Publishing Round-up: 19th July 2017


Easyjet Launches Children’s Book Clubeasyjet-logo

EasyJet has launched a “flybrary” across its entire UK fleet featuring 7,000 classic books selected by Jacqueline Wilson.

Copies of children’s classics including Peter Pan, Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, The Wizard Of Oz and The Railway Children will be distributed across EasyJet planes. Children will leave the books on board for the next passengers after they leave.

EasyJet c.e.o, Carolyn McCall, said: “The launch of our summer kids book club is another initiative designed to make flying with us more fun and help to get kids hooked on a book at the start of the holiday season at the same time. Our in-flight lending library means young passengers can pick up a brilliant book during their flight and then return it to the seat pocket at the end of the flight for the next customer to enjoy onboard.”

Read more here.

Pearson to sell 22% Stake in Penguin Random Houselogo

Pearson has agreed to sell 22% of its stake in Penguin Random House (PRH) to co-shareholder Bertelsmann, valuing the publisher at $3.55bn (£2.76bn) including debt.

Dohle, c.e.o. of PRH, said that Bertelsmann’s acquisition of 75% of PRH “further strengthens Bertelsmann’s cultural influence on our company”.

He added that the deal signals “great continuity and stability” for Penguin Random House – “which makes it the best solution for authors, partners, publishers and employees. We can and will continue to focus on our authors’ creative works, and with that, on publishing the finest books and stories for our readers,” he said.

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Self Published Author Sues Simon & Schuster for Breach of ContractDangerous 192x181_0_0.png

Former Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos has served his former publisher Simon & Schuster US with a $10m lawsuit, days after his self-published memoir was released.

The publisher said it had not yet been served the lawsuit but said it would “fully expect to prevail in court”. A spokesperson told The Bookseller: “Although we have not been officially served, we believe that Yiannopoulos’s lawsuit is publicity driven and entirely without merit.  Simon & Schuster will vigorously defend itself against any such action, and fully expects to prevail in court.”

Read more here.

Indie Bookshops slam heavy discounting of The Book of Dust - La Belle Sauvage
Philip Pullman’s New Novel

Amazon has revealed a “diverse” six-strong shortlist for its first UK Kindle Storyteller Award, with finalists’ books spanning genres from non-fiction and crime thriller to historical fiction and lesbian romance.

To enter, authors were asked to upload an original, previously unpublished English-language book to Kindle Direct Publishing on The shortlist was narrowed down from thousands of entries after books were rated based on their “commercial viability” for the UK market.

Read more here.


Founder of Canongate


Stephanie Wolfe Murray Passes Away

Stephanie Wolfe Murray – who founded Canongate in 1973 with her husband Angus and Charles Wild, and ran it until 1994  passed away on 24 June 2017. Current CEO Jamie Byng has said that “Stephanie was a beautiful, charismatic and kind woman who was utterly selfless in her support of others. She was an inspirational figure in my life, as she was for countless others, and not just because of what she taught me about publishing. But in that respect she was my first mentor, taking me under her gentle wings and teaching and encouraging me from the moment we met in November 1992. Canongate would not be doing what it is doing today if it wasn’t for her.”

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