What an exciting month for publishing! The Edinburgh International Book Festival did their bit to make the masses part with their cash; Trump helped put a damper on Amazon sales; Quarto is talking about selling up; and Michiko Kakutani is leaving the New Yorker! Here are the stories that caught our eye this month!
The votes are in for the 2017 Not the Booker prize and five books on the shortlist (ranked in order of votes) are as follows. It’s going to be a tight race. Get reading and tell us what you think!
Not Thomas by Sara Gethin (Honno Press) 87
Dark Chapter by Winnie M Li (Legend Press) 85
Man With a Seagull on His Head by Harriet Paige (Bluemoose Books) 85
The Threat Level Remains Severe by Rowena Macdonald (Aardvark Bureau) 64
The Ludlow Ladies’ Society by Ann O’Loughlin (Black and White Publishing) 53
Amazon had £3.8bn ($5bn) wiped off its stock market valuation on 16th August after the US president Donald Trump hit out at the e-commerce giant for doing ‘great damage to tax paying retailers’ in a tweet. Trump’s post on the social media site said that ‘towns, cities, and states throughout the US are being hurt—many jobs being lost!’ It seems Amazon has now officially taken the place of Walmart as the most-hated retailer.
The Irish novelist’s striking novel about the sexual awakening of a teenager with an older actor landed the UK’s oldest literary award.
The eight titles selected are: Victoria Hislop’s Cartes Postales From Greece (Headline); Ruth Hogan’s The Keeper of Lost Things (Two Roads); The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel (Hodder); Under a Pole Star by Stef Penney (Quercus); Good Me Bad Me by Ali Land (Penguin); A Dangerous Crossing by Rachel Rhys (Black Swan); The Betrayals by Fiona Neill (Penguin); and Kill The Father by Sandrone Dazieri.
The Bookseller is questioning whether the e-book is a dead format, while others are calling out for Google to create their own e-reader. The Association of American Publishers released its first report on the US book publishing industry on 1st August. Their data shows that overall publishing industry revenues increased 4.9% for the first three months of 2017.
The BBC will expand its Radio 4 show ‘Front Row’ brand this autumn into television with a new series on BBC Two. With its existing presence on Radio 4 and plans for an enhanced digital offer, Front Row will now bring audiences high quality arts and culture content across TV, radio, and online.
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