Week 37/21 – week ending 10 September

New branding for OUP Oxford University Press (OUP) has introduced new branding, designed to be part of its drive to become a digital-first business and to “enhance its aim to make knowledge and learning more accessible through the power of technology”. OUP’s initiatives during the pandemic have included a virtual hub of Covid-19 research that…

Week 36/21 – week ending 3 September

Save Our Books: ‘up to 64%’ of publishers’ revenues at risk The Publishers Association (PA) has released further data in support of its Save Our Books campaign to stop the parallel importation of books following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. Research among PA members has suggested that up to 64% of publishers’ book revenue…

Week 35/21 – week ending 27 August

Welcome back to the office: there’s been a murder Crime writer Fiona Sherlock, whose virtual murder mysteries have been played by more than 20,000 people during the pandemic, has launched Murder on the Second Floor, a game centring on an office murder but designed to welcome staff back to office working. The aim is to…

Week 34/21 – week ending 20 August

The BookBrunch Interview: Jeremy Neate, head of research and international development, Nielsen BookScan It’s hard to imagine the UK book trade, or any commercial trade today for that matter, operating successfully without sales and data monitoring (SDM) services. Forbes called our era “the age of analytics”, and the pandemic, which forced almost everyone to socialise…

Week 33/21 – week ending 13 August

Picador confirms new Kate Clanchy edition Picador has confirmed that Kate Clanchy is to update her book Some Kids I Taught and What They Taught Me, following criticisms of racist and ableist language in the original version of the book. The latest statement from the publisher and author announces:  ‘Kate Clanchy is extremely sorry for…

Week 32/21 – week ending 6 August

Ishiguro, Mantel, Evaristo, Pullman among thousands backing Save Our Books More than 2,500 authors have put their names to a letter to the Sunday Times as part of the Save Our Books campaign, launched in an effort to maintain the “copyright exhaustion” principle. The paper also ran a news story about the campaign. Exhaustion of…

Week 31/21 – week ending 30 July

Booker: Ishiguro leads contenders, PRH and Faber dominate longlist Nobel laureate and Booker winner Kazuo Ishiguro, debut novelist and Women’s Prize-shortlisted Patricia Lockwood, and British/Somali novelist Nadifa Mohamed are among the authors longlisted for the 2021 Booker Prize. Penguin Random House is the publisher of six of the titles, and Faber of three. Three further…

Week 30/21 – week ending 23 July

Regional Accents Report reveals ‘accentism’ in publishing A study by Bath Spa University publishing graduating students has revealed that 67.2% of participants who work in the book industry feel that their accents have made others act differently towards them. Lily Filipe and Courtney Jefferies created the Regional Accents Report in association with James Spackman of…

Week 29/21 – week ending 16 July

New book cover material is made from ocean plastic Basel-based Winter & Company is marketing a product called Toile Ocean, billed as eco-friendly fabric suitable for book covers. Toile Ocean is woven mainly from recycled ocean plastic. Winter & Co is producing it in collaboration with fellow Basel-based company tide ocean SA (#tide). Winter &…