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News stories from the book world in March 2010

March 2010

UK book sales down, gift purchase up

22 March 2010

At the report back from the annual UK Books and Consumers report this week, Book Marketing Limited's Research director Steve Bohme pointed out some interesting changes in consumer behaviour relating to books.

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Bologna is looking good

15 March 2010

This year's Bologna Children's Book FairThe Bologna Children's Book Fair or La fiera del libro per ragazzi is the leading professional fair for children's books in the world. runs from 23 to 26 March and provides a good opportunity to have a look at the children's publishing industry. Not everything in the garden is lovely but children's trade (general) publishing is undoubtedly doing a lot better than its adult counterpart.  Read more

Explosion in titles published in the USA

8 March 2010

The staggering number of 285,000 new titles and editions were self-published and published by community presses in the US last year, balanced against a slightly lower figure of 275,000 coming from traditional publishing houses.  Read more

Quick Reads expand

1 March 2010

Next week's World Book Day on 4 March will celebrate five years of Quick Reads with a crop of new books by writers including Andy McNab, Cathy Kelly, Peter James and Alison Weir. The books are ideal for those who have lost the reading habit or who have never developed it.  Read more