BITM – Man Booker Prize 2017 – Shortlist

Man Booker prize 2017: shortlist makes room for debuts alongside big names George Saunders, Fiona Mozley and Emily Fridlund are nominated for their first novels, alongside new books from Ali Smith and Paul Auster The 2017 shortlist (l-r): Fiona Mozley, Mohsin Hamid, Ali Smith, George Saunders, Emily Fridlund and Paul Auster. Composite: The Guardian Alison…

Bookseller Briefing 36/17 – week ending 8 September

Booksellers lose business after AbeBooks.com goes down Indie booksellers around the world suffered lost income over the weekend when the Amazon-owned website AbeBooks.com went down for nearly two days. The “technical” failure meant booksellers trading on the online marketplace for new, secondhand and rare books could not make any sales and customers could not make any…

Bookseller Briefing 35/17 – week ending 1 September

Usborne apologises after puberty book sparks social media backlash Usborne Publishing has apologised and will revise the content of one of its books after it suggested that girls have breasts “to look grown-up and attractive”. Growing Up for Boys was published in 2013 but readers have only recently voiced their outrage for the children’s guide to puberty…

Bookseller Briefing 34/17 – week ending 25 August

Australia to tax online overseas book orders Australia will reportedly begin a 10% tax on books ordered online from within Australia and shipped from abroad. Beginning in July 2018, the new regulation follows lobbying from the country’s retailers and the Australian Booksellers Association according to Publishers Weekly. The trade body has argued that its members are…

Bookseller Briefing 33/17 – week ending 18 August

Pressure mounts on book review coverage Pressure is continuing on book review coverage, with the axing of half the Press Association’s output, and some women’s magazines scrapping their dedicated books editor role, The Bookseller has been told. However, there is cause for optimism, with the Times Literary Supplement showing vastly improved sales, the White Review embarking on paid review space online, and a…

Bookseller Briefing 32/17 – week ending 11 August

Amazon UK Services sales soar but corporation tax payments halve Turnover at Amazon’s UK Services arm soared past £1bn for the first time in 2016, accounts filed on Companies House have revealed. However, its corporation tax payments halved to £7.4m after investment in its warehouses and distribution sent operating profit tumbling by over 50%. The…