Subscription models are still better suited to academic books than trade titles, but there is still much more publishers can do with their IP, Perlego's Matthew Jones has said.
Travel writer, novelist and memoirist Jan Morris has died, aged 94.
Scottish-American author Douglas Stuart has won the Booker prize for his first novel, Shuggie Bain, a story based on his own life that follows a boy growing up in poverty in 1980s Glasgow with a mother who is battling addiction.
Publishers Nosy Crow and Pan Macmillan have been named winners of the FutureBooks Awards: Best of Lockdown, after the week-long virtual conference which culminated in the awards ceremony. The pair won alongside Bath-based bookshop Mr B’s Emporium, the Cheltenham Literature Festival, and academic subscription service Perlego.
Jan Morris, the historian and travel writer who evoked time and place with the flair of a novelist, has died aged 94. As a journalist Morris broke monumental news, including Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay's ascent of Everest, and the French involvement in the Israeli attack on Egypt in the Suez war. As a bestselling author of more than 30 books, she was equally lauded for histories including Pax Britannica, her monumental account of the British Empire, and for her colourful accounts of places from Venice to Oxford, Hong Kong to Trieste. But she was also well-known as a transgender...
Jonathan Cape has triumphed in a nine-publisher auction for a “fly-on-the-padded-wall” debut from junior psychiatrist and comedy writer Benji Waterhouse.
Bookstore sales fell 27.7% in September, dropping to $609 million from $842 million a year ago. For the first nine months of 2020, sales were down 31% compared to 2019.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been crowned the Women’s Prize for Fiction ‘Winner of Winners’ for her novel Half of a Yellow Sun (HarperCollins).
A Sculpture for Mary Wollstonecraft has been made by one of Britain's most important and sometimes controversial artists, Maggi Hambling. The unveiling on Tuesday follows 10 years of trying to raise the £143,000 required to achieve it. The campaign was launched in 2010 by volunteers keen to have Wollstonecraft's legacy remembered close to where she lived and worked, setting up a girl's boarding school in Newington Green, aged 25. Wollstonecraft was an important philosopher and educationalist best known for A Vindication of the Rights of Woman, published in 1792. But her reputation was "annihilated" by misogyny, said writer Bee Rowlatt,...