Tue, 23/04/2013 - 10:00
Quercus has announced its preliminary results for 2012, with a a fall in both profits and revenue as sales of Stieg Larsson's Millennium trilogy continue to tail off.
However, the company's report shows that non-Larsson publishing revenues increased 18% on a like for like basis over 2012, and Quercus' e-book revenues has...
Tue, 29/01/2013 - 11:29
The overriding theme among authors last year, of course, was erotica going mainstream thanks to E L James. By this, our third feature reviewing the market in 2012, you may be experiencing a bit of James fatigue—perhaps feeling like Anastasia Steele after a particularly long session in the Red Room of Pain.
Yet James’ 2012...
Fri, 11/01/2013 - 12:00
E-book sales figures supplied by publishers for 2012 show a wide variance in the take-up for e-books when compared to print book sales. Fiction titles are showing a high degree of digital penetration but non-fiction books still sell many more copies in print than they yet do digitally.
For the first time the leading trade publishers...
Thu, 27/12/2012 - 10:36
Fifty Shades of Grey has been named as the Specsavers National Book of the Year for 2012 with over 75% of the public vote.
The title by E L James, published by Random House, came top of the Specsavers Popular Fiction Book of the Year category in early December, which entitled it to enter the Book of the Year...
Mon, 05/11/2012 - 07:57
Despite overwhelmingly bad reviews, Fifty Shades of Grey has stormed to the top of the French bestseller lists, shifting just over 100,000 copies in its first five days on sale, according to trade magazine Livres Hebdo.
The six-figure sale for Cinquante Nuances de Grey bests the first-week total for Dan...
Fri, 26/10/2012 - 09:00
Amazon reported a loss of $274million (£170m) in its third quarter, blaming an unfavourable impact on foreign exchange rates and losses on LivingSocial, the company’s investment daily deal company.
Analysts have also blamed the losses, down from earnings of $63 million a year earlier, on the company’s...
Mon, 15/10/2012 - 07:50
HarperCollins imprint Avon has snapped up a new pseudonymous novel in the wake of Fifty Shades, following a group of women entering the world of literary erotica.
Sammia Rafique bought UK and Commonwealth rights, including translation, for The Naughty Girls Book Group, from Madeleine Milburn at the Madeleine Milburn Literary...
Thu, 06/09/2012 - 15:38
E L James enthusiasts began queuing outside Waterstones’ flagship Piccadilly store from 8am this morning (6th September), eager to meet the erotica star at her first UK bookshop signing (tonight at 6.30pm).
The queue had reached around 100 by mid-afternoon, with both men and women waiting outside the branch on Piccadilly,...
Wed, 05/09/2012 - 10:00
E L James has broken J K Rowling's annual sales record as she begins a sixth month at the summit of the UK bestseller lists.
In total, £879,000 was spent on print editions of of James' Fifty Shades novels in the seven days to 1st September—including £12,850 spent on new hardback editions of the books—...
Fri, 31/08/2012 - 10:14
The "spectacular" publishing success of the Fifty Shades trilogy has driven record half-year revenues and operating results at Random House in the first half of 2012, Bertelsmann has reported.
RH revenues rose 20% to €947m (up from €787m in the first half of 2011), with operating profit up 64% to €...