Thu, 11/12/2008 - 14:00
The head of the Iraqi National Library and Archive in Baghdad has been hailed as "an inspiration and a role model to our profession" by British Library chief executive Dame Lynne Brindley.
Dr Saad Eskander was presented with an Honorary Fellowship of The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) for...
Thu, 11/12/2008 - 08:15
New Holland Publishing has made seven staff members redundant, and frozen one additional post, as the downturn bites UK publishing.
The redundancies, across the sales, marketing and editorial departments, represent 15% of its workforce. New Holland is an illustrated and non-fiction publisher, and a subsidiary of New Holland Publishing...
Thu, 11/12/2008 - 08:13
Time Out's John O'Connell has become the second literary editor in a fortnight to lose his job. O'Connell has been made redundant and will leave before Christmas. It is understood that Time Out's books coverage will be considerably scaled back after January.
The news comes after...
Thu, 11/12/2008 - 08:03
The Association of Senior and Educational Librarians (ASCEL) has added its voice to the fierce debate on age-banding of children's books. ASCEL put its name to the "No to Age Banding" website set up by authors Philip Pullman and Anne Fine who are campaigning against the move. ASCEL stated that reading was "not hierarchical...
Mon, 08/12/2008 - 14:17
Novelist Douglas Coupland has moved to Wm Heinemann, after the publisher beat off five others to buy UK and Commonwealth rights in two novels. The "major" deal was done with Eric Simonoff at Janklow & Nesbit.
The first novel will be titled Generation A in a mirroring of Coupland's famous debut Generation X...
Thu, 04/12/2008 - 16:16
When news broke in September that Bloomsbury was to make a bold move into academic publishing with an "on-demand" imprint which would publish titles online for free, Frances Pinter—Bloomsbury Academic's publisher—had an extraordinary level of response.
"I received 1,000 emails in 24 hours," she says...
Fri, 28/11/2008 - 08:54
Poet Laureate Andrew Motion has branded accusations that he had failed to act as an advocate for the public library service as “a piece of personal rudeness" and “spectacular proof of ignorance".
Motion was reacting to comments made by library campaigner Desmond Clarke who argued that the poet should have done more...
Thu, 27/11/2008 - 15:40
Entertainment, travel, printing, paper and freight costs are all under intense scrutiny as publishers scan their cost base for ways to make savings in difficult times. All contracts with suppliers are understood to be subject to tough negotiation, while publishers are also looking at process improvement measures, such as shortening the time...
Thu, 27/11/2008 - 14:52
A new paperback edition of Kate Summerscale’s The Suspicions of Mr Whicher (Bloomsbury) will carry a photograph of the famous 19th-century detective Jack Whicher for the first time. The book will also carry a new afterword by the author explaining how the image was found.
After the first success of the book, which tells of...
Thu, 27/11/2008 - 08:33
Educational and academic publishers are risking a major skills gap in 10 years because of an over-reliance on outsourcing to save costs. This was the consensus of publishing staff at a campaign meeting hosted by National Union of Journalists and Unite, the UK's biggest trade union.
The "Stand Up for Quality in Academic and...