Saltire Society Publisher of the Year shortlist announced
The shortlist includes last year’s winner, Dingwall-based Sandstone Press alongside 2013 winner Saraband, based in Glasgow. Also featured on the list are a trio of Edinburgh based publishing companies including Black and White Publishing, founded in 1999, children’s book and adult non-fiction specialists Floris Books and Luath Press, originally established in 1981 in the heart of Burns country but more recently relocated to the capital. The list is completed by Glasgow-based Freight books, a relative newcomer to the Scottish publishing market, set up in 2001.
Read more about the shortlist here.
Robert Louis Stevenson week kicks off
Robert Louis Stevenson day might not be until November 13th but a week of events kicks off today (Nov 9th) celebrating the great Scottish author.
Check out the programme for all events.
Glasgow Women’s Library relaunched
The Glasgow Women’s Library was relaunched on Saturday 7th Nov with First Minister Nicola Sturgeon in attendance.
‘The stunning new purpose-designed spaces will be home to unique and fascinating archives and artefacts celebrating women’s writing, history and achievements in Scotland and beyond.
In reaching this landmark achievement, Glasgow Women’s Library has benefitted from capital grants and public donations of over £1 million to revamp the Grade B-listed Carnegie public library building with purpose-built spaces for its innovative programmes of cultural and learning events.
As the only accredited museum in the UK dedicated to women’s history, Glasgow Women’s Library now also boasts purpose-built stores in which to preserve its rare collections of artefacts and archives, including a substantial collection of original Suffragette memorabilia.’
To find out more about the library check out the GWL website’s blog on the relaunch.
Amazon opens first book shop in Seattle
‘The news that Amazon is to open a physical bookshop, albeit not in the UK, has been met with a mixed reaction in the trade, with some saying they are “horrified”, while others have welcomed the move.
Amazon Books, based in Seattle’s University Village, will stock 5,000-6,000 titles in a store space of 5,500 square foot with 2,000 square foot of storage at the back of the shop. It will sell books at the same price as Amazon.com and Amazon Books’ vice president Jennifer Cast has told the Seattle Times that the company hoped it was “not our only one”.
James Daunt, m.d of Waterstones, told The Bookseller he hoped the venture would “fall flat on its face”.’
Read more here.
HarperCollins’ earnings down 24% in first quarter
Earnings at HarperCollins have plunged 24% for the first quarter due to lower e-book sales and lower sales of its Divergent series in the US.
News Corp, HarperCollins’ parent company, has filed its results for the first quarter to 30th September 30th 2015, revealing that EBITDA at HarperCollins has decreased $13m (£8.5m), or 24%, from the same period a year earlier, to $42m (£27.7m).
It blamed lower e-book sales, lower sales of Veronica Roth’s Divergent series and negative foreign currency fluctuations for the lower earnings.
Read more here.
Baileys prize crowns Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as its best of the best
Pitted against nine other titles – from Zadie Smith’s On Beauty to Eimear McBride’s A Girl Is a Half-formed Thing – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s novel of the Biafran war, Half of a Yellow Sun, has been named the best winner of the women’s prize for fiction of the last decade – by both the public and a 10-strong judging panel.
The award, now known as the Baileys women’s prize for fiction, chose to mark its 20th anniversary by asking the chairs of judges of the past 10 years – including Joanna Trollope, Shami Chakrabarti and Daisy Goodwin – to pick their “best of the best” winner from the last decade. Andrea Levy’s Small Island, which won the award in 2004, had previously been named the “best of the best” novel in the prize’s first decade.
Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun, in which three lives are engulfed by the war in 1960s Nigeria, was named on Tuesday evening as the judges’ choice, ahead of titles including Ali Smith’s How to Be Both, Téa Obreht’s The Tiger’s Wife, and Marilynne Robinson’s Home.
Read more on the award here.
Editorial staff quite Elsevier en masse
‘All six editors and all 31 editorial board members of research journal Lingua resigned last week in protest over publisher Elsevier’s high subscription rates and failure to embrace open access.
The mass resignation followed disagreements concerning Elsevier’s polices on pricing and its refusal to convert the journal to an open-access publication that would be free online, Inside Higher Ed has reported.
Like other academic publishers, Elsevier charges universities and researchers a fee to access its journals – a price that can be as high as $2,000 per subscription, which means that often publicly-funded research is unavailable to “those who could make best use of it”, said Fortune magazine.’
Read more here.
JK Rowling writing new children’s book
‘J K Rowling’s agent has told The Bookseller there are no immediate plans to publish her children’s book in progress, discussed in interview on Tuesday evening on Simon Mayo’s BBC Radio 2 Drivetime show.
Neil Blair, Rowling’s agent at The Blair Partnership, said: “J K Rowling has talked previously about writing a children’s book and, as she said to Simon Mayo in the interview, it is on-going, with no plans to publish as yet.”
Rowling told Simon Mayo on his BBC Radio 2 Drivetime show: “I’m not going to give you an absolute date because things are busy and I’ve been writing a screenplay as well. But I will definitely write more novels under J K Rowling. I’ve written part of a children’s book, which I really love. I will definitely finish that. I have ideas for other adult books.”’
Read more here.
Jacqueline Wilson receives lifetime achievement award
Dame Jacqueline Wilson was presented with this year’s J M Barrie Award for “a lifetime of unforgettable writing for children”.
The award, now in its 11th year, was presented by Action for Children’s Arts on 5th November at a ceremony hosted by the BBC at the Radio Theatre in Broadcasting House.
Read more here.