Bookseller Briefing 50/18 – week ending 14 December

  No real news this week other than the usual: individuals changing jobs in the UK publishing industry and publishers’ rather hyperbolic announcements of new book acquisitions. With one exception: using the headline ‘The book that changed history’, The Bookseller  is now publishing (for the first time, to my knowledge) sponsor content within its Morning Briefing…

English – The Telegraph – Capitalised words should not be used on university assignments for fear of worrying students, memo advises

Capitalised words should not be used when setting assignments because it can worry students, university lecturers have been told. Academics at Leeds Trinity were sent advised to “write in a helpful, warm tone, avoiding officious language and negative instructions”. According to a staff memo aimed at “enhancing student understanding, engagement and achievement”, capitalising a word…

BITM – The Guardian – Amazon’s AbeBooks backs down after booksellers stage global protest

After almost 600 booksellers withdrew 3.5m books from the secondhand marketplace in support of countries dropped by the website, it apologises for a ‘bad decision’ An “extraordinary and unprecedented” global protest from antiquarian booksellers has forced the Amazon-owned secondhand marketplace AbeBooks to backtrack on its decision to pull out of several countries. AbeBooks had told…

TV – DSTtv/BBC – “Be immersed in Music, Arts and Literature with Brand New BBC Arts & Culture content available exclusively to DStv Premium Customers”

Don’t be misled by the headline. The programmes may be new in that they have not been broadcast on DStv before, but the majority of the programmes themselves are far from ‘brand new’ …   Date: 23.08.2018     Last updated: 23.08.2018 at 09.30 Category: Distribution; BBC Studios Over 5 days (127 Hours) worth of new shows to sit…

English – The Guardian – To Brits with knickers in a twist over Americanisms: don’t get your panties in a bunch

Many ‘American’ phrases are actually British but a new book argues why we say what we say reveals a lot about our cultures   To those dedicated warriors hunched over their keyboards or gripping their pens, ready to fire off an angry salvo about the Americanization of British English to their favorite newspaper, television channel…