Mon, 02/12/2013 - 11:39
HarperCollins is reprinting thousands of copies of David Walliams’ The Slightly Annoying Elephant, after a boat carrying the books to Britain from China fell victim to the St Jude storm.
The storm struck the Maersk Salina ship in Bay of Biscay, which was carrying around 30,000 copies of the book, Walliams' first...
Mon, 02/12/2013 - 08:45
Bonnier Publishing has appointed Helen Bower as group UK sales and marketing director.
Bower will take up the role on 20th January 2014 and joins from Hachette Children’s Books, where she is currently mass market sales director of the children’s division.
“I am delighted to be joining the team...
Thu, 28/11/2013 - 08:00
David Walliams has postponed his planned book event for HarperCollins, "The World of Walliams Mega Event". The writer and comedian was advised to cancel all remaining work commitments because of back problems.
Walliams will undergo...
Thu, 14/11/2013 - 17:16
Scholastic has apologised for a children’s book that omits Israel from a map of the Middle East.
The book, Thea Stilton and the Blue Scarab Hunt, published in September, is part of the Geronimo Stilton children’s series and tells the story of journalists going on a treasure hunt in Egypt. A map showing the region...
Thu, 14/11/2013 - 11:48
Sales of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Hard Luck, the eighth book in the series from Jeff Kinney, have reached more than 1.3m copies in its first week of sale, Penguin has announced.
The figure applies to sales worldwide and across all formats. The total number of copies in print worldwide is now 115m.
In the US, the book...
Mon, 17/06/2013 - 09:24
The Society of Authors has ignited a public row with publishers over e-book lending terms, after releasing a report saying some were underpaying their authors and accusing two publishers specifically of “incorrectly” accounting for the loans as sales. In response, the Publishers Association said the SoA’s public statements...
Mon, 17/06/2013 - 09:22
Penguin Children’s is planning to build on audiobook sales growth, as it launches a new series of Roald Dahl recordings narrated by actors including Kate Winslet and Dan Stevens. The publisher has worked with Pinewood Film Studios to develop unique sound effects to accompany the narration.
The starry recordings feature well-...
Thu, 13/06/2013 - 10:00
Publisher Kate Parkin is moving from John Murray to fellow Hachette stablemate Hodder & Stoughton, filling a "commissioning gap" on the team.
Parkin will be starting in her new role in September.
Jamie Hodder-Williams, c.e.o. of H&S, Headline and John Murray Press, said: "I am delighted to announce that...
Wed, 12/06/2013 - 10:32
Trade publishers contacted by the Society of Authors over the issue of e-book lending are using a disparate mix of contracts and models of payment for author royalties on digital loans, with the SoA writing to publishers Random House and Bloomsbury to challenge them over their "incorrect" accounting methods.
The Society of...
Wed, 12/06/2013 - 10:02
Hodder & Stoughton has acquired a new title by chef Gino D'Acampo, with plans to publish this autumn.
Lifestyle editorial director Nicky Ross bought world rights in the new title, Gino's Italian Escape, with the deal brokered by head of publishing at ITV Studios Global Entertainment Shirley Patton. The title will be...