Sun, 25/07/2010 - 10:00
UK publishers are snappng at the heels of those in the US for e-book sales, with the UK's largest house revealing the digital format accounts for around 8% of frontlist sales by volume.
Earlier this week, Amazon.com revealed that paid-for e-books had outsold hardbacks on a unit basis by nearly 150 for every 100 for the three months...
Fri, 23/07/2010 - 08:30
Oxford University Press has reported a pretax profit of £98.5m for the year to end-March, up more than 10% on the previous 12 months. Both profit and revenues increased over the period, as turnover grew from £578.7m to £611.9m. Profits for 2008/9 were £88.7m.
Nigel Portwood, chief executive and secretary to the...
Thu, 22/07/2010 - 16:16
Last year Francis Wheen's excellent book on the 1970s, Strange Days Indeed (Fourth Estate), noted that in looking back at the decade there was a tendency to dress it up as one big Abba song.
Although that sounds like hell to me, the point was clear: in memoirs, novels, TV shows and films the decade had morphed from what was...
Thu, 22/07/2010 - 15:35
Publishers and retailers have questioned the move made by The Wylie Agency to launch a digital-only imprint in an exclusive deal with Amazon, with Random House US questioning the legality of the move and bookseller Waterstone's calling the arrangement "disappointing".
Late yesterday, the New York-based literary agency...
Thu, 22/07/2010 - 14:54
Literary independent publisher Alma Books has been awarded a grant of more than £12,000 by Arts Council England, through the National Lottery, for the publication of two books.
This is the first time the publisher, founded by Italian husband and wife team Elisabetta Minervini and Alessandro Gallenzi, has received funding since...
Thu, 22/07/2010 - 09:00
Publishers have been giving a spirited defence of their stance towards e-book royalties, after being criticised by members of the author and agent community.
Evan Schnittman, outgoing vice-president of global corporate and business development at OUP, criticised comments made by Society of Authors (SoA) chair Tom Holland and agent...
Thu, 22/07/2010 - 08:10
David Walliams was among the winners of the inaugural People's Book Prize, which took place at London's Stationers Hall yesterday (21st July).
The People’s Book Prize launched last summer and was voted for exclusively by the public. Titles in three genres – fiction, non-fiction and children's literature –...
Thu, 22/07/2010 - 07:19
Pan Macmillan's senior publicist Jacqui Graham is leaving the company after more than 32 years in her role.
During her time at the publisher, Graham has worked on a number of key titles, including Douglas Adams' Hitchikers Guide to the Galaxy, Bret Easton Ellis' Less Than Zero and William Shawcross's...
Wed, 21/07/2010 - 17:00
Fig Tree has signed up rights to a novel by the editor of British Vogue.
Juliet Annan, publishing director of Fig Tree, said she "jumped" on the book, after only seeing the first third.
Annan snapped up world English territories to the untitled work by Alexandra Shulman from Eugenie Furniss at William Morris...
Wed, 21/07/2010 - 08:21
Cancer, mental illness, youth violence and pirates are just some of the themes covered in the shortlists for The Forward Prizes 2010. On the Best Collection shortlist two former category winners will compete with poets on the list for the first time. Seamus Heaney has been nominated for the prize alongside Robin Robertson, previous winner of...