Sun, 28/06/2009 - 09:40
Supermarket chain Sainsbury’s is to relaunch its adult book club and introduce a children’s book club as part of its increased focus on books. The chain will also unveil a three-for-two offer across children’s books and has secured its book supply by signing up entertainment distributor Technicolor.
Thu, 25/06/2009 - 10:02
HarperCollins has signed a trilogy of children's books, The Poison Diaries, inspired by the real-life Poison Garden in the grounds of Alnwick Castle in the north east, which also doubles as Hogwarts in the "Harry Potter" films.
The novels are written by Maryrose Wood, based on a concept by the Duchess of Northumberland, who...
Wed, 24/06/2009 - 06:34
Puffin Books is sponsoring a new Scouts badge, the Puffin Adventure Challenge Badge. The aim of the badge is to encourage young Scouts to get involved in the kinds of challenges featured in some of Puffin’s adventure ‘brands’ including Young Bond, Percy Jackson, Artemis Fowl, Young Samurai and Dangerzone
Scouts will be...
Mon, 22/06/2009 - 06:04
Richard Scrivener is to leave his post as commercial and operations director of Templar with effect from 30th June 2009. Scrivener is to set up his own agency.
Richard joined Templar as a board director in April 2007, having worked in a consultant capacity for the previous 15 months. Scrivener said he planned to offer authors, artists...
Thu, 18/06/2009 - 10:34
Children's illustration agency The Bright Academy has set up a new venture working alongside its illustrators to develop written text, enabling its artists to create whole picture books themselves. The agency will also develop one-off special projects for publishers.
Director Vicki Willden-Lebrecht said: "The Bright Academy...
Thu, 18/06/2009 - 06:30
The BBC has commissioned a new series of CBBC science show “Richard Hammond’s Blast Lab”, with a tie-in from Dorling Kindersley.
The series of 26 30-minute episodes has no confirmed transmission date as yet. DK publishes tie-in Richard Hammond’s Blast Lab: Bright Ideas on 1st October as a £14.99...
Wed, 17/06/2009 - 14:35
Scholastic and The Book People are to close the joint venture they have been operating since 2002, which brought together the Red House consumer-facing book club and the schools-based School Link book club under one management.
Dick Robinson, chief executive of Scholastic Inc, and Seni Glaister, chief executive of The Book People (TBP),...
Wed, 17/06/2009 - 14:04
Walker Books is to promote the new Cassandra Clare title with a widget including exclusive content.
The widget has been created by digital media company Galactus for Clare’s new novel City of Glass, which is published on 22nd June. It includes exclusive content such as the first chapter of the book pre-publication, a...
Tue, 16/06/2009 - 10:01
Hodder Children's publishing director Anne McNeil has bought world English language rights to the Esme trilogy by Tamara Macfarlane from Charlie Viney of The Viney Agency.
The trilogy follows the adventures of Esme, a circus girl, and is aimed at five to eight-year-olds. Esme Miranda's Fairground Circus will be...
Tue, 16/06/2009 - 08:13
Bloomsbury Publishing has said that it will "vigorously" defend the claim of plagiarism made against the publisher by the estate of Adrian Jacobs, stating that the allegations that Harry Potter author J K Rowling copied from Jacobs' earlier work were "unfounded, unsubstantiated and untrue". According to Bloomsbury, a...