Bookseller Briefing 18/19 – week ending 3 May

Young people who engage less with reading prefer screens, says NLT report Print is still the preferred medium for young people but digital formats are growing in popularity amongst those who engage less with reading, according to a new report. According to ‘Children, Young People and Digital Reading’, compiled by the National Literacy Trust (NLT) for…

Bookseller Briefing 17/19 – week ending 26 April

PRH US launches Reader Loyalty Programme Penguin Random House in the US has launched a ‘Reader Rewards Loyalty Program’, a free promotional initiative that lets readers earn one free book for every 12 PRH titles they purchase. Sanyu Dillon, executive v.p. and director of marketing strategy and consumer engagement, said that the publisher’s research “shows…

Bookseller Briefing 16/19 – week ending 19 April

Netflix ‘buys 50 literary projects in last year’ Netflix is reportedly on a book-buying spree, with around 50 literary works being turned into series projects. The company is ramping up its book-to-screen deals as it grows its global subscriber base of 139 million, according to Publishers Weekly. Over the past year the world’s largest online video streaming…

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…