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Mon, 05 Oct 2009 10:25
Each Monday, here on Editor's Corner, I run through the latest issue of the Bookseller magazine and pick out the bits and pieces of book industry news that catch my eye.
This quick round-up of book stuff is culled from the pages of last Friday's 2nd October issue and via the Bookseller website:
- the "public library service is 'woefully' lacking in leadership and a new Library Development Agency for England is needed to articulate a national vision, the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Libraries has said in a report published [on the 2nd October]"
- Andy McNab, Rolf Harris and Peter James "are among the authors lined up to write Quick Reads for next year's campaign, the fifth anniversary of the initiative. The Quick Reads will be backed with new designs and marketing, with the series to be rebranded as 'short, sharp shots of entertainment'"
- a new "'buddying' programme organised by The Reading Agency (TRA) as part of its Reading Partners scheme will see top librarians linking up with prominent publishers to increase understanding between the sectors"
- Dorling Kindersley "has signed a two-book deal with production company Shine TV and the BBC to publish two new 'MasterChef' titles as the series moves from BBC2 to BBC1 in the new year, with nine series lined up over the next three years"
- Tindal Street Press "has said it is watching its 'promotion costs and print runs with care' after the level of returns from campaigns it participated in over the past year hit its latest financial results. The Birmingham-based indie celebrates its 10th anniversary in October in 'upbeat mood', despite admitting that trading has become harder over the past year"
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