Week 35/21 – week ending 27 August

Welcome back to the office: there’s been a murder Crime writer Fiona Sherlock, whose virtual murder mysteries have been played by more than 20,000 people during the pandemic, has launched Murder on the Second Floor, a game centring on an office murder but designed to welcome staff back to office working. The aim is to…

Week 34/21 – week ending 20 August

The BookBrunch Interview: Jeremy Neate, head of research and international development, Nielsen BookScan It’s hard to imagine the UK book trade, or any commercial trade today for that matter, operating successfully without sales and data monitoring (SDM) services. Forbes called our era “the age of analytics”, and the pandemic, which forced almost everyone to socialise…

Week 33/21 – week ending 13 August

Picador confirms new Kate Clanchy edition Picador has confirmed that Kate Clanchy is to update her book Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, following criticisms of racist and ableist language in the original version of the book. The latest statement from the publisher and author announces:  ‘Kate Clanchy is extremely sorry for…

Week 32/21 – week ending 6 August

Ishiguro, Mantel, Evaristo, Pullman among thousands backing Save Our Books More than 2,500 authors have put their names to a letter to the Sunday Times as part of the Save Our Books campaign, launched in an effort to maintain the “copyright exhaustion” principle. The paper also ran a news story about the campaign. Exhaustion of…

Week 31/21 – week ending 30 July

Booker: Ishiguro leads contenders, PRH and Faber dominate longlist Nobel laureate and Booker winner Kazuo Ishiguro, debut novelist and Women’s Prize-shortlisted Patricia Lockwood, and British/Somali novelist Nadifa Mohamed are among the authors longlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize. Penguin Random House is the publisher of six of the titles, and Faber of three. Three further…

Week 30/21 – week ending 23 July

Regional Accents Report reveals ‘accentism’ in publishing A study by Bath Spa University publishing graduating students has revealed that 67.2% of participants who work in the book industry feel that their accents have made others act differently towards them. Lily Filipe and Courtney Jefferies created the Regional Accents Report in association with James Spackman of…

Week 29/21 – week ending 16 July

New book cover material is made from ocean plastic Basel-based Winter & Company is marketing a product called Toile Ocean, billed as eco-friendly fabric suitable for book covers. Toile Ocean is woven mainly from recycled ocean plastic. Winter & Co is producing it in collaboration with fellow Basel-based company tide ocean SA (#tide). Winter &…

Roving Report – New Zimbabwe $50 note

Zimbabwe Introduces New $50 Note in Economy Devastated by COVID-19 MARYLAND —  The Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ) says it will introduce new fifty dollar notes tomorrow [7 July] in a bid to ease transactions for the banking public. In a statement posted on its website, RBZ Governor John Mangudya said, “The Bank shall release…

Week 28/21 – week ending 9 July

Publishers embrace hybrid working despite Government encouraging return to offices Bloomsbury ceo Nigel Newton (pictured) said: “The last sixteen months have permanently changed the way we plan to work in the future, given the success of the flexibility afforded by working from home, and we hope that a future hybrid of working in the office…

Week 27/21 – week ending 2 July

Lit in Colour research highlights under-representation in the curriculum More than 80% of young people responding to a survey carried out by Penguin and the Runnymede Trust, partners in the Lit in Colour initiative, have said that they cannot recall studying a book by a Black, Asian or minority ethnic author. The research drew on…