Week 40/19 – week ending 4 October

Bristol University to house historic copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover Bristol University will house a copy of Lady Chatterley’s Lover that once belonged to Sir Laurence Byrne, the judge who presided over the landmark 1960 obscenity case, keeping the historic edition in the UK. In May, the government slapped an export ban on the book and English PEN…

Bookseller Briefing 27/19 – week ending 5 July

Publishing ‘sleepwalking into oblivion’ over library e-book lending barriers, says librarian The book world is “sleepwalking into oblivion” if there are not changes to the terms under which e-books are made available to libraries, a chief librarian has warned. In recent weeks, the US has seen a number of controversies on the issue, including a demand…

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 4/19 – week ending 25 January

The Bookseller acquires BookGig website from HarperCollins BookGig, the publisher-agnostic website dedicated to book events, launched by HarperCollins in October 2016, has been acquired by The Bookseller. BookGig helps readers connect with their favourite authors by listing book related events for as many different authors and genres as possible.  Since launch, BookGig has featured thousands of events across…

Bookseller Briefing 18/18 – week ending 4 May

  Clays sold to Italian printers Elcograf Suffolk-based book printers Clays has been bought by Italian printers Elcograf S.p.A for £23.8m. No redundancies will follow the acquisition, and the senior management team will remain as it is, Clays managing director Paul Hulley told The Bookseller. The sale of Clays, a 200-year-old business and the largest single-site manufacturer of printed monochrome books for…

BITM – Tom Adams Uncovered

Tom Adams and John Curran | Tom Adams Uncovered | HarperCollins 9780008113797 | hbk | £25 | 27 Aug The Agatha Christie covers painted by Tom Adams constitutes probably the most famous body of paperback art ever produced by a single artist. Between A Murder Is Announced in 1962 and Miss Marple’s Final Cases in…

Books UK – Authonomy to close at the end of September

  A Message from Authonomy It is with great sadness that we must announce the closure of Authonomy. We created Authonomy in 2008 as a way of discovering new talent by throwing open our doors to unagented, aspiring writers, and asking likeminded writers and readers to help us discover and champion great work. Through Authonomy,…