Thu, 27/11/2008 - 08:19
TV production giant Endemol has partnered with Kuwait-based publishing group Teshkeel Media to bring to life a new animated series based on its popular superhero comic books, THE 99.
The comic book series launched in 2006 and is illustrated and scripted by former and current Marvel and DC Comics writers and artists whose credits...
Thu, 27/11/2008 - 08:18
Expectations of Barack Obama in the US are running sky high, and so, as a result, are marketing opportunities.
According to the Financial Times, t-shirts and badges, commemorative coins and limited edition plates and even children's books are crowding on to the US market to mark Obama's historic victory and his imminent...
Thu, 27/11/2008 - 07:31
Newsnight presenter Gavin Esler is to moderate a book trade panel answering questions at a "Publishers Question Time" event hosted by the Society of Young Publishers on 21st January.
Publishers Association chief executive Simon Juden, Booksellers Association president Graham Rand and Penguin m.d. Helen Fraser will be among...
Wed, 26/11/2008 - 08:22
Woolworths shares have been suspended for the second time in a week, as the group continued to explore the sale of its distribution business. With insolvency looming, Woolworths might also struggle to pay staff at the end of the week, reports the Times.
Sources told the newspaper that administration was the most likely option...
Wed, 26/11/2008 - 08:21
Orion has postponed the release of one of its novels due to the resemblance of the story to the Baby P case. The Mother's Tale by Camilla Noli will now be published in September 2009 instead of it's original release date of January.
Angela McMahon, publicity manager at Orion, said that it was "really inappropriate at the...
Wed, 26/11/2008 - 08:18
The UK book trade is split over the prospect of Google's $125m deal with American publishers and authors. Publishers and authors have cautiously welcomed the deal so far, in stark opposition to booksellers, who believe it could be the death knell for their businesses, already facing major competition online from the likes of Amazon, and...
Wed, 26/11/2008 - 08:16
A new version of Amazon's Kindle is tentatively scheduled to go on sale early next year, according to the TechCrunch website. It was originally scheduled for release in October in time for this holiday season, but Bezos himself reportedly pulled the plug for last minute changes to the software.
The images that surfaced of the new...
Wed, 26/11/2008 - 08:12
Rachel Johnson beat Alastair Campbell to the dubious honour of winning the Bad Sex in Fiction award. The Literary Review's annual award was presented to Johnson for her novel Shire Hell last night (25th November), while a lifetime achievement award was also given to John Updike after the American author realised the "unique...
Wed, 26/11/2008 - 08:11
Total Q3 sales for Borders in the US fell 10%, to $693.4m, and the company posted a net loss of $172.2m for the period, but announced that it was no longer pursuing a sale of the business. The third quarter losses includes a series of one-time charges totaling $133.2 million, and excluding those charges the loss was about even with last year...
Wed, 26/11/2008 - 06:54
Even Google has admitted that it can no longer defy the elementary laws of economic gravity, reports the Times. The company is is cutting back its workforce - although not the permanent staff. Instead, it is reducing its 10,000-strong army of contractors, who are not entitled to the same benefits as full-time employees.
A spokesman for...