Friday, January 13, 2017

Latest from The Bookseller

David Walliams and Tony Ross
Familiar faces fill the top of the illustrator chart, with backlist a big factor, but some lesser-known artists show signs they could break into the big time.
Vintage is launching a new series, Vintage Minis, designed to celebrate the publisher’s extensive backlist by turning snippets from great contemporary and classic writers into small but compelling titles on "big" subjects, such as death, eating and love. 
While the majority of independent bookshops are not yet seeing any Brexit affect, some are already starting to see costs rise, retailers have told The Bookseller.
Writers Resist London are joining other authors worldwide in reaffirming their commitment to a tolerant and diverse society in the wake of Donald Trump's presidency. 
The week after Christmas is the e-book equivalent of the week prior to it in print: all those newly unwrapped e-readers and a whole week off to lie on the sofa and eat chocolate coins makes the last week of December prime digital-book-buying territory, akin to the mid-summer surge propelled by “e” beach reads.
A bestseller linking Japan’s conservative government and prime minister Shinzo Abe with an ultra-right lobby group seeking Japan’s return to pre-war values and remilitarisation has had its sales suspended by a court order in Tokyo.

The BBC plans to air a “poignant and humorous” documentary about author Sir Terry Pratchett as well an Imagine programme on Maya Angelou.
A 50-minute documentary entitled "Terry Pratchett: Back in Black" will run in early to mid February (yet to be confirmed), telling the bestselling author’s story from his troubled school days to becoming a successful author, with the help of Neil Gaiman, Val McDermid and his assistant and business manager Rob Wilkins.
Simon & Schuster US
Children’s authors published by Simon & Schuster US have protested against the company releasing a book by controversial figure Milo Yiannopoulos.
Amazon has plans to create more than 100,000 new full-time jobs across the US by 2018.
Helen Bailey
The brother of children’s author Helen Bailey has given evidence at her murder trial.
David Nicholls
David Nicholls has been announced as ambassador for this year’s London Book and Screen Week, taking place 13th-19th March 2017. 

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