Fri, 14/10/2011 - 14:00
Popular science writer Simon Singh has accepted a six-figure world English language rights pre-empt made at Frankfurt by Bloomsbury for a book about mathematics and the long-running US TV hit "The Simpsons".
The deal is Singh's first since successfully defending himself against a libel charge from the British...
Fri, 14/10/2011 - 11:20
Hodder has acquired Meredith by John Kercher, the father of Meredith Kercher, the murdered English student.
Editorial director Fenella Bates bought world English rights from Ben Mason at Fox Mason. The book will be published in hardback in April 2012.
Billed as a “celebration of Meredith’s life”, the...
Fri, 14/10/2011 - 09:30
Delegates have reported an “engaged” mood at Frankfurt Book Fair 2011, with tough economic conditions fuelling a more focused approach to the fair, plus a flurry of indie business acquisitions. FBF has seen O’Brien Press acquiring Brandon Books, Oxbow Books being bought by Casemate, and SelfMadeHero being snapped up by...
Thu, 13/10/2011 - 16:10
The quadruple threat of air traffic control strikes, economic slow-down, creaking Blackberry servers and digital disruption failed to dim spirits as the 63rd Frankfurt Book Fair continued this week.
Publishers and agents spoken to as the fair opened its doors were in positive mood. Brigid Macleod, sales and marketing director at...
Thu, 13/10/2011 - 16:00
Yet more rights deals announced at Frankfurt Book Fair today, including a U2 title and the next title by Rebecca Skloot.
Piatkus' foreign rights team is having a runaway success with début novel The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne—which they are likening to Nicci French and Sophie Hannah...
Thu, 13/10/2011 - 15:25
Authors will benefit from increased pricing on digital content, rather than by raising royalty rates, the global c.e.o. of HarperCollins has claimed.
Brian Murray said authors were getting a better digital royalty than on print. He said: “When we looked at our print royalties, we saw they averaged about 16%-18% so we knew we...
Thu, 13/10/2011 - 12:33
The Booksellers Association/Publishers Association’s Environmental Action Group (EAG) has launched Book-carbon, a tool for publishers and printers to measure the carbon footprint of a book’s production.
The online web application allows publishers to input data such as format, print run and printer, and the tool will...
Thu, 13/10/2011 - 10:03
In 2000, my old company, Borders Group, signed a deal with Amazon.com, which ceded responsibility for online fulfilment to the upstart dotcom.
As I said in my presentation at the Tools of Change conference on Tuesday: “It kind of made sense at the time.” Borders had lost tens of millions of dollars in online fulfilment,...
Thu, 13/10/2011 - 09:02
The UK is the worst country for protecting its high street chains, which are essential for the long-term health of the book trade, the chief executive of Hachette Livre has claimed.
Arnaud Nourry was speaking yesterday (12th October) at a c.e.o. panel at Frankfurt Book Fair. He said diversity in both physical and digital retailers...
Thu, 13/10/2011 - 08:57
Retailers will need to develop and market their own dedicated e-book readers if they are to compete with Amazon, delegates at Frankfurt Book Fair have been told.
Speaking at a Google panel about e-books, Bloomsbury executive director Richard Charkin said: “Essentially a huge proportion of e-book sales goes through the obvious...