Thu, 08/04/2010 - 07:37
Flammarion chief executive Teresa Cremisi has been appointed chief of RCS Libri, which comprises all the publishing houses and imprints of Italian parent company RCS MediaGroup. These include Rizzoli, Bompiani, BUR, Sonzogno, Fabbri, Adelphi, Marsilio and RL, a joint venture with the Mauri Spagnol Group.
Cremisi, who became Flammarion c....
Mon, 05/04/2010 - 09:52
The Paris Book Fair closed its doors last night (31st March) with both good and bad news to report. Visitor numbers declined by about 7% from last year to an estimated 190,000 from 204,000, but some publishers reported heatlhy increases in sales, perhaps benefitting from the absence of Hachette Livre and other houses.
Debates and author...
Tue, 30/03/2010 - 13:09
Gallimard and two other French publishers plan to sue Google for scanning books without prior permission. The move was announced at the Paris Book Fair by Gallimard chief executive Antoine Gallimard.
Gallimard told an audience at a conference on digitisation that "contacts with Google at the beginning of the year led us to hope for...
Fri, 26/03/2010 - 07:24
The Paris Book Fair opens today for six days facing the biggest crisis of its 30 years of existence and a power struggle at the top of its organiser, the French Publishers Association (Syndicat National de l’Edition, SNE).
The months preceeding the event were marked by a pullout or scaling back of Hachette Livre, Bayard, La...
Thu, 25/03/2010 - 08:26
Google has lost its appeal not to publish last December's court ruling for two weeks on the Google Livres website.
The 18th December verdict ordered Google to pay €300,000 in damages to the La Martinière group for digitising copyrighted books without permission and €10,000 for each day that contested titles
Tue, 23/03/2010 - 08:40
A major row has erupted over the appointment of a new president of the French Publishers Association just a few days before the troubled Paris Book Fair opens on Friday.
The French trade weekly Livres Hebdo reported last Friday that the Syndicat National de l’Edition (SNE) board had elected Editis chief executive Alain...
Tue, 16/03/2010 - 05:03
Book sales in France fell by 7% in January, and probably did little better in February, despite having held up reasonably well last year, according to the French trade weekly Livres Hebdo.
The January slump, recorded by the magazine’s indicator Livres Hebdo/1+C, was sharper in the provinces than in Paris and came despite...
Thu, 11/03/2010 - 09:04
A senior Reed Exhibitions manager has accused Hachette Livre of denigrating the Paris Book Fair, which opens for six days on 26th March.
An article on the Hachette Livre online book club site Myboox said that the group was scaling back its display area from 900 to 800 sq metres because of the "exorbitant" rates charged by Reed...
Wed, 10/03/2010 - 15:57
Seven independent booksellers with nine outlets between them in eastern Paris have launched France’s first collective portal for selling new books. The website was launched last night and began operating at 10 am this morning (10th March).
Although the French Booksellers Association (Syndicat de la Librairie Franç...
Mon, 08/02/2010 - 06:33
Brentano's 'American' bookshop in central Paris should re-open before the end of next week, following its last-minute rescue last autumn from liquidation and a full renovation. The store's former director Chantal Bodez will run the book section.
The emblematic store at 37 avenue de l'Opéra, which stopped...