Bookseller Briefing 50/18 – week ending 14 December

  No real news this week other than the usual: individuals changing jobs in the UK publishing industry and publishers’ rather hyperbolic announcements of new book acquisitions. With one exception: using the headline ‘The book that changed history’, The Bookseller  is now publishing (for the first time, to my knowledge) sponsor content within its Morning Briefing…

Bookseller Briefing 49/18 – week ending 7 December

Failure to protect exhaustion rights ‘will fatally undermine UK publishing’, warns Trollope Novelist Joanna Trollope has warned that Theresa May’s government will “fatally undermine the whole UK publishing industry” if it fails to protect in law the UK position on exhaustion rights ahead of a major Brexit vote next week. Trollope joined fellow authors Linda…

Roving Report – The Guardian – Huawei CFO arrested in Canada on suspicion of violating US sanctions

Cell C gets funding from ZTE and Huawei MTN’s network in South Africa is 50% Huawei Openserve and Huawei join forces  Vodacom Launches first live NarrowBand IoT Network in Africa Meng Wanzhou faces extradition to the US as Asian shares plunge amid fears of worsening relations between Washington and Beijing Canada has arrested Huawei’s global chief…

UK Books – The Independent – Enid Blyton 50 years on: Let’s be more critical about books venerated in the past

In 2008, Blyton was voted Britain’s best-loved author. But we should remember that sexism, racism, snobbery and xenophobia all featured in her children’s books, says Ceri Radford Half a century has passed since Enid Blyton died on 28 November 1968, fading out of a world that was changing alarmingly from the sunlit chauvinism of her stories. She left…

English – The Telegraph – Capitalised words should not be used on university assignments for fear of worrying students, memo advises

Capitalised words should not be used when setting assignments because it can worry students, university lecturers have been told. Academics at Leeds Trinity were sent advised to “write in a helpful, warm tone, avoiding officious language and negative instructions”. According to a staff memo aimed at “enhancing student understanding, engagement and achievement”, capitalising a word…

Bookseller Briefing 47/18 – week ending 23 November

  Continued audio growth for big publishers as new players enter market Audiobook sales are continuing to rocket, with a number of the biggest publishers in the space confirming they are still experiencing “strong double-digit growth” year on year. HarperCollins revealed it is still seeing “strong double-digit growth across the board”. While backlist audio sales…