Week 9/20 – week ending 28 February

LBF podcast line-up unveiled The London Book Fair (LBF) has unveiled its 2020 live podcast programme, featuring authors including David Mitchell, Lynda La Plante, Cressida Cowell, Janne Teller and Abigail Dean. Returning for the second time after launching last year, live podcasts will record on LBF’s Fireside Chat Stage across the event from 10th–12th March. Kicking…

Week 8/20 – week ending 21 February

Dan Brown pens Puffin picture book and composes classical music album Dan Brown has penned a Puffin picture book about the adventures of an orchestra-conducting mouse, backed by a classical music album composed by The Da Vinci Code writer. Francesca Dow, m.d. of Penguin Random House Children’s UK, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Heide Lange at…

Week 7/20 – week ending 14 February

Lynda La Plante launches CSI podcast series Bonnier Books UK is launching a new podcast series, “Listening to the Dead”, with bestselling crime author Lynda La Plante and former Met detective Cass Sutherland. The series will explore the secrets of today’s real CSIs and will launch in late February. The series will be six episodes long, over the…

Week 6/20 – week ending 7 February

Barnes & Noble pulls Diverse Editions after backlash Barnes & Noble has pulled a series of classic novels reissued with “diverse” covers for Black History Month, after a furious backlash over the choice of books. The books, released in a partnership with Penguin Random House US through the retail chain’s Fifth Avenue store in New York,…

Week 5/20 – week ending 31 January

Amazon to receive £3.2m tax rebate after business rates appeal Amazon is set to receive a multi-million pound tax rebate following a legal row over business rates at its Rugeley warehouse in Staffordshire. The online retailer will receive a refund of around £3.2m as a result of changes to the rateable value of the warehouse…

Week 4/20 – week ending 24 January

DK unveils major brand redesign DK has unveiled a brand redesign, revealing it is updating its logo and introducing a new tagline – “For the curious”. The publisher also has “a new brand narrative”, declaring that DK “believes in the power of discovery”. “More than ever, DK is committed to creating beautiful and inspirational books,” said…

Week 3/20 – week ending 17 January

Audible to settle in Captions lawsuit Amazon’s audiobook company Audible has reached a settlement with a group of seven US publishers in the copyright lawsuit against the firm’s Captions programme, according to a letter from Audible’s legal team. Seven publishers launched a lawsuit in August 2019 against Audible’s Captions programme, which enables US customers to read…

Week 2/20 – week ending 10 January

2020 predictions: trade looks ahead   A boom in audio, a commitment to sustainability, challenges on the high street and a less London-centric publishing industry all in the shadow of Brexit. These are just some of the predictions for 2020 offered by senior figures across the book trade. C.e.o.’s of major publishing houses, retailers, indie…

Week 1/20 – week ending 3 January 2020

Review of the Year 2019: The Bestsellers With print books selling 191.6 million units for £1.66bn, 2019 became the print market’s fifth consecutive year of growth and its best since 2010 in value terms, according to Nielsen BookScan’s Total Consumer Market. Value rose 2.4% against 2018, with volume growing for a second year, by 0.5%.…