Wed, 10/10/2012 - 09:15
Quercus is to make a second move into the US with a "startup operation" that will begin publishing titles in autumn 2013. The company announced today that it was opening a New York office in preparation for the launch of this North American publishing programme, a step-up from its previous US publishing efforts through Silver Oak, a...
Wed, 10/10/2012 - 08:50
Literary agency Tibor Jones & Associates has acquired the Charles Pick Consultancy, the agency solely dedicated to bestselling thriller author Wilbur Smith.
Tibor Jones co-founder and managing director Kevin Conroy Scott struck the deal with Martin Pick, Smith’s agent, and a chairman at Tibor Jones. Pick has now retired from...
Wed, 10/10/2012 - 08:38
German e-reading company txtr has revealed a new device for reading e-books, described as the smallest, lightest, and simplest e-reader yet.
The battery-powered txtr beagle will be sold to the mass market through partnerships with mobile phone operators, packaged with Android smartphone contracts for as little as €9.90, according...
Wed, 10/10/2012 - 08:00
A new digital library shelf has launched at Frankfurt Book Fair which allows users to import both Nook and Kindle books.
US-based company BookShout! says it has all the major publishers signed up to its business apart from Penguin and Simon & Schuster.
“We believe the future of books is about you, the reader. And...
Tue, 09/10/2012 - 09:44
Pottermore is to work with other brands, helping them identify digital strategies, with Charlie Redmayne chief executive indicating that the Harry Potter offshoot was already working with one other brand.
Speaking at the pre-Frankfurt digital conference Publishers Launch yesterday (8th October), Redmayne said that he was...
Mon, 08/10/2012 - 15:30
Trade publishing represents a "counter intuitive" opportunity for private investors, at a time when publicly-quoted publishers will need to make investments that their shareholders might not be able to stomach.
This was the view of Brian Napack, formerly president of Macmillan USA turned private investor at Providence Equity...
Mon, 08/10/2012 - 14:26
Amazon's market share of book sales significantly increases once a customer buys a Kindle device, data shown at Frankfurt digital conference Publishers Launch revealed, with delegates warned that a significant "discoverability gap" happens as customers move to digital reading.
Peter Hildick-Smith, founder and president...
Mon, 08/10/2012 - 12:58
Barnes & Noble is aiming to "close the discovery gap" with content "aggressively" acquired and licensed from publishers across the world and with channels backed by the knowledge of local booksellers and publishers.
At a session at Publishers Launch Frankfurt, executives from Barnes & Noble, speaking ahead...
Mon, 08/10/2012 - 12:57
Publishers are facing a dystopian future in which they are bit-part players in the ecosystem battles being fought by the large mobile and tech companies, with publishers having to be increasingly agile to find their space on the new platforms, the Frankfurt Book Fair has heard.
Kicking off the fair with the first of the pre-show...
Mon, 08/10/2012 - 11:16
Frankfurt comes but once a year, yet its hold over us lasts much longer. The pre-planning can take months, the post-fair fallout (for over-paying publishers anyway) years. Though rights trading remains at its heart, the show is now about much more than the books: it is about the meetings, the conferences, the talking time and, of course,...