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thebookseller.com 08 TUESDAY 04.2014 NEWS US confidence sets LBF agenda BY THE BOOKSELLER NEWS TEAM


A buoyant US market will set the agenda at the 2014 London Book Fair, with a strong Stateside presence driving a wave of deals. US agents have said that the


country’s successful handling of the transition to digital has been key in boosting spirits across the Atlantic. Recent statistics from the Association of American Publishers showed that e-book sales growth had slowed: adult trade e-books brought in $1.3bn in revenue in 2013, up 3.8% year on year, compared to a year-on-year rise of 38.5% in 2012. Robert Gottlieb, chairman of


New York-based Trident Media Group, said: “I’ll be in London with five agents, and we’re feeling bullish about the work we can do here, with some big deals on the cards. The market in the US remains very strong and there’s no question that the strength of digital is working on a lot of levels for publishers— whether it’s monetising backlist titles or keeping down overheads. In the UK, there’s a way to go, but I think it will catch up.” Andrew Wylie of The Wylie


Agency agreed, saying: “Things have moved faster in the US . . . things are clearer”. He added that he expected having the advantage of a more developed market would underpin a buoyant fair. “I’ve just


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come back from a trip around Europe and I was pleased to see that people were fairly optimistic,” he said. Several UK agents and publishers said they were expecting a strong influence from the US at this year’s fair. “It seems there are many more American publishers coming this year, which is a good sign,” Ed Victor Ltd agent Sophie Hicks said. Toby Mundy, publisher at


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Sceptre has signed a further two novels on the eve of the fair from author David Mitchell, together with a sequel to The Reason I Jump, a translation by Mitchell and his wife of the memoir of autistic teen Naoki Higashida. Publishing director Carole Welch bought UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) from Jonny Geller at Curtis Brown. The sequel will be published in 2015, while the first of the novels will be out in 2018. US rights to the three books were acquired for Random House by vice-president and executive editor David Ebershoff.


DSV helps Harper Collins reduce supply chain costs and cut carbon emissions


Since acquiring SBS Worldwide last year, DSV, the world’s sixth largest logistics company, has greatly strengthened its expertise in the publishing supply chain. Former SBS chairman Steve Walker and members of his team have joined DSV to continue the ground breaking developments that SBS was well known for in enhancing distribution centres and supply chains for both publishers and printers. The introduction of slip-sheets is the latest innovative move that will help publishers reduce supply chain costs and cut carbon emissions. One publisher which is currently trialling the slip-sheets is Harper Collins UK. Slip-sheets take up significantly less room than traditional pallets, allowing up to 15% more books to be stacked into the sea freight container. If all goes well in the trials, Harper Collins will transition its Glasgow operation over to slip-sheets by 1 June 2014. Mike Levaggi says: “This is a real opportunity to get the best of both worlds – the improved space utilisation of loose loading with the reduced handling and speed of palletised deliveries. This is a great example of collaboration between supplier and customer resulting in a true win-win. ” This innovative idea is just one of many that DSV/SBS has introduced to publishers’ supply chains.


For more information, please join DSV/SBS at its drinks evening Tuesday 8th, ctc Mitchell.shanahan@uk.dsv.com


Atlantic Books, added: “There’s a strong contingent of Americans coming, and generally there is a bit more confidence.” Hannah Westland, publisher


at Serpent’s Tail, said there was also a strong American theme to submissions. “Lots of American stuff is coming in. I think I’ve seen five American short-story collections in the past week—perhaps it’s the George Saunders effect?”


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