Bookshops are safe havens
when the world sometimes seems bleak. And they continue to make themselves a vital part of their communities
UK publishers have been discussing the EU Referendum vote and what Brexit could mean
for the industry. In the shorter term, here are some reading suggestions
for the Brexit blues. Theresa May
has warned Amazon and Google on tax avoidance, and has appointed Karen Bradley
as the new Culture Secretary.
The publication of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child looks
like being the biggest book event of the year. Meanwhile, can Harry Potter thwart Donald Trump’s
More books are being adapted for the large and small screens: Les Miserables
, The Wee Free Men
, The Spy Who Came in from the Cold
, Chronicles of Amber
and possibly Harry Potter 8
has refurbished its flagship store in Dublin, and Irish chain Eason
is back in profit.
The Man Booker
longlist has been announced but there is criticism that it lacks diversity
. Clare Mackintosh
won the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Blackwell's
has named Mary Beard's SPQR as its Book of the Year 2016. This is the Guardian’s Children’s Fiction Prize
longlist, and Judith Kerr
has been named BookTrust Lifetime Achievement Award Winner, 2016.
In ‘what happens in the US is bound to happen here’ news: ebook sales
continue to decline; adult colouring
(sorry coloring) books boosted print sales of adult nonfiction by 12% in the first half of 2016. There are lots of other interesting statistics in the report. And Pokémon Go
is driving people into bookstores and, in some cases, driving up sales.
Passengers on Germany’s Condor Airlines will get an extra free baggage allowance
for their books this summer. Staying (tenuously) with aviation - Is it a bird; is it a plane? No, it’s Amazon testing drone delivery
in the UK. A good opportunity for the UK’s ‘favourite retailer
’ to re-think its packaging
Finally, here are the BA Industry News Awards (not a real thing) for most original interior design
and most romantic
book-related stories of the month.