Week 12/21 – week ending 19 March

Waterstones podcast goes behind the scenes of publishing Two new Waterstones podcast series, How We Made and This Is The Book, promise to take readers behind the scenes ‘to reveal the fascinating stories behind some of the most popular books of recent times as well as new favourites publishing this year.’ According to Waterstones: ‘From…

Week 11/21 – week ending 12 March

Calibre deal makes available audiobooks on smart speakers Calibre Audio, an audiobook charity, has struck a partnership with RealSAM to bring audiobooks to RealSam’s smart speaker for the visually impaired.  Subscribers to the platform will get access to CalibreAudio book releases, among them 3,000 audiobooks for children and young people. The range includes Key Stage…

Week 10/21 – week ending 5 March

Bookshop.org pool for indies passes £1m mark Bookshop (www.Bookshop.org) has passed the £1m mark in commissions raised for independent bookshops. The site began trading in the UK at the start of November. Bookshops receive funds from Bookshop.org through three channels. If they have their own pages at the site, they get 30% of the revenues…

Week 9/21 – week ending 26 February

Cornerstone merges William Heinemann and Hutchinson Conford is appointed publisher of Hutchinson Heinemann, #Merky and Random House Business Books, while Ailah Ahmed is appointed publishing director, Hutchinson Heinemann. New md of PRH’s Cornerstone Venetia Butterfield laid out her ‘vision for success and growth’ with a ‘strategic realignment’ announced this morning. The changes spell the end…

Week 8/21 – week ending 19 February

Hatchards online after 224 years Almost 225 years since John Hatchard first opened his bookshop’s doors in 1797, hatchards.co.uk launches to bring ‘the knowledge, expertise and reading recommendations for which Hatchards booksellers are renowned to a wider online audience. The new transactional site aims to mirror the Hatchards experience: beautiful books, beautifully sold.’ The announcement…

Week 7/21 – week ending 12 February

Bookcareers.com encourages: ‘pay it forward’ Bookcareers.com has launched a “pay it forward” initiative, encouraging past and current clients of the service to support careers consultations for those seeking roles in the book industry. Suzanne Collier, founder of bookcareers.com, said: “Just imagine what would happen to inclusivity in the industry if we could give everyone within…

Week 6/21 – week ending 5 February

New ‘dating app’ for books James Padolsey, founder of book recommendation service A Book Like Foo, has launched Love Your Shelf (loveyourshelf.net), a book “dating app”. Padolsey said: “Bookshelves have become a staple feature of lockdown, both in the backdrop of our video calls and as a place of comfort and joy when the world…

The Reading Agency – Reading Ahead

The need Research shows that when we inspire people to read for pleasure they benefit from far greater opportunities in everyday life, education and employment. However, one in six adults in the UK struggle to read. Reading Ahead is the gateway to these opportunities. The programme is designed to help people improve their reading skills…