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Here is our brief roundup of the publishing news from last week, featuring some of the major stories from around the world.

 

The London Book Fair 2016:

Last week, the great and good of the publishing world gathered at Olympia in London for the annual London Book Fair. This year was as successful as ever, with thousands of book industry professionals in attendance throughout the week.

Read more about the highlights on The London Book Fair website.

Our roundups:

 

Follett buys Baker & Taylor:

In another spin of the merger and acquisition merry-go-round, Follett has purchased Baker & Taylor. This will take Follett’s annual sales to a colossal £2.5 billion, according to B&T’s private equity owner, Castle Harlan.

Read more about this story here.

 

Google comes out on top

Google have won a ten year battle against the American Authors Guild, after the US Supreme Court denied the right to appeal. Google was accused of copyright infringement after beginning to scan library books in 2004. President of the AAG, Roxana Robinson, said; “Today authors suffered a colossal loss. We filed the class action lawsuit against Google in September 2005 because, as we stated then, ‘Google’s taking was a plain and brazen violation of copyright law.’ We believed then and we believe now that authors should be compensated when their work is copied for commercial purposes.”

Read more about this story here.

 

Morrison, Coates, Redniss Win 2016 PEN Awards:

“In a warm and inviting affair at the New School in Manhattan on April 1, PEN America bestowed 18 awards, fellowships, grants, and prizes totalling nearly $200,000 at its annual PEN Literary Awards Ceremony.”

Read more about this story here.

 

BookExpo America returns to Chicago:

After a twelve year absence, BookExpo America returns to Chicago this year. New York has been the recent favourite, but lack of available dates has forced their hand. Event Director, Brien McDonald, said that the wish to bring BEA to an audience that hadn’t made it to New York previously also played a part in the decision, although they anticipate a fall in the number of international visitors.

Read more about this story here.

 

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