Fri, 12/12/2008 - 08:17
MPG Books has acquired the assets of short-run digital book printer Biddles to form MPG Books Group, the largest independent book manufacturer in the UK.
According to Print Week, the assets of King's Lynn-based Biddles were acquired out of administration in a pre-packed deal by the newly incorporated MPG Biddles, sister...
Fri, 12/12/2008 - 08:16
Haynes has reported drop in sales in the second quarter of the current financial year (to 31st May 2009), due to the "worsening economic environment", and has predicted an "adverse impact" on trading results for the first six months.
In a trading update, the company stressed, however, that it continued "to be a...
Fri, 12/12/2008 - 06:37
The hoped for holiday boost for the US book industry did not materialise in early December. Unit sales slipped back in the first full week of the month, dropping 6.6% at the outlets who report their sales to Nielsen BookScan, according to Publishers Weekly.
For the week ending 7th December, total units were 20.7m, down from 22....
Fri, 12/12/2008 - 06:34
Tesco will launch a pre-Christmas sale today (12th December), slashing prices on 1,000 lines by up to 50%, in probably the biggest festive season sale so far announced.
According to the Times, the move will be concentrated on Christmas essentials, such as food, drink, toys and gifts. News of the sale will revive suspicion in the...
Thu, 11/12/2008 - 08:16
Richard Milner is to leave Pan Macmillan next Friday (19th December). Milner re-joined Pan Macmillan in 2004 as non-fiction publisher.
The company said Milner was looking to make a change and seek new opportunities in the publishing world. It added that Milner had led Pan Macmillan’s non-fiction publishing through a period of major...
Thu, 11/12/2008 - 07:17
The Independent Alliance looks set for a strong Christmas thanks to some robust sales. According to Nielsen BookScan data, sales of the alliance's top 50 books in November were up 70% on last year.
Will Atkinson, sales and marketing director at Faber said that the IA’s “fantastic” year was thanks to its full...
Thu, 11/12/2008 - 07:08
The Palestinian poet Ibrahim Nasrallah's Time of White Horses and the Egyptian novelist Mohamed el Bisatie's Hunger have made the shortlist of the 2009 International Prize for Arabic Fiction. The Iraqi-born author Inaam Kachachi is also among the six finalists for The American Granddaughter.
Thu, 11/12/2008 - 06:14
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation board is expected to consider offloading its book publishing arm, with Rupert Murdoch a likely recipient.
The licence to run ABC Books has been on the market for several months. Australian website Crikey writes that one unsuccessful bidder was understood to be Melbourne University Publishing, but...
Wed, 10/12/2008 - 08:05
Google Book Search has added magazines archives to its online collection, with articles now showing up in search results.
Google has partnered with a number of publishers to digitise their offerings and link them in the book search. This includes selections from New York magazine, which now has hundreds of issues online from as...
Wed, 03/12/2008 - 08:37
Gardening author Monty Don has left literary agency, Lucas Alexander Whitley, after seven years to join Peters Fraser and Dunlop (PFD).
Araminta Whitley, Don’s former agent at LAW, would not discuss the reasons behind Don’s decision to leave, but said: “It’s very amicable. We worked together for seven very...