Here is this month’s roundup of the publishing industry news from June 2016.

EU Referendum – The authors’ reactions

So, as everyone knows, the UK has voted to leave the European Union. Take a look at the reactions of those in the publishing industry who’ve expressed their views on Twitter.
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HarperCollins launches BAME training scheme

HarperCollins will start taking applications for a year-long training course targeted for BAME (Black, Asian and minority ethnic) graduates. The purpose of this is to help overcome the lack of representation of BAME individuals within the publishing industry.
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What Brexit means for book publishing

After the whirlwind of the EU referendum, with the pound’s value having nosedived, along with the Prime Minister resigning, what could this mean for the book industry?
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Microsoft to buy LinkedIn for $26.2 billion

Announced on Monday afternoon, Microsoft will be buying LinkedIn, the biggest deal in Microsoft’s history. Jeff Weiner, LinkedIn’s chief executive, will remain in charge of the business and Microsoft promised that “LinkedIn will retain its distinct brand, culture, and independence”.
The deal has been approved by both boards and is expected to close this year.
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Simon & Schuster has launched the BOOKMOM blog

Simon & Schuster will launch a new blog called BOOKMOM, which is for sharing reading recommendations for parents. A mother of two, Garfield, will publish weekly posts with her debut being “How to read a book to a baby and toddler”.
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Barnes & Noble bets on physical bookstores to improve profits

Barnes & Noble, the largest retail bookseller in the United States, plans to improve earnings through increasing sales in physical bookstores as well as through their website. The Fortune 500 company will be opening new cafés twice the size of existing ones in the hope that it will drive more customers to the bookstores.
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Apple begins to pay up after price-fixing suit

Apple has begun to pay out $400 million to customers who were overcharged for eBooks, after a court ruling that apple had conspired with five publishers to fix prices. They’ve begun refunding customers with store credit on user’s account on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo and iTunes.
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