Bookseller Briefing 30/17 – week ending 28 July

SoA criticises removal of BBC radio quotas for drama The removal of quotas for radio comedy, drama and readings will have a “significant impact” on the Society of Authors’ members, the organisation has said. As part of its Operating Licence for the BBC, Ofcom – the regulatory authority for the broadcasting industry – has removed…

Bookseller Briefing 20/17 – week ending 19 May

McEwan: Brexit has stirred the lowest human impulses Author Ian McEwan last week likened the UK to “a depressed teenage self-harmer” in a speech to remain supporters in Westminster on Brexit. Not mincing his words, he said the EU referendum had stirred in the nation “the lowest human impulses, from the small-minded to the mean-spirited to the murderous”. According to the…

Bookseller Briefing 18/17 – week ending 5 May

Kobo brings out new version of waterproof Aura Kobo is releasing a new e-reader, the Kobo Aura H2O – Edition 2, which it says has transformed the best features of the Kobo Aura One into a lighter and smaller size device. It will also be cheaper at £149.99. The reader has the same overall design as the Aura One, including the…

Bookseller Briefing 16/17 – week ending 21 April

Macmillan backs Bill O’Reilly after Fox News sacking American TV host Bill O’Reilly’s US publisher Macmillan is to stick by him after he was sacked from his Fox News talk show following the revelation that he has settled several sexual harassment cases. O’Reilly left his show The O’Reilly Factor yesterday (19th April) which he has…

Bookseller Briefing 13/17 – week ending 31 March

Authors offered $5k to join Amazon’s Prime Reading Amazon US is offering authors $5,000 upfront in lieu of royalties to incorporate their books into its unlimited reading programme for Prime members. Prime Reading, an “all-you-can-eat” service for Amazon’s US Prime members, provides unlimited reading from a “curated, rotating” selection of Kindle books, magazines and comics, chosen by Amazon Books’ editorial team, at no…

Bookseller Briefing 05/17 – week ending 3 February

Amazon to fund legal challenge to Trump travel ban Ruby wax features in first Rough Guide podcast Waterstones back in the black after five years Lion Hudson makes 35 redundant Oxford-based Christian publisher Lion Hudson has made almost two thirds of its staff redundant and submitted a notice of intent to appoint administrators. Managing director Suzanne Wilson-Higgins, who took…