Wed, 25/08/2010 - 08:40
John Blake has acquired world rights to a fully authorised biography of last year's "X Factor" finalists Jedward.
The 18-year-old twins, known individually as John and Edward Grimes, came sixth in the talent show, and have since released two singles and an album.
Blake bought Jedward—Our Story, by...
Mon, 23/08/2010 - 14:35
Gollancz has appointed Darren Nash to the newly-created role of digital publisher.
Nash joins from Orbit, where he was editorial director. Gollancz said he would be responsible for "the imprint's progress into its digital future", which will include developing enhanced e-books and apps, backlist projects, building virtual...
Mon, 09/08/2010 - 07:50
Faber is to publish a children’s series of novels about a young girl “mad about dancing” by former “Strictly Come Dancing” judge Arlene Phillips.
Aimed at readers aged seven and up, Faber is positioning Alana Dancing Star as “the must-have in girls’ fiction this year”. The series...
Sun, 08/08/2010 - 17:00
The agency model has come under increased scrutiny in the UK following the news that Amazon was poised to launch a co.uk Kindle Store, with the retailer insisting publishers will not be able to set the price of e-books.
One publisher told The Bookseller Apple had already begun to soften its agency terms prior to Amazon's...
Fri, 06/08/2010 - 10:33
Faber has acquired a début novel by "a powerful new literary voice"—belonging to "Spiderman" actor James Franco.
Editor Walter Donohue bought UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, to Palo Alto from Simon & Schuster for an undisclosed sum. Faber will publish in January 2011.
Fri, 06/08/2010 - 10:30
Sceptre has bought a book by "extraordinary" Nick Papadimitriou, who has spent much of his adult life walking and documenting the miles surrounding his home in Child's Hill, north London, in a study he calls "deep topography".
Jocasta Hamilton, deputy publisher at Sceptre, acquired British...
Fri, 06/08/2010 - 08:22
HMV-owned music chain Fopp is to open an outlet in Waterstone's London Gower Street branch.
The store will be located on the ground floor with its own separate entrance, and will measure 2,000 sq ft, Retail Week reports...
Fri, 06/08/2010 - 05:28
Weltbild is back in business after a period of extensive restructuring
Figures for fiscal 2009/10 (to end-June) show turnover up slightly to €1.65bn (£1.37bn), establishing the Bavaria-based company once again as Germany’s largest bookselling operation with a market share of 18%. As a privately held business Weltbild...
Thu, 05/08/2010 - 08:30
Quercus has seen revenue almost triple to £15m for the first six months of the year, making a profit of £3.4m compared with a loss of £100,000 compared with the same period in 2009.
The publisher's board said performance for the six months ended 30 June 2010. "across all sectors [has] continued to be well ahead...
Thu, 05/08/2010 - 07:46
The financial press has been speculating over who is likely to buy Barnes & Noble, and whether the company may be attractive enough to even command a deal.