Thu, 09/05/2013 - 14:50
Broadcasting Arabic talent worldwide is one of the mainstays of the Sharjah Children’s Reading Festival, held last week (23rd April to 4th May).
An offshoot of the Shahjah International Book Fair, festival director Ahmed Al Ameri [pictured] says SCRF has “really taken off” since the the inaugural fair five years ago...
Thu, 09/05/2013 - 14:44
Scale. That is the buzzword du jour, or, rather de l’année—at least since the Penguin/Random House merger was announced last October. One of the underlying strategies of the Penguin/RH link-up—emphasised by their respective bosses, John Makinson and Markus Dohle, in emails to staff after the announcement—was...
Thu, 09/05/2013 - 12:37
In 2003, Khaled Hosseini released his début novel The Kite Runner (Bloomsbury)—10 years later, with just two books, he has gone on to sell more than 38 million copies worldwide and generated more than £23m through UK tills. A publishing sensation, his next book And the Mountains Echoed (Bloomsbury, May),...
Thu, 25/04/2013 - 15:53
In March certain sections of the US book industry threw their arms up in despair. Why so? The news that Goodreads, the hugely popular book recommendation site, has decided to set its sails down the Amazon.
The online retail giant purchased the community site for a reported $170m, adding another piece to its impressive publishing...
Mon, 15/04/2013 - 14:33
This year’s instalment of The Bookseller Industry Awards will be the biggest to date, with 19 prizes given out on the night, plus the Booksellers Association’s Gerry Davies Award for lifetime services to bookselling. The awards will be presented during a gala ceremony on 13th May at the Hilton, Park Lane, London.
Thu, 11/04/2013 - 14:30
Having stood as the Conservative candidate in Norfolk North in 2005 and been on the Tory shortlist in another handful of constituencies, Iain Dale is no stranger to giving speeches.
But the Biteback Publishing founder was perhaps not prepared for the reaction to his...
Fri, 05/04/2013 - 09:20
After last year’s E L James-led erotica boom, the market has understandably contracted. But with a raft of titles coming out in 2013, is the category being over-published, or is it evolving? Alison Flood investigates.
It’s not that erotica isn’t still hot. The books are still flying off shelves—11 erotic...
Thu, 28/03/2013 - 15:13
The shift to digital has had a huge impact on the publishing industry across the board, but for the audiobook market it has been completely transformative.
The convenience of being able to download audiobooks directly to smartphones has given an enormous boost to the sector. “It’s a rapidly changing marketplace,”...
Thu, 21/03/2013 - 15:45
Amid the gloomy statistics concerning shop closures revealed by the Booksellers Association in its annual membership figures in February, some good news remained hidden: the handful of independents celebrating 30 or more years’ trading this year. They are some of the best-known bookshops in the industry, stores that always seem to have...
Mon, 18/03/2013 - 16:22
Digital rights management is the elephant in the boardroom for all publishers; some in the industry argue that a strict DRM policy—which limits what a reader can do with a digital book once they’ve bought it—is playing into the hands of Amazon (whose users are locked into its Kindle platform) and sending out the wrong...