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Mon, 29 Mar 2010 04:39
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 mainly culled from the Bookseller website:
- Crocheting Adventures with Hyperbolic Planes by Daina Taimina has won the Diagram Prize for Oddest Title of the Year
- BA uneasy over library e-book proposals: "The Booksellers Association is meeting its council members after expressing concerns over the government's long-awaited library review proposed a ban on the sector charging for e-books..."
- Myers plans to 'rejuvenate' Waterstone's after 'stifling homogeneity': "Waterstone's is looking at a "rejuvenation" of its brand to reflect the changes made to its range under the retailer's new management team..."
- Amazon demands price parity for marketplace: "Amazon.co.uk is bringing in new rules to ensure Marketplace sellers are offering their goods at the same price or lower than on other "non-physical sales channels". From 31st March, Amazon said it would require "price parity from all sellers", meaning no website - including ebay - or catalogue, third party platform or mobile applications, can undercut the e-tailer. It is giving participants until 1st May to get everything in order..."
- Book trade prepares for busy LBF: "Publishers and agents have said they are expecting to have an "incredibly busy" London Book Fair with no notable absences and schedules already jam-packed..."
- Bookshop numbers flat in early 2010: "Bookshops are 'holding their own' in a tough climate, after new figures revealed the number of bookshops remained flat for the first three months of the year..."
- Bologna embraces the "middle grade": "Books in the eight to 12 age range, known by the American term "middle grade", are in hot demand at the Bologna Book Fair as international publishers look to fill the gap left by the recent emphasis on teen fiction..."
- Canongate snaps up werewolf trilogy; Transworld signs Cheryl Cole: "Canongate has acquired a trilogy of werewolf thriller novels by Glen Duncan in a pre-emptive deal. Francis Bickmore, acquiring editor at Canongate, bought world rights (excluding North America) for an undisclosed sum from Jonny Geller at Curtis Brown..." And "Transworld has bought the rights to the first official Cheryl Cole book, My World, to be published on 30th September. Editorial director Sarah Emsley bought world rights from literary agent Pat Lomax at Bell Lomax Moreton..."
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