Author Dorothy Koomson has written an open letter to the publishing industry, in which she describes it as a “hostile environment for Black authors”.
Hachette Children’s Group will host two virtual open days to discover picture book writers and illustrators from the North of England and Scotland.
KKR completes OverDrive purchase Jun 10 2020 The investment firm KKR has completed its purchase of OverDrive, which distributes eBooks, audiobooks, music, and video titles to more than 45,000 libraries worldwide. On Christmas Eve, KKR announced it had reached an agreement to acquire the digital reading platform from the Japanese conglomerate Rakuten. The deal was expected to be closed in the first quarter of 2020; it is not known whether the pandemic caused a problem in completing the agreement. Source: Publishers Weekly More News Stories
Nineteen books from 15 countries and 13 languages have won English PEN’s flagship translation awards, including the first novel from South Sudan ever to be published in the UK.
I have to start by admitting that when I began writing this letter last week, I was boiling mad and ready to take everyone on. Now, in its tenth or twentieth draft (I don’t know which) I’m still boiling mad, but most of your gaslighting social media posts that sent me over the edge have gone, so I’ve calmed down a little. A little. I am still boiling mad and I still think you need to know a few things. Firstly – and most importantly – you need to know: publishing is a hostile environment for Black authors.
Reni Eddo-Lodge's Why I'm No Longer Talking to White People About Race (Bloomsbury) has topped both of Amazon Charts' non-fiction rankings.
Hamnet author Maggie O'Farrell, How I Live Now writer Meg Rosoff and Waterstones children's laureate Cressida Cowell will feature during Independent Bookshop Week, online for the first time this year.
Publishers are currently exploring what a return to work will look like, with HarperCollins this week allowing staff to come into the office "for essential reasons" and Hachette and Simon & Schuster confirming a provisional return come September.
UK printing firms say the impact of Covid-19 on their business has not been as large as first feared but they have warned of further challenges as publishers gear up for a big autumn.
Oyinkan Braithwaite, Abir Mukherjee and Mick Herron are among the writers shortlisted for this year's Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Prize.