Ireland: “A buoyant time for publishing.  One of today’s most vibrant book markets.”

The Bookseller reports new appointments at the HarperCollins Dublin offices, as part of the planned doubling the size of the HarperCollins operation in Ireland. The new appointments are Nora Mahony as an assistant editor reporting to publishing director Eoin McHugh, and Jacqueline Murphy as sales executive. See The Bookseller OP for more on these two. Read More …

UK’s Bradford Lit Fest and USA’s Washington National Book Fest see record attendance

The UK’s Bradford Literature Festival launched in 2014 with a two-day event that attracted 968 people. As we all know, no-one reads books anymore because they are all too busy bingeing on Netflix or wasting their time on social media or (insert latest fashionable nonsense). So one can only guess at why the Bradford Literature Read More …

UK small publishers find new ways to survive as chain bookstores turn them away

The Bookseller reports today that British and international smaller publishers are finding many UK bookstores raising the barrier to getting coveted shelf-space. Bigger chains in particular appear reluctant to risk shelf-space for debut authors with no track record, or for titles from “ethnic” authors or with “diverse” content. London-based publisher of African writing, Cassava Republic, Read More …

British publishing needs more working class stories, more diversity and more colouring books. Apparently.

Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller, blogs this week on the British Christmas trade. I stress British, because despite the many similarities between the US and UK book trades there are also significant differences. While romance dominates the US bestseller lists, mystery and thriller is the top genre in the UK. While Barnes & Noble Read More …

Waterstones to open five new bookstores in time for Christmas. Barnes & Noble, please take notes

As Barnes & Noble continues to struggle, management will be looking on enviously as its British counterpart, Waterstones, defies the odds to rebuild a national bookstore chain that not long ago seemed a hopeless cause. As reported here last month, Waterstones is being lined up for re-sale. Waterstone’s was rescued from near bankruptcy several years Read More …

Trad published author caught in KU scam. Amazon pulls her book and leaves fakes up

It seems rarely a month passes without David Gaughran exposing how scammers are milking Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, at the expense mainly of indie authors. Here, for example. Or here. And as often as not it’s indie authors who are getting penalised But it’s not just indie authors getting scammed. Or penalised for something they haven’t Read More …