Bookseller Briefing 28/18 – week ending 13 July

  The English Patient crowned Golden Man Booker winner he English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (Bloomsbury) has triumphed over competition from the likes of Hilary Mantel and George Saunders to be crowned the best Man… The English Patient by Michael Ondaatje (Bloomsbury) has triumphed over competition from the likes of Hilary Mantel and George Saunders to be…

Bookseller Briefing 27/18 – week ending 6 June

  Relaunched AudioUK to support booming audiobook industry UK audio production sector trade association The Radio Independents Group (RIG) is relaunching as AudioUK, and with a broader remit, in the wake of the audiobook and podcasting boom, “to put audio production at the heart of the UK’s successful creative industries”. With supporters including Penguin Random House UK…

Bookseller Briefing 26/18 – week ending 29 June

ALCS survey finds 15% drop in average author earnings since 2013 It is harder than ever for authors to make a living, according to the latest income survey from the Authors Licensing and Collecting Society, which has found writers’ average earnings have dropped to under £10,500-a-year, a fall of 15% in real terms since its last review in 2013. The survey…

Bookseller Briefing 25/18 – week ending 22 June

  Oxford English Dictionary hunts for regional words Oxford University Press is asking members of the public to submit local words, phrases and expressions from around the world for inclusion in the Oxford English Dictionary. In a blog post, the publisher said: “How we speak can reveal where we are from: not just our accent, but…

Bookseller Briefing 24/18 – week ending 15 June

  Honours for Waterstone, Ishiguro, Beard and Calder Tim Waterstone, founder of the eponymous bookshop chain Waterstones, has been recognised in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List with a knighthood for “services to bookselling and charity”. Author Kazuo Ishiguro – awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature last year – has also received a knighthood, for services to literature. “I’m feeling absolutely…

Bookseller Briefing 23/18 – week ending 8 June

  Eighty librarians condemn deal between Home Office and SCL Eighty library professionals have signed an open letter condemning a deal between the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) and UK Visas and Immigration that will see libraries provide biometric visa support services. The new contract, delivered by IT consultancy Sopra Steria, will be rolled out…

Bookseller Briefing 22/18 – week ending 1 June

Mantel, Saunders, Ondaatje make Man Booker ‘Golden Five’ George Saunders, Hilary Mantel and Michael Ondaatje are among the names to have been shortlisted for the Golden Man Booker Prize, created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the coveted literary award. The ‘Golden Five’ – the books thought to have “best stood the test of time”…

Bookseller Briefing 21/18 – week ending 25 May

  Publishers urge government on e-book VAT ahead of crunch EU meeting Publishers are urging the UK government to support measures that would allow VAT to be removed on e-books, audiobooks and online newspaper and magazine subscriptions in the UK. At a European Union meeting today (25th May) taking place in Brussels, finance ministers will consider new proposals that would allow…

Bookseller Briefing 20/18 – week ending 18 May

‘Legend’ Tom Wolfe dies American author and journalist Tom Wolfe, who wrote Electric Kool Aid Acid Test, The Right Stuff and The Bonfire of the Vanities, has died at the age of 88. Wolfe died on Monday (14th May) after being hospitalised for an infection in New York City, his agent Lynn Nesbit confirmed. Born in Richmond, Virginia, Wolfe developed a new form of…

Bookseller Briefing 19/18 – week ending 11 May

  English PEN to celebrate Mandela centenary with poets and activists English PEN is celebrating the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth by holding an evening of readings with writers and creatives including Ted Hughes Award-winner Jay Bernard and Makar Jackie Kay. Taking place at the Union Chapel in London, the event is scheduled for 17th July – ahead of Mandela’s birthday on 18th…