Publishing Round-Up: 26th September 2016.


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His Bloody Project’s sales leave Booker shortlist rivals for dead

‘A little-known novelist with a tiny independent publisher in Scotland is enjoying an extraordinary sales rush after being shortlisted for the Man Booker prize.

His Bloody Project, Graeme Macrae Burnet’s tale of murder in a remote Highland crofting community in the 19th century, is leading sales of shortlisted books by a significant margin, according to the most recent figures available. Its closest and far better-recognised rival is selling more than a third less.

It is the first time a Scottish writer published by a Scottish publisher has made it to this stage in the competition.’

Read more about His Bloody Project here.

SainsburysSainsbury’s exits e-book market

‘Sainsbury’s is pulling out of the e-book market and closing its digital entertainment offer.

The Bookseller understands the digital entertainment team in the business, which also offers music and film downloads, were called into a meeting yesterday afternoon (20th September) and given the news the digital entertainment arm was closing in December. The company is now carrying out job consultations with 40 staff, looking to redeploy “where possible”, it said.

In a press statement, the supermarket added: “Following a commercial review we have taken the strategic decision to close the Sainsbury’s Entertainment service. We know many customers valued this service and we regret to disappoint them. We’re now contacting these customers to let them know what options are available to them, including e-book customers who can migrate their libraries across to a new platform.”

The supermarket’s e-reading customers will have the option of transferring to rival retailer Kobo next month.’

Read more about Sainsbury’s exit here.

Pullman, Blackman and Rosen urge Bradley to act on libraries

‘More than 300 writers have signed a letter to the new secretary of state for culture, Karen Bradley, asking her to “set a new course” for libraries.

The letter, signed by authors such as Philip Pullman, Malorie Blackman and Michael Rosen, says: “Public libraries, museums and galleries are vital social and cultural resources at the heart of our communities. They give access to reading, literacy, information technology, history, art, information and enjoyment. But they are in crisis.

“We call upon you, as secretary of state for culture, media and sport to recognise this crisis and set a new course after years of decline.”’

Read more about the letter here.

British authors dominate Cundill Prize longlist

‘Andrew Wulf, winner of the Royal Society Book Prize, is one of four British authors to have made the six-strong longlist for the 2016 Cundill Prize for Historical Literature.

Based in Canada, the prize boasts the world’s “most lucrative” international award for a non-fiction book, with the winner receiving $75,000 (almost £58,000). Two “Recognition of Excellence” prizes of $10,000 apiece are also given.’

Read more about the prize here.

Parents spend 25% less on books for boys, study reveals

‘A new study reveals that parents of pre-school children spend on average £6 per month on books for boys, 25% less than they spend on books for girls.

According to the Childwise Monitor Pre-school Report 2016, a survey of parents of 1,000 0-4 year-olds in the UK, parents of girls spend significantly more, £8 every month, than parents of boys.

Childwise research manager Jenny Ehren said the findings emerged even though equal numbers of boys and girls named a book as their most treasured possession for the survey.

“The gender differences in book purchasing for pre-school children are indicative of reading trends that become more significant with age,” she said. “By the time they reach school, boys aged 5-10 read for significantly shorter periods and much less frequently for pleasure than girls of the same age.”’

Read more about the study here.

Amazon competitors left ‘fighting for scraps’ in e-book market

‘Amazon’s dominance in the UK e-book market is so huge that other competitors are left “fighting for scraps”, tech entrepreneurs have said.

The comments follow the closure of E-books by Sainsbury’s, and new figures from data company Kantar Worldpanel obtained by The Bookseller which show Amazon’s dominance in the e-book market has grown even further in the last year.

According to the statistics, Amazon’s share of the UK e-book market over the last year was 91.3%, up from 90.1% this time last year. By contrast, Sainsbury’s share was just 1.5%, although that was up from 0.8% last year after the company took on Nook’s customers when that platform closed in March.’

Read more about Amazon’s market share here.


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