Bookseller Briefing 33/19 – week ending 16 August

Orion launches digital imprint Dash Orion is launching a new digital-first commercial fiction imprint called Dash this autumn, led by commissioning editor Victoria Oundjian. The venture, which aims to “connect readers with stories, fast” will publish across all fiction genres including romance, comedy, suspense, historical tales and thought-provoking novels about the modern world. Oundjian will…

Bookseller Briefing 30/19 – week ending 26 July

Trade figures weigh in on Booker Prize longlist as big names dominate The Booker Prize longlist has been declared “an absolute gift for bookselling” by Waterstones as retailers acknowledged the lack of surprise entries in a year that features literary heavyweights and former winners Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie. Atwood and Rushdie face competiton Goldsmiths Prize-winning author…

Bookseller Briefing 29/19 – week ending 19 July

Pearson breaks from print with ‘digital first’ policy for US titles Pearson will start releasing its updated US titles in digital form first as it breaks with traditional educational publishing and begins phasing out print textbooks. The company said its 1,500 US titles would now be updated with a “digital first” policy, updated on an…

Roving Report – The new Zimbabwe dollar (2)

Chinese Printing New Zim Dollar, To Build New Capital In Mt Hampden, Currency To Be Backed By Gold, Diamond Reserves – Spotlight Report Claims   A report claims that the Chinese government is printing a new Zimbabwe currency which is expected to be launched in early 2020. The new Zimbabwe dollar is set to replace…

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…