Bookseller Briefing 16/19 – week ending 19 April

Netflix ‘buys 50 literary projects in last year’ Netflix is reportedly on a book-buying spree, with around 50 literary works being turned into series projects. The company is ramping up its book-to-screen deals as it grows its global subscriber base of 139 million, according to Publishers Weekly. Over the past year the world’s largest online video streaming…

Bookseller Briefing 15/19 – week ending 12 April

W H Smith to cull backlist in new books strategy W H Smith plans to cull its backlist and build areas of growth such as children’s and lighter readers with a “forensic store by store focus on space management to optimise the returns from core categories.” A W H Smith spokeswoman told The Bookseller there are plans to “selectively…

Bookseller Briefing 14/19 – week ending 5 April

  James Daunt says pay row obscures ‘decent progress’ at Waterstones Waterstones managing director James Daunt has warned that the company’s future is not yet secure. It follows a public row over pay, with booksellers and authors petitioning for the retailer to pay its staff the real living wage. Waterstones also this week released its…

Bookseller Briefing 13/19 – week ending 29 March

  Pinch of Nom becomes fastest-selling non-fiction title recorded Kay Featherstone and Kate Allinson’s slimming cookbook Pinch of Nom (Bluebird), based on the authors’ food blog, has become the fastest-selling non-fiction title of the Nielsen BookScan era, selling a gastronomical 210,506 copies through its Total Consumer Market, beating Alex Ferguson’s My Autobiography (Hodder) in its first week on sale in…

Bookseller Briefing 12/19 – week ending 22 March

Northern Fiction Alliance and literary agency join forces to ‘demystify’ publishing A conference will be held in Manchester next month “demystifying” publishing and giving advice on landing a role in the industry. Organised by Comma Press, the Northern Fiction Alliance and The bks Agency, the ‘Get a Job in Publishing’ conference takes place on 27th…

Bookseller Briefing 11/19 – week ending 15 March

  Audio ‘booming’ with 13% growth last year Audiobooks are the fastest growing publishing format with 13% growth in 2018, according to Nielsen BookScan. Revealing the figures at The London Book Fair’s Quantum Conference, Nielsen said the audiobook boom is continuing with volume up 13% since 2017 and up 87% since 2014. Audiobooks now account…

Bookseller Briefing 10/19 – week ending 8 March

  Top 20 most influential banned books revealed Academic Book Week has revealed the 20 most influential banned books and launched a public vote to find the public’s number one. Selected by academic booksellers across the UK and Ireland in association with Index on Censorship, the public are now invited to vote on the most…

Bookseller Briefing 9/19 – week ending 1 March

  China crackdown on maps sparks major production delays A new censorship crackdown in China has led to Beijing officals checking all books being printed in the country for maps, causing delays of up to eight weeks for production teams and derailing launches for books featuring any kind of map. Chinese censors have long taken a…

Bookseller Briefing 8/19 – week ending 22 February

  Trade bodies welcome EU breakthrough on copyright rules The Society of Authors, the Publishers Association and Booksellers Association have welcomed the EU’s breakthrough on a new copyright directive that will produce the first major revamp of copyright rules in 18 years. The EU said the new deal will modernise copyright for the digital age. US technology…