Thu, 24/10/2013 - 15:37
John Sargent probably has the most famous exercise bike in global publishing.
It was on that bike, “a little after four in the morning in January 2010”—as he wrote in an open letter on the SFF imprint Tor’s...
Thu, 24/10/2013 - 10:00
The Bloomsbury Group has recorded a 13% rise in turnover in the first half of the year to £49.2m (£43.5m in 2012), with pre-tax profit up 33% to £1.1m (£0.9m).
Print sales rose 13% to £39.6m (£34.9m in 2012) while digital sales increased 22% to £5.8m (£4.8m). Digital sales are now 12% of...
Wed, 23/10/2013 - 10:08
Apple has released “the lightest full size tablet” onto the market in time for Christmas, the iPad Air.
The technology company has named the device, weighing just 1lb, the iPad Air. It features a 9.7in Retina display along with “a new, thinner and lighter design” and Apple said the tablet is 20% thinner and 28...
Tue, 22/10/2013 - 11:15
Unbound, the crowdfunding publishing platform, has raised £1.2m in additional funding. The investment is to be used to develop "new platforms to engage the whole publishing industry, including literary agents, publishers and booksellers".
Dan Kieran, chief executive and co-founder of...
Tue, 22/10/2013 - 06:30
BBC Books has signed short stories from Jake Arnott, Cecelia Ahern and Joanne Harris to its new Doctor Who digital shorts series Time Trips.
Time Trips will launch in December to celebrate "Doctor Who"’s 50th anniversary. It will pair some of the biggest UK authors with the Doctor Who brand through the digital short...
Mon, 21/10/2013 - 17:05
David Beckham will hold a "groundbreaking" global digital book signing event on 30th October, for the launch of his latest book David Beckham (Headline).
The footballing superstar will be "reinventing the traditional format of the book signing" in an event broadcast live at 3.00pm BST via...
Mon, 21/10/2013 - 15:46
In an extract from his book The Content Machine, Profile Books digital publishing director Michael Bhaskar argues for a new publishing theory
Publishing isn’t like most industries. It busies itself with questions of intangible value and moral worth. Nor is it exactly like the arts or sciences, as it...
Mon, 21/10/2013 - 14:58
The weeks surrounding the Frankfurt Book Fair were rather busy for Michael Tamblyn and Kobo.
During Frankfurt, the Canadian-headquartered, Japanese-owned e-reader company announced deals with two major European booksellers to sell its devices and e-books: the 50-store Italian chain Feltrinelli, and Spain’s well-regarded seven-...
Mon, 21/10/2013 - 10:40
The harmonisation of VAT across print and digital books could move a step closer this week with the European Council to debate the level of VAT imposed on e-books this Thursday (24th October).
According to the TMF Group, the Polish presidency has proposed harmonising the amount of VAT charged on e-books in a "downwards"...
Mon, 21/10/2013 - 10:20
E-books by Sainsbury’s is readying an “industry-first” e-book promotion on PG Tips tea packets.
The supermarket has significantly upped its promotion for the site since launching a 99p e-book offer on selected titles at the start of October.
The new promotion involves offering customers a deal whereby those...