Publishing Round-Up: 27th March 2015.

Miss our AGM last night? Here’s all the info you need: SYP Scotland AGM – 26th March 2015.

Go Set A Watchman by Harper LeeNew Harper Lee cover unveiled!
The news of Harper Lee’s lost book being published at last shook the world of book lovers, and now the cover has been revealed! The book will be released on 14th July.

Amazon talking to UK government about drone testing. [X]
It’s been reported that Amazon are talking to the UK government about further drone testing plans, as those they’re facing in the USA are too restrictive. Transport minister, Robert Goodwill, said he had met with Amazon, noting: “Amazon came to see me to ask about starting drone trials in the UK because regulations in the US were too restrictive. We’re working with Amazon. And government is working on the whole issue of drones. We’re meeting with the British Airline Pilots Association and we’re both keen to innovate.”

What do you think about drone delivery? Ready for a leap to this futuristic approach, or is it a bit too much?

nielsenNielsen unveil new figures, show online book shopping on top. [X]
Their annual conference BookInsights has given some fascinating insight into the book trade in 2014.  One key point is that online spending on books surpassed that in-store, though bookshops gained a share in the print market. They also remain ahead of online for children’s books, a sector which has seen spending grow 15%, and 9% growth in print sales. 56% of participants in their survey also owned a tablet by the end of the year, with 25% owning an e-reader, the former up from 41% the year previous. For more coverage and reaction to their findings, check out #BookInsights on Twitter.

There’s also a heap of book awards updates, so here’s a summary:

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