Week 20/20 – week ending 15 May

BA launches fund to help booksellers reopen The Booksellers Association (BA) launched a £50,000 fund to help its independent members prepare to reopen their bookshops once lockdown restrictions have been lifted. A phased reopening of shops will begin on 1 June, but it is not known whether bookshops will be among them, and the BA…

Week 19/20 – week ending 8 May

Elliott Advisors buys Wordery Elliott Advisors, owner of Waterstones and Barnes & Noble, has bought Wordery, the online bookselling division of wholesaler Bertrams. Wordery will be a separate business from Waterstones. James Daunt, Waterstones CEO, told the BBC last week that the chain’s online sales were up 1,500% since the Covid-19 lockdown. Bertrams is owned…

Week 18/20 – week ending 1 May

Ladybird launches Little Big Moments Ladybird has launched a new initiative, Little Big Moments, aimed at supporting parents and helping children connect with family members who they can’t currently see. The publisher is sending a pair of matching books to a ‘separated duo’ each day so they can enjoy storytime together via phone or video…

Week 17/20 – week ending 24 April

Fund for booksellers approaches £120,000 Thanks to recent contributions from Hachette, Pan Macmillan and others, the fundraiser in aid of booksellers affected by the coronavirus crisis has reached nearly £120,000. The sum includes £50,000 of match funding from Penguin Random House. The fundraiser, which closed this morning (21 April), was launched by Gayle Lazda, Zeljka…

Week 16/20 – week ending 17 April

Faber furloughs staff Faber is from today furloughing certain members of staff under the Government’s Staff Retention Scheme. The affected staff will receive full pay. The furlough period is set initially for three weeks. Stephen Page, Faber CEO, has written to authors and agents to update them on the company’s activities during the coronavirus lockdown.…

Week 15/20 – week ending 10 April

Books Etc SOUTH AFRICA has decided not to renew its subscription to The Bookseller. Starting this week (week 15, ending 10 April 2020) the same bookseller and publishing news is now sourced from BookBrunch who I wish to thank and acknowledge in full. Penguin authors at home for video series Penguin is launching an online…

Week 14/20 – week ending 3 April

Internet Archive accused of ‘attack’ after making 1.4 million books available The Internet Archive’s move to lift restrictions on 1.4 million books has been branded an “aggressive, unlawful and opportunistic attack” on the rights of authors and publishers by the Association of American Publishers (AAP). Based in San Francisco, the archive has caused controversy by…