and multidisciplinary artist Candy Bowers has been announced as one of the 2018 participants in the British Council's inaugural UK exchange program, Intersect. Bowers is one of three culturally...

Connect Books sold for just £6 million

16 February 2018

UK book wholesaler and distributor Connect Books has been sold to private equity firm Aurelius for £6 million ($A10.6 million), which is nearly half of the sale price originally agreed...

Waterstones partners with UK podcast

14 February 2018

In the UK, bookselling chain Waterstones has announced a year-long partnership with the podcast Mostly Lit to produce a series of in-store events and online content, reports the Bookseller. The...

International library news

29 October 2014

US appeals court reverses e-reserves copyright ruling In the US, the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals has issued its long-awaited ruling in the Cambridge University Press vs. Patton case, also...

Forward Prize for Poetry winners announced

2 October 2014

In the UK, the winners of the 2014 Forward Prize for Poetry have been announced. The Forward Prize for Best Collection was awarded to The Cartographer Tries to Map a...

Former Book Depository MD launches Best Little Bookshop

13 August 2014

UK-based online bookstore Best Little Bookshop, the brainchild of former Book Depository MD Kieron Smith, has launched in beta form, reports the Bookseller. Smith announced plans to create the bookstore in February 2014 after leaving...

Purcell appointed head of Amazon Publishing UK 

11 August 2014

Amazon has hired Eoin Purcell, former editorial director of New Island Books in Dublin, to lead Amazon Publishing in the UK, reports the Bookseller. Amazon first advertised the role in March 2014, saying...

Audiobook initiative wins FutureBook Hack prize 

20 June 2014

An audiobook initiative that allows people to record their own audiobook clips and be rated for their performance online has won the UK publishing industry’s FutureBook Hack Prize, reports the...