This month saw a lively debate at the House of Lords
about bookshops and libraries.
WHS’ sales have been boosted by vlogger Zoella
, as the company launched a share buyback and opened four new stores in Helsinki airport
is changing the face of university bookselling with a state-of-the-art shop in Liverpool.
Amazon pays less tax than an Austrian sausage stall
apparently, and the EU
may be poised to take action (and to settle with Amazon
on ebook terms?). Amazon plans to open many more pop-up stores
in the US, but Indies
are not taking it lying down. Still in the States, audiobooks and paperbacks are thriving
, while sales of ebooks are falling and ‘adult coloring books’ are on their way out (hurray).
, book sales are up a massive 20%
The trend for literary spoofs
continues apace. … and classic novels
are selling well thanks to TV adaptations and beautiful new covers. In France, books from vending machines
are becoming popular.
J K Rowling has responded to fans critical of the new HP ebooks
A second Academic Book Week
has been announced for 2017 and World Book Day
has great plans to celebrate its 20th birthday.
How many books do you think have been published since the invention of the printing press?* An Increasing number
Some shortlists: the £30,000 Baillie Gifford
prize will be awarded on 17th November, as will the Guardian Children’s Fiction
prize. The Goldsmiths
prize shortlist ‘for fiction at its most novel’ has been announced. Doireann Ní Ghríofa was awarded the Rooney Prize
for Irish Literature, and Vahni Capildeo won the Forward Prize
for poetry. Bob Dylan
does want his Nobel Prize after all, and there was a surprise winner of the 2017 Booker Prize
In ‘the BA blows its own trumpet (modestly)’ news, the first Bookshop Day had positive coverage
in the mainstream press; sales and footfall
were both up. The IBW Best of the Best
winners were announced and the BAMB Readers Prize
shortlists were revealed. Don’t forget Civilised Saturday
is on 26th November….
but probably more now….