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Mon, 03 Aug 2009 04:31
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 31st July issue:
- Supermarkets now sell "one in every five books bought in the UK"
- Sony is believed to be launching a "new version of its Reader, which will include wi-fi access"
- South London Independent bookseller "Crockatt and Powell has closed this week after almost four years of trading"
- Waterstone's hub "up and running" "Waterstone's will begin supplying almost all of its stores from its new distribution centre by the end of this week"
- "The three small publishers [Quadrille, The History Press and Michael O'Mara] who have seen the largest drop-off in sales in the first half of the year" remain confident about future trading"
- Comedian Simon Pegg followed Russell Brand "in postponing the release of his title...autobiography 'Out of Spaced', first of a three book deal struck for seven figures last year, has been pushed back to next autumn"
- Poetry publisher Salt "has raised enough money to get through the rest of this year after the success of its 'Just One Book' campaign"
- Jacqueline Wilson "will turn her hand to full-length historical fiction for the first time this autumn, with a book set in London's first home for abandoned children"
- The book trade "has hailed a 'strong' longlist for the 2009 Man Booker Prize, which was revealed on Tuesday. Many retailers commented on the 'curveball' inclusion of James Lever's 'Me Cheeta', with several tipping Hilary Mantel's 'Wolf Hall'...as a potential winner"
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