BookMachine February Wrap: Publishing stories from around the web

BookMachine February Wrap: Publishing stories from around the web

This month in publishing, booksellers have taken the spotlight, with Waterstones announcing their first year of profit since the 2008 financial crash. In fact, Bookstore sales rose 2.5% in 2016 and Amazon is determined to get in on the action, with plans to open 10 books and mortar stores across the US by the end […]

KU Big Read 2017 shortlist announced

KU Big Read 2017 shortlist announced

Since 2015, Kingston University has given a book to every undergraduate and postgraduate student about to join the univeristy as part of the KU Big Read campaign, which promotes student involvement and ensures new arrivals feel welcome before they get there. After the success of KU Big Read 2016, more than 140 titles were suggested for […]

Writers plan protest ahead of Trump inauguration day

Writers plan protest ahead of Trump inauguration day

Writers Resist London will take place at: The Horse Hospital, Bloomsbury Sunday 15th January, 2017 4-6PM Free event, all welcome Writers Resist London will join over 50 cities worldwide in reaffirming a commitment to a tolerant and diverse society through panel discussion and poetry readings from literary voices. A flagship New York City event co-sponsored […]

LBF’s Quantum Joins Forces with Nielsen BookInsights Conference

LBF’s Quantum Joins Forces with Nielsen BookInsights Conference

The London Book Fair (LBF) and Nielsen Book today announced that they are combining the London Book Fair’s Quantum Conference and the Nielsen BookInsights Conference into one Spring conference. The new and improved Quantum: Consumer Insights & So Much More will take place on 13 March and kicks off the start of the London Book […]

Jolabokaflod 2016 has launched: send in your book recommendations now

Jolabokaflod 2016 has launched: send in your book recommendations now

Christopher Norris launched the first Jolabokaflod Book Campaign in November 2015, to extend the reach of the Icelandic literary tradition to the UK and the rest of the world. The Jolabokaflod Book Campaign encourages people everywhere to Buy books to Give as gifts to be Read at or after festive occasions. Here he updates us on the 2016 campaign. The Jolabokaflod […]

OWN IT! snaps up rights to debut novel by exciting new British voice JJ Bola

OWN IT! snaps up rights to debut novel by exciting new British voice JJ Bola

Crystal Mahey-Morgan at OWN IT! has won a keenly and closely contested auction to the very special debut novel ‘No Place to Call Home’ by JJ Bola, in a deal negotiated with Maria Cardona of Pontas Literary & Film Agency. Kinshasa-born (1986) and London-raised, JJ Bola is currently doing a MA in Creative Writing at […]

Dan Mooney wins £2,500 with Luke Bitmead Bursary Award

Dan Mooney wins £2,500 with Luke Bitmead Bursary Award

Aspiring author Dan Mooney has been announced as the winner of the Luke Bitmead Writer’s Bursary 2016 in an award ceremony in Central London on Friday 28th October. Dan Mooney received a cheque for £2,500 as well as a publishing contract with Legend Press for his debut novel Me Myself and Them. The novel will be […]

Key trends in the global book market at Frankfurt Book Fair

Key trends in the global book market at Frankfurt Book Fair

Every year, the Frankfurt Book Fair is one of the largest gatherings for the international publishing world and for the second year in a row, Nielsen’s Book team is collaborating with the fair to present key trends in the global market. Nielsen BookScan operates in 10 territories around the world—U.S., U.K., Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, […]

Irish book sales up by 20% as feel-good factor returns to publishing

Irish book sales up by 20% as feel-good factor returns to publishing

The book trade in Ireland is booming with sales up by more than 20 per cent to date this year. Here are some of the highlights from The Irish Times’ article. The Stats Sales up to September 10th were €76.4 million, up 20.3 per cent on 2015, according to Nielsen Bookscan The largest growth has […]

Dead Ink publisher to receive Art Council grant

Dead Ink publisher to receive Art Council grant

Dead Ink, an independent press based in Liverpool has just received confirmation of a significant grant of £65,359 from Arts Council England. The grant will enable Dead Ink to ambitiously expand their Publishing the Underground project. Publishing the Underground seeks to bring new writers to publication by connecting them with readers who act as literary […]