Bookseller Briefing 25/19 – week ending 21 June

Wolf book postponed in US as Virago holds firm Publication of Naomi Wolf’s latest book has been postponed in the US following “new questions” about its contents but UK publisher Virago is standing by its publication. Wolf was initially alerted to errors in Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalisation of Love during an appearance on BBC Radio 3…

Bookseller Briefing 23/19 – week ending 7 June

New Booker branding as Crankstart sponsorship begins Crankstart has officially taken over as supporter of the Booker Prize, ending 18 years of sponsorship by The Man Group. The charitable foundation, run by Silicon Valley venture capitalist Sir Michael Moritz and his wife, Harriet Heyman, was announced in February as the prize’s new sponsor in a five-year deal.…

Bookseller Briefing 22/19 – week ending 31 May

Virago to make ‘any necessary corrections’ to Naomi Wolf book Virago says it stands by Naomi Wolf and the thesis for her book but will make “any necessary corrections” after she was accused on the BBC of misunderstanding a key legal term. The author appeared on Radio 3 to discuss Outrages: Sex, Censorship and the Criminalisation…

Bookseller Briefing 21/19 – week ending 24 May

Publishers split on value of sensitivity readers following Boyne criticism Many publishing insiders have praised the use of “sensitivity readers” in children’s and YA books, however two authors who used them or similar services in recent months were still criticised for transphobia and cultural appropriation. Sensitivity reading can be defined as readers from specific backgrounds,…

Bookseller Briefing 20/19 – week ending 17 May

Export ban on judge’s copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover In a rare move, the Government is appealing for a buyer to pay £56,250 for the obscenity trial judge’s copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover to stop it leaving the country. The 1960 edition of D H Lawrence’s novel was sold at auction for the huge sum to an anonymous…

Bookseller Briefing 19/19 – week ending 10 May

PRH tight-lipped on Obama delay report Penguin Random House has declined to make any public comment on a press report that Barack Obama’s post-White House memoir has been pushed back until 2020. At the Bertelsmann annual results press conference in March, PRH c.e.o. Markus Dohle reiterated that he “hoped” the book would be out this autumn, following…

Bookseller Briefing 18/19 – week ending 3 May

Young people who engage less with reading prefer screens, says NLT report Print is still the preferred medium for young people but digital formats are growing in popularity amongst those who engage less with reading, according to a new report. According to ‘Children, Young People and Digital Reading’, compiled by the National Literacy Trust (NLT) for…

Bookseller Briefing 17/19 – week ending 26 April

PRH US launches Reader Loyalty Programme Penguin Random House in the US has launched a ‘Reader Rewards Loyalty Program’, a free promotional initiative that lets readers earn one free book for every 12 PRH titles they purchase. Sanyu Dillon, executive v.p. and director of marketing strategy and consumer engagement, said that the publisher’s research “shows…

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…