Week 43 – week ending 25 October

Audible partners with Uber on stories for stressed passengers Audible has partnered with Uber to launch in-app short stories to help stressed passengers find a “literary escape” on their journey. The app will host seven free Audible Originals audio stories from authors including Joanne Harris, Daisy Johnson and Parker Bilal during travellers’ Uber rides from…

Week 42/19 – week ending 18 October

Publishers braced for potential no-deal Brexit Even as the British government and the European Union wrangle on a withdrawal agreement, UK publishers have begun warning staff of the dire consequences of a no-deal Brexit, fearing it could lead to book stock being held up at ports, paper supply to UK printers threatened, and a fall…

BITM – BBC News – “Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo [become the first authors to] share Booker Prize”

FAKE NEWS*!!! Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo have become the first authors* to jointly win the Booker Prize for Fiction. Atwood’s The Testaments and Evaristo’s novel Girl, Woman, Other earned each author an equal share of the £50,000 prize. Atwood, 79, is the oldest ever Booker winner, while Evaristo is the first black woman to…

Week 40/19 – week ending 4 October

Bristol University to house historic copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover Bristol University will house a copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover that once belonged to Sir Laurence Byrne, the judge who presided over the landmark 1960 obscenity case, keeping the historic edition in the UK. In May, the government slapped an export ban on the book and English PEN…

Week 39/19 – week ending 27 September

Publishers report ‘pause’ on US authors in China The Bookseller has heard from multiple sources that Chinese publishers are currently having difficulties getting ISBNs to publish books written by US authors, after buying the rights from UK or US houses. ISBNs are allocated by the state in China, presenting a way for the administration to regulate…

Week 38/19 – week ending 20 September

OUP investigates possible update to definition of ‘woman’ Oxford University Press editors are investigating a possible update to its definition of “woman”, after an online petition, which has almost 30,000 signatures, branded the definitions used as “sexist” and urged the publisher to change its definition in various publications. OUP said its “dictionaries reflect rather than dictate how language is…

Bookseller Briefing 36/19 – week ending 6 September

Booker Prize shortlist revealed The Booker Prize shortlist has been revealed with Margaret Atwood and Salman Rushdie in the running for the £50,000 prize. Atwood’s The Testaments (Chatto & Windus), which will be published on Tuesday 10th September, faces competition from fellow former winner Rushdie with Quichotte (Jonathan Cape) in the first year the prize has been sponsored by charitable…

Radio – BBC Radio 2 Beatles

BBC Radio 2 will celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Beatles’ Abbey Road album with RADIO 2 BEATLES, a four-day pop-up DAB radio station. It will feature programmes fronted by Gary Barlow, John Bishop, Martin Freeman, Guy Garvey, Dave Grohl, Giles Martin, Cerys Matthews, Paul Merton and many more hosting shows along with Radio 2…