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…

Bookseller Briefing 13/19 – week ending 29 March

  Pinch of Nom becomes fastest-selling non-fiction title recorded Kay Featherstone and Kate Allinson’s slimming cookbook Pinch of Nom (Bluebird), based on the authors’ food blog, has become the fastest-selling non-fiction title of the Nielsen BookScan era, selling a gastronomical 210,506 copies through its Total Consumer Market, beating Alex Ferguson’s My Autobiography (Hodder) in its first week on sale in…

Bookseller Briefing 12/19 – week ending 22 March

Northern Fiction Alliance and literary agency join forces to ‘demystify’ publishing A conference will be held in Manchester next month “demystifying” publishing and giving advice on landing a role in the industry. Organised by Comma Press, the Northern Fiction Alliance and The bks Agency, the ‘Get a Job in Publishing’ conference takes place on 27th…

Bookseller Briefing 11/19 – week ending 15 March

  Audio ‘booming’ with 13% growth last year Audiobooks are the fastest growing publishing format with 13% growth in 2018, according to Nielsen BookScan. Revealing the figures at The London Book Fair’s Quantum Conference, Nielsen said the audiobook boom is continuing with volume up 13% since 2017 and up 87% since 2014. Audiobooks now account…

Bookseller Briefing 2/19 – week ending 11 January

International sales ‘increasingly important in 2019’, predict publishers Publishers will increasingly look to international territories for growth this year in the face of a stable but flat domestic market, according to industry leaders giving The Bookseller their predictions for what 2019 holds for the trade. Yet paradoxically the terms of many international trading relationships are currently uncertain…

Bookseller Briefing 15/18 – week ending 13 April

Waterstones sale expected to complete this month The sale of Waterstones to hedge fund Elliott Advisors is likely to close at the end of this month, The Booksellerunderstands. The looming deal has caused a delay in increasing the pay of senior booksellers, after junior staff saw their salaries rise with the increase in the National Minimum Wage. A…

Roving Report – UK – HM Government – Brexit White Paper

The United Kingdom’s exit from and new partnership with the European Union   The_United_Kingdom’s_exit_from_and_partnership_with_the_EU_Web HM Government – Publications The Guardian Brexit white paper: key points explained All you need to know about the government’s outline for how the UK plans to leave the EU David Davis publishes Brexit white paper – Politics live A pedestrian…

UK Books – The Guardian – Books in 2017: a literary calendar

Jane Austen’s bicentenary, Arundhati Roy’s first novel in 20 years, and unpublished F Scott Fitzgerald … the literary year ahead Clockwise from top left: Ali Smith, Martin Amis, Jane Austen, Paula Hawkins, Evan Davis, Rebecca Solnit, George Osborne, Richard Rogers, Hari Kunzru, Arundhati Roy, Yanis Varoufakis, Attica Locke. Photograph: Getty/Alamy/the Guardian/BBC/Reuters/AFP/AGF/REX/Shutterstock The Guardian Saturday 7…

Roving Report – Brexit and UK consumer confidence

Acknowledgements : GfK UK Consumer confidence dives post-Brexit London, 08.07.2016 Get in touch with us London, 8 July 2016 – In a one-off special GfK Consumer Confidence Barometer (CCB) to measure post-referendum sentiment, the core Index has fallen 8 points to -9. All of the key measures used to calculate the Index have fallen. This…