Fri, 22/06/2012 - 14:24
The biggest global publishers have seen revenue shrink year on year, the latter half of the world’s top 50 publishers have been boosted by sales in emerging markets, while revenue from trade books has declined sharply. Those are some of the overall trends in the Livres Hebdo/The Bookseller annual ranking of global publishers, researched...
Tue, 13/03/2012 - 12:43
Here is a stat that may surprise you: more new publishers entered the UK market than ever before last year. According to Nielsen BookData figures released last week, the number of publishers which registered for their first ISBN prefixes increased by 261 in 2011, to 3,412. This is a marked contrast to 2001, when Nielsen began compiling its...
Thu, 11/02/2010 - 16:19
In January, the announcement was made that, through a modest growth of 0.1%, Britain's recession was officially at an end. But whatever the figures, it is far too early for businesses to begin celebrating. The past 18 months have not been without casualties—most notably, the closure of Borders has shaken up the high street—and...
Thu, 11/02/2010 - 16:10
The impossible seems to have happened: independent bookshops have gained market share. Although their revenues last year were broadly in line with 2008 (about 10% by value) there was a decline in the overall market of 1.9% during 2009, according to Nielsen BookScan. This means independents achieved growth against the market in one of the...
Thu, 03/12/2009 - 15:27
"The decade that changed everything" seems to be the top line of most of the media's overviews of the last 10 years. The past decade has been unquestionably tumultuous, book-ended by 9/11 and the War on Terror at its start; and the recession at its close. But epoch-ending media navel-gazing lends itself to an overinflated view of the...
Fri, 11/09/2009 - 11:11
For Transworld, it has been a long wait. Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code was published five years ago, and after over 81 million copies sold globally, a high-profile High Court case and numerous rumoured publication dates (it was originally mooted for a 2007 release), the world will finally get to read the further adventures of Harvard...
Mon, 22/09/2008 - 16:03
Predicting the next bestseller is just one part of a book buyer's job. Hannah Davies speaks to Borders' Rob Hughes about analysing data, spotting trends and schmoozing with publishers
Rob Hughes' career path to Borders' non-fiction buyer for biography and lifestyle was somewhat unconventional. With a six-year stint as a stand-up comic...
Mon, 22/09/2008 - 15:53
Honest, yet Machiavellian. Those are the paradoxical qualities a literary agent needs to succeed, says the man who handles the James Bond titles—United Agents' Simon Trewin. He talks to Hannah Davies
Simon Trewin, joint head of the books department at United Agents, says the relationship between agent and author should be like a...
Thu, 15/05/2008 - 15:06
It is probably safe to say that few people have gone into publishing for their love of computers and IT. Throw a phrase like “rich metadata” into conversation at industry events and you can just see publishers’ eyes glaze over. Computer acronyms such as Onix and XML will have them running to the bar.
Yet the time-...