Gardners has suspended taking new orders and the Hive website is temporarily closed due to concerns over worker safety, while the Waterstones website is also experiencing delays.
Authors have come together to launch a new online literary festival—HouseBound 2020—bringing names such as Robert Webb, David Lammy and Sarah Perry together with emerging authors from across the globe.
“Queer Eye” star Jonathan Van Ness is reading an exclusive extract from debut picture book Peanut Goes for the Gold for youngsters stuck at home.
The paperback publication of Victoria Hislop’s sixth novel, Those Who Are Loved (Headline Review), has been postponed from 30th April to 20th August “to avoid jeopardising publication plans during the unprecedented current situation”.
E-book publisher Joffe Books is giving away one Kindle title by each of its authors, offering customers what it reckons is a year’s worth of reading for free.
Kindle Entertainment has bought TV and film rights to Michelle Paver’s bestselling Wolf Brother series.
Literary commentator and presenter Paul Blezard has announced The Lockdown Litfest, a new online literary festival.
Fitzcarraldo Editions has been awarded the 2020 Republic of Consciousness Prize for Animalia by Jean-Baptiste Del Amo, translated by Frank Wynne – but the £10,000 prize is to be shared among the five shortlistees this year “to support all of the publishers on the shortlist in what is an extremely difficult time for small businesses and freelances”.
A couple of weeks ago (doesn’t it feel lilke a lifetime?), John Howkins wrote a comment piece for us on the hidden value of invisible work. The phrase stuck in my head as, day after day, news of yet another cancelled book launch or event came flooding in.
Hive is currently closed for new orders due to “unprecedented demand” while the Waterstones website is also experiencing delays as online retailers struggle during the lockdown.