Tue, 31/01/2012 - 15:22
Pan Macmillan has acquired the autobiography of former home secretary Jack Straw.
Macmillan editorial director Georgina Morley bought world rights through Georgina Capel at Capel & Land, with the book to be published in September 2012, at the start of the political conference season.
Straw has been a Labour MP for 33 years...
Tue, 31/01/2012 - 10:29
Academics have called for a boycott of publisher Elsevier, saying it is involved in "the exploitation of a monopoly position" in overcharging for its online journals. But the publisher has said they have got their facts wrong and asked them to reconsider.
Over 2,000 academics and researchers thus far have signed a...
Tue, 31/01/2012 - 09:00
Quercus has bought three books by Katie Piper, who survived a rape and acid attack in 2008 and told her story through the Channel 4 documentary "Katie: My Beautiful Face" and the follow up series "Katie: My Beautiful Friends".
Quercus non-fiction publishing director Jenny Heller bought world rights in the...
Mon, 30/01/2012 - 16:13
Jacqueline Wilson's updated version of E Nesbit's children's classic Five Children and It will focus on four modern-day children, with the characters travelling back in time to meet E Nesbit's original protagonists Robert, Anthea, Cyril, Jane and baby Lamb.
The book, Four Children and It, with the...
Mon, 30/01/2012 - 10:20
Leading authors' representatives have called for high discount clauses in publishing contracts to be scrapped in favour of "a whole new system" of royalties, with some publishers saying they would support a shift to a net receipts system.
High discount clauses see authors receive a diminished proportion of the headline...
Fri, 27/01/2012 - 11:11
HarperCollins imprint The Friday Project has acquired more than 50 titles by prolific author, and former Bookseller columnist, Brian Aldiss.
Publisher Scott Pack bought UK and Commonwealth rights in the titles—comprising literary fiction, sci-fi and non-fiction works—as well as Aldiss—entire short-story archive from...
Fri, 27/01/2012 - 09:55
Independent publishers have welcomed the launch of Apple’s iBooks Author self-publishing app, saying they are considering using the technology to publish digital content themselves, and batting away suggestions it could threaten their business by encouraging authors to self-publish.
The free app,...
Fri, 27/01/2012 - 09:40
Penguin imprint Fig Tree is changing the famous retro Soviet-style cover for A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian, as it prepares to reissue Marina Lewycka’s three backlist novels (£7.99 each) along- side her new hardback, Various Pets Alive & Dead (£12.99, 1st March).
Fri, 27/01/2012 - 08:00
Scholastic has entered into a partnership with Bounce! Sales and Marketing, though the publisher's own UK key accounts, and marketing and communications teams will continue unchanged.
Bounce! Sales and Marketing will represent all Scholastic and Chicken House books to independent and specialist accounts.
Fri, 27/01/2012 - 07:30
Accent Press will be publishing a celebrity bakebook featuring recipes from contributors including musical actress Denise Van Outen, presenter Ferne Cotton and author Katie Fforde, with proceeds going to the Ben Kinsella Trust, a charity set up to raise awareness about knife crime.
Accent Press will publish the book as a £14.99...