Week 47/20 – week ending 20 November

PA six-month figures: fiction and digital up, overall sales down Publishers Association (PA) figures for the first six months of 2020 have provided context and to some extent qualification to strong recent financial reports from Bloomsbury, Hachette, HarperCollins & Simon Schuster. While the publishers all posted rises in sales and profits, the PA has reported…

Week 46/20 – week ending 13 November

Indie bookshops respond to second lockdown Following the announcement of a second lockdown, independent bookshops had to close their physical doors again from Thursday 5 November. Thankfully, many are prepared for it, as a result of their experiences earlier in the year – and a number are also using Bookshop.org to boost sales. We talked…

Week 45/20 – week ending 6 November

Bookshop.org starts trading in the UK More than 150 independent bookshops have signed up to Bookshop.org, the independent-friendly online bookseller that began trading in the US earlier this year (see BookBrunch stories here and here). The number is a 50% increase on that reported by Bookshop.org founder Andy Hunter to the Independent Publishers Guild conference…

Week 44/20 – week ending 30 October

Royal Mint launches first children’s books The Royal Mint and Owlet Press have unveiled a new partnership to publish a series of children’s books bringing the story of the Tooth Fairy to life ‘and revealing her long-standing collaboration with the original coin maker.’ The deal, brokered by The Royal Mint and Samuel Langley-Swain, author and…

Week 43/20 – week ending 23 October

Bookswap launches in the UK       Estonian start-up BookSwap launches in the UK this month. Described as a ‘new, more sustainable way to enjoy reading’, the service enables people to swap the books they no longer want with other users. Founder Peeter Kruusvall said: “We all have tons of books in our homes.…

Week 42/20 – week ending 16 October

Between the Covers airs on BBC2 The first episode of Between the Covers, Cactus TV’s new book programme, aired on BBC2 on Friday evening (9 October). In the popular style of Cactus’ previous productions, among them the influential Richard and Judy Book Club, Between the Covers was hosted by broadcaster Sara Cox (right), and featured…

Week 41/20 – week ending 9 October

Carcanet ‘delighted’ as Louise Glück wins Nobel Prize for Literature   Poet Louise Glück has been announced as the recipient of the Nobel Prize for Literature 2020. Born in 1943 in New York, she now lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts, where alongside her writing she is a professor of English at Yale University. She debuted in…

Week 40/20 – week ending 2 October

Booker moves prizegiving to avoid Obama clash The 2020 Booker Prize winner announcement will now take place from the Roundhouse on Thursday 19 November, rather than on the previously announced date of 17 November. This decision has been taken to avoid a clash with the publication of Barack Obama’s memoirs, A Promised Land (Viking). Gaby…

Week 39/20 – week ending 25 September

Britannica Books launches in October New reference imprint Britannica Books is launching on 1 October 2020 with the Britannica All New Children’s Encyclopaedia, edited by Christopher Lloyd. It is the first encyclopaedia printed with Encyclopaedia Britannica in a generation, and is followed by 5-Minute Really True Stories for Bedtime, released in illustrated hardback and audiobook…