By Claire Kirch
February 25, 2011
Sales of Jamie Oliver’s Jamie’s 30-minute Meals (Michael Joseph) fell 22% week-on-week, but its 39,118 sale in the seven days to 19th February is easily strong enough to ensure it spends another week (its 17th in total) at the summit of The Official UK Top 50.
Despite having gone on sale less than five months ago, its total sales to date of 1,416,303 copies puts it fifth on a list of the bestselling non-fiction books since records began in 1998. …read more
Posted by Mike Shatzkin
Sometimes, and it would seem quite often these days, the future comes faster than you expected it.
Followers of this blog, and of my speeches before there was a blog (this one’s from 2001!), know I’ve long been expecting ebook reading to supplant print book reading for many people. I’ve been wrong about the timing. (Ten years ago I’d have expected to be where we are now three or four years ago.) I’ve been wrong about whether a dedicated device for reading would make much of difference. (I read so comfortably on a phone, and before that on a PDA, that I figured few would want yet another device for reading only.) And I’m rethinking my expectations around enhanced ebooks and the utility of social reading. …read more
February 24, 2011
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America is proud to announce the nominees for the 2010 Nebula Awards.
The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented by, active members of SFWA. The awards will be announced at the Nebula Awards Banquet on Saturday evening, May 21, 2011 in the Washington Hilton, in Washington, D.C.. Other awards to be presented are the Andre Norton Award for Excellence in Science Fiction or Fantasy for Young Adults, the Ray Bradbury Award for Outstanding Dramatic Presentation and the Solstice Award for outstanding contribution to the field. …read more
Macmillan Children’s Books is to hold a Gruffalo fundraising event tomorrow for Red Nose Day. As a supporting partner of this year’s Comic Relief, the popular children’s book character will be hosting the fundraiser in Westfield Shopping Centre, London. …read more
Bookshops, libraries, museums and theatres will be celebrating this year’s World Book Day (Thursday 3rd March) with a range of high profile and community initiatives. …read more
Julia Donaldson, Barry Hutchinson and Catherine MacPhail have been named the winners of Scotland’s largest children’s book prize, the 2010 Royal Mail Awards for Scottish Children’s Books.
More than 16,000 children voted for their favourite children’s books of 2010 and each winner won £3,000.
Donaldson won the early years category (0-7) for her picture book What the Ladybird Heard (Macmillan), which is illustrated by Lydia Monks.
Winning author Sarah Bakewell was presented with the award by Andrew Marr at a glitzy ceremony at the French Ambassador’s residence in Kensington Palace Gardens. …read more
Print on demand, digital and self-publishing are continuing to push up the number of books published in the UK and overseas, according to new output data issued by Nielsen Book. The statistics also reveal that the number of publishers has risen with 2010 seeing 3,151 new publishers registering for an ISBN, the highest for 10 years. …read more