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…

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Jane Austen’s bicentenary, Arundhati Roy’s first novel in 20 years, and unpublished F Scott Fitzgerald … the literary year ahead Clockwise from top left: Ali Smith, Martin Amis, Jane Austen, Paula Hawkins, Evan Davis, Rebecca Solnit, George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…

Bookseller Briefing 49 – week ending 9 December

Acknowledgements: The Bookseller Andrew Keen predicts ‘renaissance’ for publishers in post-truth age Society of Authors urges government to follow EU copyright law after Brexit New Beacon Books to close after 50 years Kew and Sheen bookshops sold to new order Pan Macmillan launches ‘Wrapped with Love’ Christmas campaign Investigation into post-truth to Biteback The Bookseller 100…

Bookseller Briefing 44/16 – week ending 4 November

Acknowledgements: The Bookseller   Guardian Bookshop sold to two employees UAE brings in National Law of Reading Lynda La Plante ‘steps back’ from ITV’s Prime Suspect production ‘Brexit’ is Collins’ Word of the Year 2016 Publisher protests as Amazon Japan cuts back its Kindle Unlimited offering After underestimating the ferocity of Japan’s manga fans, Amazon has…

Bookseller Briefing 28/16 – week ending 15 July

Acknowledgements: The Bookseller Retail sales down 0.5% in June Hachette to close LBS and build new ‘world class’ distribution centre London bookshops to offer one-hour delivery through Near Street Pearson UK ‘ahead of plan’ on 2016 job cuts Ordnance Survey colouring in book from LKP Ladybird colouring books from PRH Children’s Strength in depth sees print…

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…

Bookseller Briefing 27/16 – week ending 8 July

Acknowledgements: The Bookseller Publishers ready books on Brexit ‘inside story’ Author earnings could be hit by Brexit Amazon reveals customers’ 2016 book buying habits Amazon to create 1 000 new UK jobs Oxford University Press cuts 140 jobs globally   Penguin brand débuts in Germany Fifteen months after the Munich-based Verlagsgruppe Random House (VRH) announced ambitious…