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 […]

Barr takes over as President of The Publishers Association

Barr takes over as President of The Publishers Association

Stephen Barr, President of SAGE International, has been elected as the new President of The Publishers Association. Stephen succeeds Joanna Prior, Managing Director of Penguin General Books, who remains as an officer on PA Council. Commenting, Stephen said: “The Publishers Association plays an essential role as the collective voice for the publishing community in the […]

Bloomsbury sales up 11%

Bloomsbury sales up 11%

Bloomsbury today announces unaudited results for the year ended 29 February 2016. Financial highlights Revenue grew by 11% to £123.7 million (2015: £111.1 million) Profit before taxation and highlighted items increased by 8% to £13.0 million (2015: £12.1 million) Both revenue and profit benefited from the successful integration of Osprey Publishing acquired in December 2014 […]

Translation Fund for Scottish writers – open for applications

Translation Fund for Scottish writers – open for applications

The fund, administered by Publishing Scotland, is designed to encourage international publishers to translate works by Scottish writers. The new round for 2016/17 is now open. There will be 2 rounds, with the first deadline being Friday 12 August 2016. A second round will be announced prior to the Frankfurt Book Fair in October 2016. […]

Strong year for UK publishing industry as it grows to £4.4bn

Strong year for UK publishing industry as it grows to £4.4bn

New figures released on Friday by the Publishers Association shows that the UK publishing industry is in good health with total sales of book and journal publishing up to £4.4bn in 2015. The figures also revealed that the UK’s love affair with the printed book is far from over as for the first time since the […]