The next SYP event has been announced! We’re hosting ‘How To Start Your Own Publishing Company’ on June 25th, where an expert panel will talk about setting up their own publishing company. This will feature people from Bright Red Publishing, Muddy Pearl, Tramp Press and Publishing Scotland. Full events at present can be found on our Facebook event page, with a blog coming soon!
Adrian Searle one of 2015’s Rising Stars. [X]
Adrian Searle of Freight Books has been named one of the Bookseller’s Rising Stars of 2015. They discuss some of the excellent talent Freight has gone on to publish since its launch, and their sales increases and rights sales to other territories. He also says his career highlight has been “Anneliese Mackintosh’s outstanding, confessional Any Other Mouth winning the Green Carnation Prize last year. The first of many prizes, we hope.” Congratulations, Adrian!
Books from the female perspective missing out on prizes. [X]
Research has shown that novels from the female perspective miss out on major awards, regardless of the gender writing them. Nicola Griffith analysed 15 years of winners for six awards. The Pulitzer prize came off worst, where ‘women wrote zero out of 15 prize-winning books wholly from the point of view of a woman or girl’. To read a judge’s perspective, Claire Squires has written a very interesting blog on the matter from her years judging the Saltire Society Literary Awards, and you can read the findings in more depth on Nicola’s website.
Several confirmed for Creative Scotland funding. [X]
In more good news for Freight Books, and other publishers and book festivals across Scotland, funding from Creative Scotland has been announced. Freight was awarded £69,889 to allow it to continue as ‘one of Scotland’s leading publishers of fiction, poetry and general non-fiction’, while Black & White Publishing received £12,000 to help with publishing new titles. Stanza Scotland’s Poetry Festival received £80,000 to fund ‘programming and digital development initiatives’, the Borders Book Festival received £21,625 and the Dunbar Festival of Words £5,000. Furthermore, the Saltire Society was awarded £25,000 to continue their support of literature in Scotland. Congratulations to everyone!
Amazon ends sales-diversion, will be taxed properly in UK. [X]
Amazon has confirmed they will end the process of diverting their sales through Luxembourg to use their lower tax rate, meaning that sales made to UK customers through their UK branch will be taxed accordingly by the HMRC. The news has been viewed positively by those in the publishing industry.
Amazon launches children’s subscriptions. [X]
Amazon UK has launched a subscription service with e-books, educational apps, videos and games, as well as unveiling their Fire Tablet, aimed at children (starting at £119). Fire for Kids Unlimited targeted 3-10 year olds, priced at £1.99/child and £4.99/family on Prime and £3.99 / £7.99 respectively for non-Prime members. With the targets being children, they have streamlined the products to make sure they’re age appropriate, and say they have removed in-app purchasing. You can find more information on the content itself here.
Nielsen working on festival sales channel. [X]
Nielsen are currently testing their sales channel to record sales from Hay and Edinburgh’s Book Festivals, with the idea of producing BookScan for festival sales. This is an interesting development as many report surges at book festivals that they feel should be recorded into weekly figures, and publishers and authors have long asked for a development in this area. It will be interesting to see not only if this becomes a regular feature, but what it shows about book festival sales.
IBW launches website. [X]
Independent Booksellers Week has launched a website for its events and encouraging participation via #giveabook and #bookaday hashtags. Have a look through their website here!