Wed, 22/05/2013 - 14:00
Amazon Publishing has announced the imminent launch of Kindle Worlds [www.amazon.com/kindleworlds] a commercial publishing platform enabling fan fiction to be sold online.
Amazon has obtained licenses from Warner Bros Television Group's Alloy Entertainment division for Cecily von Ziegesar's Gossip Girl series, Sarah Shepard...
Wed, 22/05/2013 - 09:15
Granta proprietor and publisher Sigrid Rausing is to take over full operational and executive control of Granta Publications, following the departure of Philip Gwyn Jones from the executive publisher role this summer.
Jones' departure is described as part of a reorganisation which follows the resignations of magazine editor John...
Wed, 22/05/2013 - 06:30
The auction of 50 first editions annotated by their authors, held at Sotheby's last night (21st May) in support of English PEN, raised a total of £439,200.
The star lot, a first edition of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, containing author J K Rowling's personal annotations and illustrations, was...
Tue, 21/05/2013 - 14:16
Macmillan Education has announced a global partnership with personalised learning specialists Knewton to produce a new generation of digital English Language teaching materials.
The publisher's Knewton-enhanced materials will become available to students in 2015 and will offer "a fully adaptive experience, featuring real-time...
Fri, 17/05/2013 - 09:51
Booksellers from across Europe have urged European Commission representatives to act over the use of closed e-book systems by major market players such as Apple and Amazon.
At the European and International Booksellers Federation conference in Brussels yesterday (16th May), industry members from different countries urged the...
Thu, 16/05/2013 - 13:00
There is no convincing technological reason preventing e-book interoperability between different formats and platforms, giving customers a free choice to shop in different e-book stores, a report from the European and International Booksellers Federation has said. But the Federation said open e-book platforms did not suit the business models...
Tue, 14/05/2013 - 09:12
The Ed Victor literary agency has formed a link-up with United Agents for the handling of film, television and theatrical rights.
Charlie Campbell from Ed Victor and Georgina Lewis for United Agents will head up the arrangement under the director of EV Ltd chairman Ed Victor and St John Donald, the managing director of UA.
Fri, 10/05/2013 - 09:02
Oxford University Press Children’s is set to launch into Cornish language publishing with the Oxford Children’s Cornish–English Visual Dictionary, one in a new series of bilingual dictionaries for children aged eight-plus.
The dictionaries, to be published on 6th June (£9.99, paperback), take a themed...
Wed, 08/05/2013 - 16:00
Five academic publishers are trialling a pilot programme with the US-based Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) provider Coursera.
Cengage Learning, Macmillan Higher Education, Oxford University Press, Sage and Wiley are experimenting with offering Coursera students versions of their e-textbooks, delivered via a DRM-protected e-reader...
Tue, 07/05/2013 - 09:30
An independent analysis of the economic value of public investment in arts and culture, published by Arts Council England, shows the sector generates a "significant" return on government spending.
The analysis, by the Centre for Economics and Business Research (CEBR) shows that arts and culture - including book publishing as...