Bookseller Briefing 5/19 – week ending 1 February

Rising production costs pile pressure on publishers Rising paper prices and the currency effects of a weaker pound are continuing to push publishers’ production costs up, with the Publishers Association’s c.e.o. Stephen Lotinga describing the development as “obviously concerning”. Wordsworth Editions director Derek Wright told The Bookseller: “We have already had notification of a rise in our production…

Bookseller Briefing 4/19 – week ending 25 January

The Bookseller acquires BookGig website from HarperCollins BookGig, the publisher-agnostic website dedicated to book events, launched by HarperCollins in October 2016, has been acquired by The Bookseller. BookGig helps readers connect with their favourite authors by listing book related events for as many different authors and genres as possible.  Since launch, BookGig has featured thousands of events across…

Bookseller Briefing 2/19 – week ending 11 January

International sales ‘increasingly important in 2019’, predict publishers Publishers will increasingly look to international territories for growth this year in the face of a stable but flat domestic market, according to industry leaders giving The Bookseller their predictions for what 2019 holds for the trade. Yet paradoxically the terms of many international trading relationships are currently uncertain…

Bookseller Briefing 1/19 – week ending 4 January 2019

Man Booker Prize 2019 opens for entries The submissions for the 2019 Man Booker Prize are now open. The award goes to a long-form work of fiction, published in the UK and Ireland, with last year’s going to Anna Burns’ Milkman (Faber) leading to a significant spike in sales. Each shortlisted author receives £2,500 and a designer bound copy of…