The Nigerian publishing house founded by Bibi Bakare-Yusef was named winner of the Inclusivity in Publishing Award, and US-based Sara Miller McCune was on-hand to accept her Lifetime Achievement Award.
In examining common ground between independent booksellers and publishers at Bologna’s new bookstore conference, the International Publishers Association’s Michiel Kolman previewed some of the tensions to be debated at London Book Fair.
Booksellers Without Borders announces twelve booksellers from the United States will be going to book fairs in Germany, Italy, and Mexico this year to grow their international publishing networks.
BookNet Canada’s 2017 report on the country’s English-language market shows fiction unit sales dipping by 8 percent—and Rupi Kaur’s work powering a 79-percent increase in poetry sales.
The shakeout continues in Polish book retail, as the closure of bookstore chain Matras opens chances for competitors BookBook, Mole Mole, and Świat Książki to expand.
The idea of negotiating as a group for better discounts, more author appearances, and more has excited a group of independent booksellers in the UK.
Having once left the American ebook market largely to Seattle, Rakuten Kobo now is hitching a ride with Walmart back into Amazonian America, selling ebooks and audiobooks through the big-box leader.
‘When nativism, populism, and xenophobia are on the march,’ the British Academy’s Al-Rodhan Prize has timely currency in the 2018 prize year. And US-based booksellers will travel to Frankfurter Buchmesse and the Turin Book Fair on Bookselling Without Borders scholarships.
Among unknowns facing the UK book industry this year, the idea of a Waterstones sale is among the most vexing. There’s one point of agreement: Industry players would like managing director James Daunt to stay in place.
The 2017 year-end holiday season book sales patterns reported in both major English-language markets looked good at the end, but getting there wasn’t a lot of fun. And what lies ahead may be rougher for bookstores.