Week 38/20 – week ending 18 September

Americans dominate Booker shortlist The shortlist for the 2020 Booker was revealed at lunchtime today, with five American or American-based authors on the six-strong list, which also features four debuts. The full shortlist is: – Diane Cook (USA) with The New Wilderness (Oneworld Publications) – Tsitsi Dangarembga (Zimbabwe) with This Mournable Body (Faber & Faber)…

Week 37/20 – week ending 11 September

ITV News to publish coronavirus reportage ITV News is to publish on 1 October Reporting Coronavirus: Personal Reflections on a Global Crisis (£18.99 hb and ebook). The book will include 59 essays by 56 ITV News journalists. The reports in the book will come from hotspots including Wuhan in China, care homes and intensive care…

Roving Report – ios 13.7 “… [Covid] contact tracing on iPhone without having to download a separate health department app …” [9to5Mac]

Rolling out first with iOS 13.7 and coming soon to Android 6.0+, Exposure Notification Express uses Bluetooth to determine which devices have been in close proximity for a certain amount of time. pcmag: Apple, Google Push ‘Express’ COVID-19 Exposure Alerts Acknowledgements: 9to5Mac, The Independent, Business Insider South Africa, Forbes, PC Mag UK, CNBC, The Verge…

Week 36/20 – week ending 4 September

Lockdown book buying: how many, and where? With many people working from home since March, and with most bookshops closed until the beginning of June, have book trade staff been buying more books than usual – and if so, where from? The respondents to our book buying and reading survey (all of whom had been…

Week 35/20 – week ending 28 August

DK launches travel podcast for Covid era             DK Eyewitness launches today (27 August) “Where To Go”, designed to be a travel podcast for the Covid era. The hosts are James Atkinson and Lucy Richards, joined by experts on the places they discuss. Georgina Dee, publishing director at DK Eyewitness,…

Week 34/20 – week ending 21 August

Lockdown: three quarters prefer working from home With publishers beginning to reopen their offices, and many more planning a return to work in September, what do staff feel about returning to the office, and how have they been coping with working from home? Over 100 people took our online survey, of whom 95% would normally…

Week 33/20 – week ending 14 August

Women writers freed in ‘Reclaim her Name’ collection             The collection, to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Women’s Prize For Fiction, sees 25 novels re-released in e-book format for free, ‘championing female writers throughout the ages who faced sexism and prejudice, previously publishing their work under male pseudonyms.’ The…

Week 32/20 – week ending 7 August

OUP prepares World’s Classics Orwell editions             OUP has announced its World’s Classics editions of titles by George Orwell, whose work comes out of copyright at the end of this year, 70 years after his death in 1950. Orwell’s exclusive paperback publisher until now has been Penguin. The editions have…

Week 31/20 – week ending 31 July

BA takes over Bertrams’ Booktime The Booksellers Association (BA) has taken on publication of Booktime magazine, wholesaler Bertrams’ book magazine for consumers. The BA’s first edition of the magazine will be out in October. Bertrams went into administration in June, with rival wholesaler Gardners acquiring its assets in July.  The BA had already taken over…