Mon, 30/07/2012 - 08:00
Children's writers can access an audience of thousands of travellers with a new campaign run by Gatwick Airport. Aspiring authors are being asked to submit unpublished works to become short audiobooks, which can be downloaded by children travelling through the airport.
Gatwick is using the website Soundcloud to upload audiobooks...
Fri, 20/07/2012 - 14:18
Representatives from across the industry met yesterday (19th July) to discuss reading for enjoyment and how schools could be supported in adopting reading for pleasure strategies.
The meeting, organised by the National Literacy Trust, the Reading Agency and Booktrust, and backed by Pearson, follows Ofsted’s new requirement for...
Fri, 13/07/2012 - 08:25
Usborne is giving away extracts from its Usborne Spectator Guides to Olympic events through the Guardian. Some 15,000 copies of the guides covering Track and Field, Aquatics, Cycling and Gymnastics will be given away through Waitrose stores on 14th July in a promotion developed by marketing company Mostra.
Thu, 12/07/2012 - 10:04
Publishers are "missing out" on e-book sales to schools because of the lack of a business model and a platform where schools can buy e-books for lending, said Andrea Carr, m.d. of educational and digital publisher Rising Stars.
While schools are now embracing e-books, particularly over the past 18 months, Carr said: "...
Fri, 06/07/2012 - 08:59
Egmont is extending its sales activity to independent bookshops and the gift sector across the UK and may develop its publishing programme to support these areas.
Gillian Laskier, group sales director for Egmont UK, said changes in the market had prompted it to revisit its sales to these sectors. “Children’s book sales...
Fri, 06/07/2012 - 08:52
Author Annabel Pitcher has won the Branford Boase Award for début writers with her title My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece, alongside her editor Fiona Kennedy at Orion Children’s Books.
Pitcher has previously been shortlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal, the Red House Children’s Book Award and The...
Mon, 02/07/2012 - 14:30
A report into boys’ reading has found that three out of four UK schools are worried about boys underachieving in reading, but that there is no national strategy to tackle it. Last year some 60,000 boys failed to reach the expected level in reading at age 11.
The Boys’ Reading Commission, conducted by the All-...
Mon, 02/07/2012 - 08:05
Boxer Books m.d. David Bennett expects to see a "significant increase" in trade sales when the company starts to handle its own UK sales in November. Boxer Books also aims to increase its young fiction publishing in the autumn, and to launch new e-books and apps in 2013.
Bennett said: "In this climate, as a small...
Fri, 29/06/2012 - 08:05
Greetings card manufacturer Cardooo is looking to expand into the book trade with a range of “book in a card” products.
Nick Kenney, c.e.o. of parent company Best Publishing Ever and formerly head of export at Faber, said he had developed the range of cards to provide booksellers with a “non-book product” that...
Mon, 25/06/2012 - 15:07
Scholastic UK group m.d. Alan Hurcombe is to leave his post.
The publisher said that Hurcombe, who joined Scholastic 10 years ago and has been at the UK helm since 2009, will depart on the 31st July "to pursue other interests".
Hurcombe said: “Ten years is a long time for anyone to be with one company and...