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  • Publishers Ask European Commission for Urgent Help

    The Federation of European Publishers has made a plea to the European Commission to support the industry through the coronavirus pandemic, including guaranteed bank loans and increased grants.

  • Planeta Preps Anthologies of Quarantine Stories

    EBL, the self-publishing project of Spanish media conglomerate Grupo Planeta, has put out a call for stories for two anthologies of literature about life under quarantine during the coronavirus crisis—one in Spanish and another in English.

  • IPA Reveals 2020 Prix Voltaire Shortlist

    Four publishers, one each from Malaysia, Pakistan, Turkey, and Vietnam, have been shortlisted for the International Publishers Association's 2020 Prix Voltaire, which honors publishers whose activities promote the freedom to publish.

  • MacLachlan to Retire from House of Anansi

    In June, Sarah MacLachlan will step down as president and publisher of House of Anansi Press. Semarah Al-Hillal will serve as president of the press, with Bruce Walsh and Karen Li joining as publishers of Anansi and Groundwood Books, respectively.

  • Paris and Leipzig Book Fairs Cancelled, Brussels to Go Ahead

    As a result of the spread of the new coronavirus, the Salon du Livre in Paris and the Leipzig Book Fair have both been canceled. So far, the Foire du Livre de Bruxelles, which begins this Thursday, is slated to commence as planned.

  • Spanish Dominates Booker International Prize Longlist

    This year's longlist for the £50,000 Booker International Prize includes four books from Spanish, two each from French and German, and one each from Afrikaans, Dutch, Farsi, Japanese, and Norwegian.

  • PEN America Rallies Support for Turkish Writer Facing Jail

    PEN America is rallying international support for writer Aslı Erdoğan, who is facing a sentence of up to nine years in jail in Turkey for alleged terrorist propaganda. PEN has called the charges against her “judicial harassment."

  • Indigo Sales Dropped Nearly 10% in 2019 Holiday Quarter

    Indigo Books and Music reported that revenue for the quarter ended December 29, 2019, was down 9.9% from the comparable period in 2018 as sales fell across all of its channels. Earnings, nevertheless, rose to C$25.8 million from C$21.5 million in 2018.

  • Italy's Giunti Buys into U.K.'s Quarto Group

    Italy's Giunti Group has acquired 20% of U.K.-based Quarto Group. Polly Powell, a former publisher at Pavilion Books, has been appointed CEO of Quarto’s U.K. operations.

  • Canadian Book Buyers' Habits Unchanged in 2019

    The mix of formats sold in the Canadian book market differed only slightly from previous years, according to BookNet Canada. The bricks-and-mortar channel picked up some market share from online outlets.

  • Virus Impacts Publishing In and Out of China

    The pandemic virus, 2019-nCoV is already having an impact on the global publishing business, with numerous U.S. and U.K. publishers and event planners monitoring the situation in China.

  • Book Sales Up in U.K. and France

    Booksellers in the U.K. and France are reporting strong results, with two-thirds of booksellers in the U.K. reporting stronger holiday sales, and booksellers in France seeing a drop in December but an overall sales hike in 2019.

  • U.K.'s Book People Collapses, Again

    The Book People, the U.K. online discount bookseller, which also operates pop-up stores at schools and businesses, has gone into administration, a U.K. term similar to filing for bankruptcy protection.

  • New Round of Tariffs Suspended

    Tariffs that were scheduled to be placed on a range of children's books printed in China on December 15 have been suspended by the Trump administration following a "phase one" trade agreement reached Friday between the U.S. and China.

  • Obama, Atwood Among Canada's 2019 Bestsellers

    Michelle Obama's 'Becoming' was the bestselling English-language print book in Canada for the second year, according BookNet Canada SalesData. Margaret Atwood and Malcolm Gladwell were the top Canadian fiction and nonfiction authors.

  • Big Bad Wolf Targets Middle East and Africa

    Big Bad Wolf Ventures, a company based in Malaysia that runs large-scale, 24-hour book sales, is opening an office inside the Sharjah Book Authority Free Zone in the UAE to service the Middle East and Africa.

  • Egypt’s Bookish Revolution

    Egyptian publishers are taking more risks in the post-Mubarak era.

  • Beijing's Iconic English-language Bookstore to Close

    The Bookworm in Beijing, a community hub for expats and host of a popular annual literary festival, will close after zoning changes targeting "illegal structures" in the city prevented them from renewing their lease.

  • Indigo Sales Slide 7.6% for the Quarter

    Canada's leading book retailer reported yet another quarter of declining sales, with a total sales decline of 7.6% for the second quarter of its current 2020 fiscal year compared to a year ago.

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