Thu, 31/01/2013 - 14:00
Rachel Russell and I meet at the Book Industry Conference where the talk is about bookaholics, reinvigorating backlist sales and pan-industry initiatives. The last subject is something that Russell, W H Smith's business director for books, is set to experience first hand. She becomes vice-chairman of World Book Day in 2010, taking over as...
Fri, 25/11/2011 - 10:25
Simon & Schuster has bought a book dubbed "The Tiger Mother meets The Last Lecture" in one of Carly Cook's first acquisitions since joining the publisher.
The deputy non-fiction editorial director bought UK and Commonwealth rights in a heated auction to Strings Attached by Joanne Lipman...
Thu, 24/11/2011 - 10:45
Sainsbury's is advertising Jeff Kinney's latest book in The Diary of a Wimpy Kid series as being on sale for £5, as retailers roll out fresh advertising for Christmas offers.
Cabin Fever by Kinney smashed records last week and is heavily discounted from its £12.99 r.r.p. The supermarket is also...
Tue, 22/11/2011 - 15:15
Corvus has bought another two books from Gordon Ferris, who has been a bestselling author on Amazon's Kindle for the publisher.
Atlantic c.e.o. and publisher Toby Mundy bought world English language rights to two titles in Ferris' Douglas Brodie crime series from Tina Betts at Andrew Mann. Corvus published The Hanging Shed...
Tue, 22/11/2011 - 13:37
Academic publisher Pearson has bought Global Education and Technology Group (GETG) in a bid to expand further into China.
The company provides test preparation services for students in China who are learning English. Pearson will pay $155m in cash, valuing GETG at $294m but with the deal offset by $139m on GETG's balance sheet....
Mon, 21/11/2011 - 09:45
The creator of the "Silent Witness" TV drama is to write a tie-in digital serial as the launch title for a new company called Boxfiction.
Former Press Books m.d. John Bond is working with the company, which launches on Monday, in an advisory capacity. Dubbed "a TV series that you read", Boxfiction will sell "...
Mon, 21/11/2011 - 09:39
Headline deputy publishing director Sarah Emsley has bought a gift book detailing trench lingo from the First World War.
Emsley bought world English rights from Rupert Heath at the Rupert Heath Agency to Roger, Sausage and Minge: A Miscellany of Trench Lingo from the Great War by writer and journalist Christopher Moore. The...
Fri, 18/11/2011 - 10:20
Orion has bought two novels by forensic psychologist and debut author A J Cross.
Publishing director Kate Mills bought UK and Commonwealth rights to the books from Camilla Wray at Darley Anderson. The first book, Gone in Seconds, will be published in hardback in July 2012. The book is the first in a new crime series...
Fri, 18/11/2011 - 08:55
Neil Jordan's Mistaken (John Murray) has been named novel of the year at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards 2011.
The film director clinched his prize at the awards ceremony, which was held last night (17th November). Seamus Heaney was presented with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement award by the recently...
Wed, 16/11/2011 - 08:54
Man Booker winner Julian Barnes could be up for an unprecedented double after receiving a nomination for the best novel of the year in the 2011 Costa Awards.
Barnes' The Sense of an Ending is up against John Burnside, Andrew Miller and Louisa Young for the best novel award. If Barnes was to win and to take home the...