Thu, 22/01/2009 - 08:04
Scotland's high-profile stint as guest nation at next week's Kolkata Book Fair is in jeopardy, following a series of set-backs.
According to the Scotsman, the Scottish presence at the fair has suffered a blow, as Catherine Lockerbie, director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival, has been forced to stay at home...
Thu, 22/01/2009 - 07:08
Random House senior vice-president and director of Random House adult sales in the US, Jaci Updike, has realigned responsibilities in the division, appointing a specific sales director to work with each of the publisher’s adult publishing groups.
According to Publishers Weekly, the chief responsibility of the newly...
Thu, 22/01/2009 - 06:10
Four Perseus reference titles will be made available as mobile phone editions, in a deal announced by the US publisher and mobile phone application developer Incelligence.
The titles include--Wine Enthusiast Pocket Guide to Spirits; Quit: Read This Book and Stop Smoking; and Your Pregnancy Week by Week in both...
Mon, 19/01/2009 - 07:30
Penguin owner Pearson expects to report earnings growth of about 20% in 2008, exceeding analyst estimates, and helped by the demand for education offerings.
In a trading update, the company said that the economy would be tough this year and “trading conditions will continue to be challenging”.
Penguin performed well...
Mon, 19/01/2009 - 06:01
Patricia Cornwell, the best-selling crime fiction writer, uses her latest Kay Scarpetta novel to promote American Rust, a first novel by Philipp Meyer that will not be published until next month.
According to the New York Times, on page 333 of Scarpetta, the title character arrives at the apartment of a murder...
Mon, 19/01/2009 - 05:37
US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice will be meeting with publishers later this month to discuss three book projects, including a memoir of her service in the Bush administration.
Rice confirmed to the Associated Press that she is pursuing book proposals in the near future. Executives at two publishing houses and a senior aide to Rice...
Mon, 19/01/2009 - 05:27
Canada's Globe and Mail asks whether BookExpo Canada is doomed, as HarperCollins and Penguin Canada pull out of the fair.
"This year's BookExpo Canada appears to have joined the piping plover and the pygmy rabbit on the endangered species list," writes James Adams.
"Of the so-called 'Big Four...
Thu, 18/12/2008 - 08:09
Two weeks after Random House unveiled a restructuring, the newly consolidated Random House Publishing Group division in the US has appointed Susan Kamil, editorial director of Dial Press, as editor-in-chief of the Random House imprint.
Separately, a spokesman for the Knopf Publishing Group that assumed control of the Doubleday and Nan A...
Thu, 18/12/2008 - 07:59
Espresso Book Machines could be piloted in Africa, amid hopes that they will help solve the continent's intractable book distribution problems. US producer On Demand Books (ODB) has helped found a non-profit organisation, Books On Demand for Africa (BODA), headed by Dirk Koehler, former publisher of the World Bank. Novelists Toni Morrison...
Wed, 17/12/2008 - 08:10
Mills & Boon has launched a competition to find aspiring writers in India. Launched yesterday (16th December), the Passions short story writing contest will be run exclusively in India.
The winning submission will be published by Mills & Boon and its author will receive a year-long consultation from the Mills & Boon editorial...