Bookseller Briefing 28/19 – week ending 12 July

Hodder tight-lipped as Boris Johnson hints at further delay for Shakespeare biography Hodder & Stoughton has remained tight-lipped after Boris Johnson suggested his long-awaited book on Shakespeare could be delayed yet again. The Tory leadership hopeful’s Shakespeare: The Riddle of Genius was originally scheduled for release in October 2016 to mark 400 years since the bard’s death.…

Bookseller Briefing 27/19 – week ending 5 July

Publishing ‘sleepwalking into oblivion’ over library e-book lending barriers, says librarian The book world is “sleepwalking into oblivion” if there are not changes to the terms under which e-books are made available to libraries, a chief librarian has warned. In recent weeks, the US has seen a number of controversies on the issue, including a demand…

Bookseller Briefing 26/19 – week ending 28 June

BookBeat launches in 24 countries in major European expansion Audiobook streaming service BookBeat has launched in 24 new European markets, making the service available in 28 countries overall. The service, which is operated by Bonnier, launched in Sweden and Finland in 2016, shortly followed by Germany and the UK. According to BookBeat, the service is…

Bookseller Briefing 25/19 – week ending 21 June

Wolf book postponed in US as Virago holds firm Publication of Naomi Wolf’s latest book has been postponed in the US following “new questions” about its contents but UK publisher Virago is standing by its publication. Wolf was initially alerted to errors in Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalisation of Love during an appearance on BBC Radio 3…

Bookseller Briefing 23/19 – week ending 7 June

New Booker branding as Crankstart sponsorship begins Crankstart has officially taken over as supporter of the Booker Prize, ending 18 years of sponsorship by The Man Group. The charitable foundation, run by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Sir Michael Moritz and his wife, Harriet Heyman, was announced in February as the prize’s new sponsor in a five-year deal.…

Bookseller Briefing 22/19 – week ending 31 May

Virago to make ‘any necessary corrections’ to Naomi Wolf book Virago says it stands by Naomi Wolf and the thesis for her book but will make “any necessary corrections” after she was accused on the BBC of misunderstanding a key legal term. The author appeared on Radio 3 to discuss Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalisation…

Bookseller Briefing 21/19 – week ending 24 May

Publishers split on value of sensitivity readers following Boyne criticism Many publishing insiders have praised the use of “sensitivity readers” in children’s and YA books, however two authors who used them or similar services in recent months were still criticised for transphobia and cultural appropriation. Sensitivity reading can be defined as readers from specific backgrounds,…

Bookseller Briefing 20/19 – week ending 17 May

Export ban on judge’s copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover In a rare move, the Government is appealing for a buyer to pay £56,250 for the obscenity trial judge’s copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover to stop it leaving the country. The 1960 edition of D H Lawrence’s novel was sold at auction for the huge sum to an anonymous…