Thu, 23/04/2009 - 07:10
Original signed artwork by authors and illustrators, including The Mighty Boosh and Jasper Fforde, is being auctioned by The Book Depository for charity. The online bookseller organised the auction in aid of DownsEd, a charity improving education for children with Downs syndrome, to start at 8pm today. It will close at 8pm on Sunday 3rd May and...
Mon, 20/04/2009 - 14:40
Independent publishers have triumphed on the shortlists for this year’s British Book Trade Awards, which were revealed at the London Book Fair by Richard Cable, m.d. of Random House CCV, the current publisher of the year.
The shortlist for the Lightning Source Independent Publisher of the Year Award comprises: Alastair Sawday...
Fri, 30/01/2009 - 08:20
Amazon has announced fourth quarter sales exceeding analysts' estimates, with revenue rising 18% to $6.7bn (£4.69bn) and net income increasing 9% to $225m (£157m) in the period to 31st December 2008. For the full year, earnings rose 36% to $645m (£451m), with revenue rising 29% to $19.17bn (£13.4bn).
Fri, 30/01/2009 - 05:19
Australian authors are up in arms about a government review of the country's copyright laws.
According to the Guardian, in an impassioned response to the review, the Booker prize-winning author Peter Carey argued against making any changes.
"As long as we have a territorial copyright our publishers have a...
Fri, 30/01/2009 - 04:25
W H Smith is eyeing several former Woolworths stores as it seeks to extend its portfolio by 44 shops by the end of its financial year in August.
According to Retail Week, the books to stationery retailer will open 10 high street stores and 32 travel shops by August to add to its total portfolio of 807 stores.
Fri, 30/01/2009 - 01:15
Wendy Cope, a favourite to succeed Andrew Motion as Poet Laureate, has called for the post to be abolished. Writing in the Royal Society of Literature Review, she says the position has far too many expectations attached to it.
She suggests that a good poet can write about public events without holding an official title. The government...
Thu, 29/01/2009 - 23:16
San Francisco-based manga publisher Viz Media is launching Haikasoru, an imprint dedicated to publishing Japanese science fiction and fantasy in English translation.
In what Viz claims to be a first in North America, the new imprint will be directed by noted science fiction author Nick Mamatas, reports Publishers Weekly....
Thu, 29/01/2009 - 23:14
A biopic of Ian Fleming is in the works. According to Empire Online, "Fleming" is being produced by Leonardo DiCaprio's Appian Way production company, and will be written by John Orloff, whose previous work includes "A Mighty Heart", as well as two episodes of "Band of Brothers".
Thu, 29/01/2009 - 23:00
Historians Robert Dallek and Sean Wilentz and author-essayist Barbara Ehrenreich are among the more than 100 writers who have signed an open letter asking the Washington Post not to shut down its stand-alone Sunday Book World section.
"Few forums besides Book World introduce so many readers to so many...
Thu, 29/01/2009 - 08:17
The Washington Post has confirmed it is killing its literary supplement Book World as a separate section and moving its coverage of books and publishing elsewhere in the paper.
According to the newspaper, coverage will be shifted to the Style section and a revamped Outlook section, and it will publish about three-...