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06 July 2020


The latest news about publishing and books in Scotland. The most recent news items are  highlighted in the list to the left. For older items, browse through the news pages or search using any one or all of the filters.

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  • 20 June 2020
    News, Events

    Independent Bookshop Week 2020 will take place 20 to 27 June. It's run by the Booksellers Association, and this year will celebrate the resilient spirit of indie bookshops.

  • 19 June 2020
    News, Awards and prizes

    The literary awards season is underway and Scotland's independent publishers are sweeping the boards, winning major literary awards across a wide range of categories.

  • 18 June 2020
    News, Awards and prizes

    Many congratulations to award-winning author and poet Donald S Murray who has won the Society of Authors’ Paul Torday Memorial Prize for his debut novel As the Women Lay Dreaming, published by Saraband.

  • 17 June 2020
    News, Awards and prizes

    Huge congratulations to Anthony McGowan whose book Lark has won the 2020 CILIP Carnegie Medal. We are also extremely delighted for his publisher Edinburgh-based Barrington Stoke which is the first Scottish publisher to receive the CILIP Carnegie Medal in its 84-year history.

  • 11 June 2020
    News, Awards and prizes

    Submissions for the 2020 Highland Book Prize are open. Entries will be accepted until 5pm on Wednesday 19 August 2020.

  • 10 June 2020
    News, Awards and prizes

    Entries for this year's Costa Book Awards should be submitted by Tuesday 30 June 2020.

  • 5 June 2020
    News, Digital, Industry

    PEC has published the final weekly report of its 6-week study (9 April to 20 May 2020) of cultural consumption in the UK during the Covid-19 lockdown. In the e-publishing category it found that the median time those surveyed spent reading ebooks/listening to audio books was 2 hours per day.

  • 29 May 2020
    News, Industry

    With Bertrams currently up for sale, the BA Group's technology arm, Batch, will take over the running of Bertline to provide consistency to BA members.

  • 28 May 2020
    News, Publishers

    The contributors to a free eBook - Stay at Home! - published by Cranachan Publishing, have been thanked in a motion to the Scottish Parliament. The book is available to download from the publisher's website or from

  • 27 May 2020
    News, Industry

    Jenni Fagan, Ian Rankin and Janey Godley are among the writers of digital short artworks for the Scenes of Survival collection launched on 27 May 2020. The works are available to view on the National Theatre of Scotland website.