Wed, 27/02/2013 - 17:15
The European Union is on schedule to make an initial decision by early April on whether the Random House/Penguin merger does or does not "raise serious doubts as to its compatibility with the common market".
The EU has set a provisional deadline of 5th April for phase one of its examination of the merger.
Fri, 07/12/2012 - 09:00
Strong differences have emerged within the trade over the effectiveness of Digital Rights Management (DRM) on e-book files.
The issue came to the fore as divided views were voiced on DRM at this week's FutureBook Conference (3rd December). Little, Brown c.e.o. Ursula Mackenzie, who is also president of the...
Fri, 09/11/2012 - 08:30
The merger of Penguin Children's Books and Random House Children's Books within the trade giant Penguin Random House has been described as a meeting of "titans", arousing mixed reactions from the wider trade.
Scout John McLay said: "They both have a lot of strengths‚ Penguin seems to be focusing more on...
Fri, 05/10/2012 - 11:05
A first novel from Little, Brown¹s editor-in-chief Antonia Hodgson is among the hot deals being signed ahead of next week's Frankfurt Book Fair.
Hodder publisher Nick Sayers has bought UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada), including ebook and audio, in Hodgson's novel, The Devil in the Marshalsea, a...
Thu, 19/07/2012 - 15:40
Penguin c.e.o. John Makinson has said there is a "natural convergence" between traditional and self-publishing businesses, brushing off concerns that its acquisition today (19th July) of self-publishing company Author...
Mon, 02/04/2012 - 08:26
Publishers have made a flurry of "major" acquisitions and additions to their schedules ahead of LBF, with Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins and Quercus all making big pre-fair acquisitions.
HarperCollins has bought world rights in two new books from "X-Factor" pop band One Direction. Non-fiction publishing...
Mon, 11/04/2011 - 09:45
Literary agents are privately discussing removing a clause preventing them from acting as publishers in the UK Association of Authors' Agents constitution.
The issue is not yet on the agenda of the next AAA meeting but the debate was sparked following Sonia Land's decision to publish Catherine Cookson's backlist...
Sun, 31/10/2010 - 09:18
The controversy surrounding the Publishers Association's guidelines on e-book lending, which recommend that users go to a library to borrow a digital title, shows no signs of abating with the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals the latest library body to accuse it of being "restrictive" for library users....
Thu, 21/10/2010 - 09:30
Author events, library funding and discretionary spending on books could all be under threat after cost-cutting measures were announced in the Comprehensive Spending Review yesterday (21st October).
The government has been warned that the Comprehensive Spending Review should not lead to “the demolition” of the public...
Wed, 20/10/2010 - 16:27
Richard Mollet c.e.o. of the Publishers Association has warned that local councils will be left "with tough choices to make on funding for libraries", following the Comprehensive Spending Review (CSR) set out today (20th). Arts bodies have also raised concerns over the 30% cut in Arts Council funding, as part of an overall budget...