• Mon, 03/12/2012 - 12:39

    After a shocker in 2011 and a poor first half in 2012, the celebrities are makine a come-back this autumn.

    Five of the current top 10 bestselling books in the UK are penned by famous faces: Jamie Oliver, Miranda Hart, Rod Stewart, Cheryl Cole and Bradley Wiggins, while a handful of others (the Hairy Bikers, Keith Lemon, Clare Balding...

  • Tue, 13/04/2010 - 10:30

    Simon and Schuster UK has signed three books by American actress and singer
 Hilary Duff.

    World rights were bought by Simon & Schuster US for two fiction books and
 one non-fiction title, looking at the challenges faced by children during 
divorce. S&S UK said it paid a "large" sum for UK &...

  • Thu, 07/01/2010 - 15:48

    This time last year, in The Bookseller's review of 2008, it was written: "we, perhaps fittingly, have the much pilloried celebrities to thank for saving what could have been an even poorer end to the year".

    So much changes in just 12 months.

    Last month, sales were down 1.2% on December 2008 in spending terms and it was...

  • Wed, 23/12/2009 - 09:10

    Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol (Bantam Press) is the book trade's Christmas number one, in a week when poor weather badly affected sales.

    Brown's bestseller sold 58,468 copies at UK book retailers last week, 2,546 copies more than Guinness World Records 2010 in second position. As the charts are based on single...

  • Tue, 08/12/2009 - 16:01

    Book sales jumped by almost a third last week, led by a hardback non-fiction sector firmly on the rebound following poor October and November sales.

    According to Nielsen BookScan data, 8.1m books were snapped up at UK book retailers last week, up 29% week on week, with spending up 28.2% to £61.9m. Sales were up 3% on the same week...

  • Tue, 17/11/2009 - 07:29

    And so the ninth (the NINTH!) series of "I'm a Celebrity...Get Me Out of Here!" began at the weekend, mere minutes after Jedward somehow survived for yet another week on "The X Factor".

    Ninth series? REALLY!? Who on Earth are the eight previous winners of the show? I can only remember one, and even then I can only...

  • Sun, 08/11/2009 - 09:55

    Retailers are concerned about the performance of hardback non-fiction books in the run-up to Christmas, despite hardback fiction books "muscling" in to replace some of the lost revenue.
    Sales of this year’s top 10 non-fiction books in October were down 52% year on year, while sales of hardback fiction titles have soared by...

  • Fri, 06/11/2009 - 14:03

    Some famous people can write (Obama, Bogarde etc). Most can't but they are still beautiful marketing and packaging tools in a world where newspapers will always interview a famous actress or singer rather than an unknown novelist. Editors in the mass media know what most of us want to read and talk about.

    It was always thus. Jackie...

  • Thu, 29/10/2009 - 00:22

    Do you know how many English pounds have been spent on Peter Kay's The Sound of Laughter at UK bookshops since it was published in October 2006?

    Take a guess.

    No, you're wrong.

    The answer is £12.6million. What about Jeremy Clarkson? How much have his numerous books taken through the tills? Any ideas? If you said...

  • Tue, 20/10/2009 - 07:40

    "Author anger as stars stampede to write a novel just like Jordan," is a headline in today's Daily Mail. "The trend [for celebrity written fiction books] has caused outrage among more traditional authors, who accuse publishers of accepting poor-quality manuscripts because they have a famous name attached,"...

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