Publishing Round-Up: 19th October 2015.

Screen Shot 2015-10-17 at 20.19.14Frankfurt Book Fair 2015

It was Frankfurt Book Fair last week, the world’s biggest book trade fair, and here’s some of the deals made by Scottish publishers that took place over the course of the week.

  • Fiona Brownlee, on behalf of Freight Books, has secured The Wolf Trial by Neil Mackay in a pre-empt with Tim Mueller at Heyne (Random House Germany). (more)
  • Canongate has signed Anna by Niccolo Ammaniti, which is currently top of the charts in Italy. It is set in a lawless world in which adults have been wiped out by a virus and humans die when they hit puberty. (more)
  • HarperCollins has bagged world rights to a title by Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson. (more)

This month’s Books from Scotland issue focuses on ‘Caledonia Noir’

This month’s issue from Publishing Scotland’s Books from Scotland is a Caledonia Noir special.

It features a chat with Bloody Scotland Crime Book of the Year 2015 winner Craig Russell, an interview with Lin Anderson, William McIlvanney in conversation, Doug Johnstone on Writing Edinburgh, The Killer Cookbook edited by Caro Ramsay, an article on how Saraband’s crime imprint Contraband got started and much more.

To read the issue click here and make sure to sign up to the newsletter so you don’t miss a single issue.

Marlon James wins 2015 Man Booker Prize

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James was named as the winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction last week. A Brief History of Seven Killings is published by Oneworld Publications. The 44-year-old, now resident in Minneapolis, is the first Jamaican author to win the prize in its 47-year history.

A Brief History of Seven Killings is a 686-page epic with over 75 characters and voices. Set in Kingston, where James was born, the book is a fictional history of the attempted murder of Bob Marley in 1976.

Read more about the winner on the Man Booker website.

Kirstin Innes’ Fishnet wins Not the Booker Prize

Kirstin Innes’ Fishnet (Freight) won the part public vote, part judged Not the Booker Prize last Monday.

The Guardian’s Not the Booker prize judges split their individual votes three ways, but with two votes from the popular vote and one vote from the judges, Fishnet emerged as a clear winner.

They said: ‘Fishnet is a fine novel. It possibly wasn’t the most polished and complete literary work on the list, but there is some excellent writing in there, as well as real emotional and political urgency. It’s gripping, it’s humane and it’s the kind of novel that can actually make you investigate your own prejudices and opinions.’

Read more about the award here.

Kelpies Design & Illustration Prize 2016 launched

Edinburgh-based publisher Floris Books launched its annual Kelpies Design & Illustration Prize on Friday 9 October.

The Prize, now in its third year, challenges amateur designers and illustrators across Scotland to design a fun and dynamic cover for a new Scottish children’s novel. This year entrants have been asked to design a cover for Slugboy Saves The World by Mark Smith which won the Kelpies Prize 2015. It’s a first to have the two competitions paired together! The winner of the Kelpies Design & Illustration Prize will receive £250, and may be offered the chance to work with Floris Books to create the book’s final cover.

The deadline for entries is 22 January 2016. A shortlist of entries will be announced at the end of January with the winner announced at a reception in February. Please visit for more information.

Screen Shot 2015-10-17 at 20.14.28The FutureBook Awards shortlists for imaginative publishing released

Eight book tech companies, 15 digital books, 10 marketing/publicity campaigns, seven platforms and 15 individuals from within the book business will go head to head for the coveted FutureBook Awards. The shortlists display excellence and innovation with the winners announced at the FutureBook Conference (4th December).

Shortlisters include Canongate for The Sick Bag Song marketing campaign, Pottermore CEO Susan Jurevics, Bibliocloud founder Emma Barnes, and many many more.

Find out the full shortlists here.

Smashwords partners with Gardeners Books

Self-publishing giant Smashwords has formed a distribution agreement with Gardners Books, the largest wholesaler of books in the U.K.

Through the partnership, self-published authors on Smashwords will be able to distribute their books through book retailers and in libraries.

Read more about the partnership here.

Screen Shot 2015-10-17 at 20.17.48The Bookseller and The Sunday Times to run weekly e-book charts

The Bookseller and The Sunday Times are to run weekly e-book bestseller charts, with data supplied by all of the main trade publishers to The Bookseller.

The move builds on The Bookseller’s monthly e-book rankings that capture e-book sales data from publishers including Penguin Random House, Hachette, Pan Macmillan, Simon & Schuster and HarperCollins. The monthly listings, first launched in 2013, are still the only e-book charts available in any of the major e-book markets.

Read more about the charts here.

Google wins appeal in book scanning case

Google’s massive effort to scan millions of books for its digital library does not violate copyright law, a U.S. appeals court ruled today.

The judge rejected the claims of a group of authors that the effort hurts their income from book sales. The judge upheld the original ruling that Google’s project is protected by fair use.

Read more about the case here.


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