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...
Wed, 12/06/2013 - 10:00
Walker Books will be publishing the second book in Stephan Pastis' Timmy Failure series on 25th February 2014, with the global acquisition brokered by Angharad Kowal of Writer's House.
Walker plans to support the follow-up title, Timmy Failure: Now Look What You've Done, through an "extensive consumer and trade...
Tue, 11/06/2013 - 12:36
Simon & Schuster Children's in both the UK and US will be publishing a picture book edition of Octopus's Garden by Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, a song he wrote 45 years ago.
The book will be illustrated by Ben Cort, the illustrator of Aliens Love Underpants, and will be published as a hardback edition...
Tue, 11/06/2013 - 12:26
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers has acquired the first middle grade title in a new series from Mattel, with the toy company to launch a range of products around the brand.
Ever After High: The Storybook of Legends will be written by bestselling writer Shannon Hale, and will debut simultaneously as a hardcover and e-book...
Tue, 11/06/2013 - 10:44
HarperCollins signed with Apple iBookstore ahead of its launch because of considerations for the publisher's parent company News Corp's larger relationship with the technology company, according to reports of the e-book price-fixing case yesterday [...
Tue, 11/06/2013 - 10:34
W H Allen has acquired a title by John Browne, former c.e.o. of BP, to be titled The Glass Closet.
The title is described as part memoir, part reportage and part analysis, and will address "the issue of homophobia that still pervades corporations around the world".
Lord Browne resigned from BP in 2007 as a...