Bookseller Briefing 35/17 – week ending 1 September

Usborne apologises after puberty book sparks social media backlash Usborne Publishing has apologised and will revise the content of one of its books after it suggested that girls have breasts “to look grown-up and attractive”. Growing Up for Boys was published in 2013 but readers have only recently voiced their outrage for the children’s guide to puberty…

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 02/17 – week ending 13 January

Man Booker 2017 opens for submissions ‘Basil Fawlty of booksellers’ defends 50p entry fee  PRH to sell Penguin Singapore and Malaysia for £4.5m Brexit book to be sent to all UK politicians Emerald Publishing delves into archives to mark 50th anniversary Indies report strong Christmas sales despite economic uncertainty The majority of independent bookshops saw…

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Collection of pastiche illustrations, which declares itself ‘shamelessly offensive’, has been withdrawn from sale after Twitter storm Sick humour … Bad Little Children’s Books cover.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…