Bloody Scotland Crime Book of the Year shortlist revealed

Crime fiction festival Bloody Scotland has revealed the shortlist for its annual book of the year award, recognising excellence in Scottish crime writing. Drawn from a longlist of 55 by an independent panel of readers, the winning author will receive a prize of £1,000 and promotion of their work in Waterstones branches across Scotland.

BookMachine co-founder runner-up at Young Stationers’ Prize

BookMachine co-founder Laura Summers has been awarded proxime accesserunt (runner-up) at this year’s Young Stationers’ Prize. Judges called her ‘forward-thinking’, ‘innovative’ and possessed of ‘masses of drive’, and said of BookMachine itself: ‘a great idea, and she’s executed it brilliantly’.

Go Set a Watchman tops 1.1 million sold in US and Canada

Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee’s unexpected companion piece to her sole previous novel, To Kill a Mockingbird – has sold 1.1 million copies across print and digital in its first six days on release in the US and Canada alone. After going on sale last Tuesday (14/07/2015), the book became the fastest selling […]

All About Comics – A photo/twitter blog

All About Comics – A photo/twitter blog

On Tuesday night, Tim Pilcher treated a packed room at the Phoenix Artist Club to an entertaining talk on comic books. Currently working as Humanoids’ UK Liaison and Chair of the Comic Book Alliance, Tim has been in comic book publishing for over 25 years and a go-to guru on the medium.

Bello to republish out of print novels by Richmal Crompton

Bello – the digital imprint of Pan Macmillan focused on republishing out of print books – is set to release eleven novels for adults by Richmal Crompton, author of the celebrated Just William series of children’s books.

Foyles hosting summer holiday activities across branches

Foyles has announced a series of children’s events taking place across its branches in London and Bristol throughout the school summer holidays, dubbing it the ‘Summer of Fun’. Beloved characters including Where’s Wally?, Shaun the Sheep, Thunderbirds, Maisy, Hugless Douglas and Miffy will make appearances at the bookshop’s Bristol branch and its Charing Cross Road, […]

The Girl on the Train shatters sales records

Paula Hawkins’ novel The Girl on the Train has broken UK sales records this week, claiming its 20th consecutive week atop the hardback fiction bestseller lists. It overtakes Dan Brown’s The Lost Symbol, which stayed at number one for 19 weeks following its release in September 2009, to become the longest reigning bestseller since Nielsen […]

Amazon announces Prime Day for 15 July

As part of its continuing efforts to sign up shoppers to its premium Prime subscription service, Amazon has announced Prime Day, a ‘one day shopping event’ that promises ‘more deals than Black Friday’. Happening across Amazon stores globally on Wednesday 15 July, the event allows new and existing members of Amazon Prime to shop for […]

Writers & Artists launches 2016 yearbook with #istartedhere

Today (2 July) sees the launch of the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook 2016, the latest instalment of the annual directory for writers, designers, illustrators and photographers. Published by Bloomsbury, the book contains 4,500 key industry listings, alongside information on copyright, finance, submitting a manuscript, e-publishing, self-publishing, agents, publishers, prizes and awards. New additions this year […]

Towing the Line: Banned books and YA fiction

Towing the Line: Banned books and YA fiction

The Office of Intellectual Freedom (OIF), an arm of the American Library Association (ALA), recently released the list of the most banned books in the US during 2014. It’s an annual report, but what’s surprising is that, year upon year, these lists increasingly contain YA and Children’s titles.