Saturday, May 06, 2017

Latest news from The Bookseller

Amazon's offer to remove its controversial "Most Favoured Nation" (MFN) clauses from its e-book contracts has been accepted and made legally binding by the European Commission.
Pearson has posted a 6% increase in first quarter underlying sales, in spite of the challenges it has been facing in the US education market.
Ed Christie
Ed Christie, UK sales director at Random House, is leaving the company after 28 years, following a shake-up of PRH's UK sales leadership team.
My Name is Leon by Kit de Waal (Viking), which was recently optioned by Lenny Henry's production company for television, has been shortlisted for 2017's £10,000 Desmond Elliott Prize.
Waterstones has appointed a new Welsh buyer, Tessa Roberts-Fear, to oversee buying for its Welsh branches.
Blackstaff Press
Northern Irish publishing company Colourpoint Creative Limited has bought Northern Ireland-based publisher Blackstaff Press from the Baird Group for an undisclosed sum.

Lit Wales
The Wales Book of the Year awards are to go ahead this year, following a review by administrator Literature Wales.
Orion is predicting the next lifestyle trend after "hygge" will be kindness, after acquiring two books on the topic: A Year of Surprising Acts of Kindness and The Little Book of Kindness.
War of the worlds
HG Wells' novel The War of the Worlds is being adapted for television for the first time as a three-part drama for BBC One. 
Hurst has signed a book probing the mind of French National Front leader Marine le Pen ahead of the French Elections. 


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