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 […]

Free Kingston Publishing Masterclasses: The 2016 line-up

Free Kingston Publishing Masterclasses: The 2016 line-up

Kingston University’s Publishing MA course run a series of masterclasses from leading industry professionals every year. Here’s the 2016 line-up: Is curation the new word for publishing? 4th October 2016: Michael Bhaskar, Canelo Publishing – The launch of ‘Curation: The power of selection in a world of excess’ (copies will be available for purchase) Publishing innovations in […]

Kingston University’s Big Read goes digital with the Pigeonhole

Kingston University’s Big Read goes digital with the Pigeonhole

Global book club and digital reading platform The Pigeonhole has teamed up with Kingston University to digitally serialise this year’s Kingston University Big Read choice, Matt Haig’s The Humans. The Kingston University Big Read scheme sends a limited-edition copy of a book to all new undergraduate and postgraduate students, so they can start the year as part of […]

iAuthor launches book sampling tool

iAuthor launches book sampling tool

iAuthor, the book discovery platform, launches LitSampler 2.0 today. Here iAuthor’s founder, Adam Kolczynski, tells us more. What is LitSampler 2.0? LitSampler 2.0 is iAuthor’s book sampling tool. An industry-first, it allows authors and publishers to upload an enticing excerpt of their book, controlled from their iAuthor dashboard. Readers can try before they buy, decreasing […]

The KU Big Read special edition has now landed

The KU Big Read special edition has now landed

Including content specially written for the newest members of the Kingston University family, our KU Big Read for 2016 has now arrived, fresh from the printers. The Humans by Matt Haig was chosen as this year’s novel for an annual initiative offering all new students the chance to settle in to university life by reading […]