Bookseller Briefing 48/17 – week ending 1 December

Newspaper investigation reveals ‘intolerable’ working conditions at Amazon warehouse “Exhausted” staff at Amazon are being taken away in ambulances and falling asleep on their feet due to intense pressure to meet warehouse targets, an investigation by the Mirror has claimed. Alan Selby, an undercover reporter for the newspaper, spent five weeks in the online retailer’s newest warehouse in Tilbury,…

Bookseller Briefing 28/17 – week ending 14 July

  Christie’s ‘secret’ letters to HarperCollins set to be revealed The secret history between Agatha Christie and her long-standing publisher, HarperCollins, is being revealed as part of a new exhibition celebrating the company’s 200th anniversary. The “candid photographs” and “touching letters” unearthed from the Glasgow archive show Christie and William or ‘Billy’ Collins, former chairman…

Bookseller Briefing 27/17 – week ending 7 July

HarperCollins and Tolkien estate settle £62m lawsuit against Warner Bros The estate of J R R Tolkien and HarperCollins have settled a $80m (£62m) lawsuit against Warner Bros over the licensing of online games, apps, slot machines and other types of gambling merchandise based on The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings following a five-year dispute, Warner Bros has…

Bookseller Briefing 24/17 – week ending 16 June

PRH launches ‘inclusion tracker’ to measure diversity Penguin Random House UK is launching an “Inclusion Tracker” to measure the diversity of its authors and staff in the pursuit of a new company-wide goal to “reflect UK society by 2025”. The aim is to bring the composition of its authors and staff into line with that of UK society, in terms of social…

Bookseller Briefing 10/17 – Week ending 10 March

Daunt slams ‘crushing consistency’ in chain bookselling Waterstones m.d. James Daunt yesterday (2nd March) emphasised the necessity of giving power to individual store managers in bookshop chains, calling the “crushing” consistency exemplified by chain stores like W H Smith “god awful”. Daunt’s comments were made during the Monocle Media Summit at the Hyatt Regency London, a celebration…

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,…