Week 9/21 – week ending 26 February

Cornerstone merges William Heinemann and Hutchinson Conford is appointed publisher of Hutchinson Heinemann, #Merky and Random House Business Books, while Ailah Ahmed is appointed publishing director, Hutchinson Heinemann. New md of PRH’s Cornerstone Venetia Butterfield laid out her ‘vision for success and growth’ with a ‘strategic realignment’ announced this morning. The changes spell the end…

Week 8/21 – week ending 19 February

Hatchards online after 224 years Almost 225 years since John Hatchard first opened his bookshop’s doors in 1797, hatchards.co.uk launches to bring ‘the knowledge, expertise and reading recommendations for which Hatchards booksellers are renowned to a wider online audience. The new transactional site aims to mirror the Hatchards experience: beautiful books, beautifully sold.’ The announcement…

Week 7/21 – week ending 12 February

Bookcareers.com encourages: ‘pay it forward’ Bookcareers.com has launched a “pay it forward” initiative, encouraging past and current clients of the service to support careers consultations for those seeking roles in the book industry. Suzanne Collier, founder of bookcareers.com, said: “Just imagine what would happen to inclusivity in the industry if we could give everyone within…

Week 6/21 – week ending 5 February

New ‘dating app’ for books James Padolsey, founder of book recommendation service A Book Like Foo, has launched Love Your Shelf (loveyourshelf.net), a book “dating app”. Padolsey said: “Bookshelves have become a staple feature of lockdown, both in the backdrop of our video calls and as a place of comfort and joy when the world…

The Reading Agency – Reading Ahead

The need Research shows that when we inspire people to read for pleasure they benefit from far greater opportunities in everyday life, education and employment. However, one in six adults in the UK struggle to read. Reading Ahead is the gateway to these opportunities. The programme is designed to help people improve their reading skills…

Week 5/21 – week ending 29 January

World Book Day reveals 2021 programme World Book Day has revealed its programme for 4 March, including free digital events, online learning opportunities, and a ‘mass participation campaign’. It intends to tackle book poverty, which has been increased this year due to Covid-19, by providing free books for every child and young person. This year’s…

On the Road with Penguin Classics

On the Road with Penguin Classics Henry Eliot On the Road with Penguin Classics is a new literary podcast that takes a stroll around the world’s favourite books. In each episode, author and editor Henry Eliot travels to a different literary location to explore a brilliant book in the company of remarkable readers. The podcast…

Week 4/21 – week ending 22 January

Elizabeth Day, Johny Pitts take over at Open Book Elizabeth Day and Johny Pitts are the new presenters of Radio 4’s Open Book, fronted for 18 years by Mariella Frostrup. Day, author of bestsellers The Party and How To Fail, presented Open Book yesterday (17 January), and Pitts, author of Afropean, will present his first…

Week 3/21 – Week ending 15 January

Editions De La Chouette d’Or has announced the publication of ‘a beautifully illustrated armchair treasure hunt book, The Golden Treasure of the Entente Cordiale,’ published in hardback at £24.90 on 8 April 2021, the anniversary of the signing of the Entente Cordiale between Britain and France. A French edition will be published simultaneously by Editions…

Week 2/21 – Week ending 8 January

Publishers undaunted by lockdown and unruffled by Brexit Anthony Forbes Watson, md at Pan Macmillan, said: “Another lockdown has looked inevitable and necessary for a while, and whilst it is of course difficult for everyone in many ways, it comes in parallel with the roll out of the vaccine and renewed hope for us all…