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 19/19 – week ending 10 May

PRH tight-lipped on Obama delay report Penguin Random House has declined to make any public comment on a press report that Barack Obama’s post-White House memoir has been pushed back until 2020. At the Bertelsmann annual results press conference in March, PRH c.e.o. Markus Dohle reiterated that he “hoped” the book would be out this autumn, following…

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 49/18 – week ending 7 December

Failure to protect exhaustion rights ‘will fatally undermine UK publishing’, warns Trollope Novelist Joanna Trollope has warned that Theresa May’s government will “fatally undermine the whole UK publishing industry” if it fails to protect in law the UK position on exhaustion rights ahead of a major Brexit vote next week. Trollope joined fellow authors Linda…

Bookseller Briefing 36/18 – week ending 7 September

South African publishers investigated for alleged price-fixing The Publishers’ Association of South Africa (PASA) and its 91 members are under investigation by the country’s competition authority over alleged price-fixing on books. PASA, which is the largest publishing industry body in South Africa, comprises publishers including the South African branches of international publishers Oxford University Press, Taylor…

Bookseller Briefing 12/18 – week ending 23 March

Publishers take on planet’s ‘plastic pandemic’ Two more publishers are wading into the market for books educating the public about plastic’s ruinous impact on the environment and what humanity can do to help clean up its act. Ebury has revealed it is releasing an “eco-friendly” guide in May by Martin Dorey, founder of international anti-plastic movement the…

Bookseller Briefing 7/18 – week ending 16 February

Macmillan celebrates 175 years of publishing Macmillan is celebrating 175 years of publishing in 2018 with an initiative for independent booksellers, roundtable events and the reissue of “one of the most successful anthologies in literary history”. The publisher is using the anniversary, marking the founding of the company by brothers Daniel and Alexander Macmillan in…

UK Books – The Bookseller – Penguin Random House, National Union of Journalists and Unite

‘Bewilderment’ among staff as PRH derecognises unions Published December 19, 2016 by Benedicte Page Penguin Random House has derecognised the National Union of Journalists and Unite for collective bargaining with its management. The move, which breaks a particularly strong history of good relations between unions and management on the Penguin side of the business, is…

US Books – The Guardian – Bad Little Children’s Books satire pulled following racism accusations

Collection of pastiche illustrations, which declares itself ‘shamelessly offensive’, has been withdrawn from sale after Twitter storm Sick humour … Bad Little Children’s Books cover. Photograph: Abrams Books Danuta Kean Tuesday 6 December 2016 The author of a parody collection of children’s book covers from “more innocent times”, has asked for his book to be…