Bookseller Briefing 21/18 – week ending 25 May

  Publishers urge government on e-book VAT ahead of crunch EU meeting Publishers are urging the UK government to support measures that would allow VAT to be removed on e-books, audiobooks and online newspaper and magazine subscriptions in the UK. At a European Union meeting today (25th May) taking place in Brussels, finance ministers will consider new proposals that would allow…

TV – The Guardian – Civilisations’ striking similarity to 1969 series signals slow evolution of arts TV

BBC offers spectacular global revamp of original, but with little change in its presentation Civilisations presenters David Olusoga, Mary Beard and Simon Scharma Contemplating an early statue in Civilisations, the BBC’s new art history series, Mary Beard observes that it “raises all sorts of questions about what a likeness is”. So does Civilisations itself. The show was…

Bookseller Briefing 9/18 – week ending 2 March

BBC’s ‘Today’ programme partners with Octopus Cassell Illustrated has signed a publishing partnership with BBC Radio 4’s “Today” programme, to publish the programme’s first official book along with two others. The partnership between the Octopus Publishing Group division and the early morning news programme will include three books. The Today Programme Puzzle Book which will publish on 6th…

TV – BBC – Cape Town – Mark Gatiss and Steve Pemberton join BBC Two’s Good Omens

Part of the joy as a writer is writing parts with specific actors in mind. Steve Pemberton was my only choice for Glozier and Harmony has to be Mark Gatiss, in a film noir interlude set in 1941…Neil Gaiman Date: 09.02.2018     Last updated: 09.02.2018 at 10.27 Category: BBC Two; Drama; Comedy; BBC Studios; Casting Good Omens, the forthcoming BBC Studios…

Radio and TV – BBC – Royal Collection Season

BBC One to tell the story of the symbols of the Coronation in a special new film announced as part of the Royal Collection Season As part of the Royal Collection Season across BBC television and radio, BBC One today announced The Coronation, an hour-long film revealing to new generations the compelling story of the…

Bookseller Briefing 47/17 – week ending 24 November

EIBF hails geo-blocking e-book ruling The European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) has praised proposals devised between European Parliament, the Commission and the Council which will ensure the geo-blocking regulation will not apply to e-books. The discussions, focused on the geo-blocking regulation, a technological protection where access to internet content is restricted based upon the…

Bookseller Briefing 45/17 – week ending 10 November

BBC launches first interactive audio story with Amazon Alexa The BBC has launched its first interactive audio story, a sci-fi comedy called “The Inspection Chamber”, available through Amazon Alexa. Referred to as “conversational radio” by the BBC, whose R&D team developed the story with production partner Rosina Sound, it will allow listeners to put themselves in the story by using their voice to play one…

Bookseller Briefing 36/17 – week ending 8 September

Booksellers lose business after AbeBooks.com goes down Indie booksellers around the world suffered lost income over the weekend when the Amazon-owned website AbeBooks.com went down for nearly two days. The “technical” failure meant booksellers trading on the online marketplace for new, secondhand and rare books could not make any sales and customers could not make any…