Tue, 15/11/2011 - 10:12
The US Authors Guild has accused Amazon.com of "boldly breaching its contracts" with publishers by signing them up to its new Kindle Lending programme without permission.
It claimed it is doing this to drive sales of its Kindle Fire, which is up against the Apple iPad and Barnes & Noble Nook in the US' increasingly...
Tue, 15/11/2011 - 09:25
Hilary Mantel will turn her attention to the downfall of Anne Boleyn, after Fourth Estate bought the follow-up to her Man Booker prizewinning Wolf Hall.
Publishing director Nicholas Pearson bought UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, to Bring Up the Bodies from Bill Hamilton at AM Heath. The book will be...
Mon, 14/11/2011 - 15:07
Piccadilly Press has bought a time-travelling young adult romance story, which will be a lead title for autumn 2012.
Managing director Brenda Gardner bought world rights to two books in the Timedance series from Bob Markel. The first book, Neptune's Tears by Susan Waggoner, will be published in September 2012. Set in the...
Mon, 14/11/2011 - 14:47
Simon & Schuster has appointed Meg Wang as editorial director for licensed properties.
She will be responsible for the publisher's licensed character list, which includes tie-ins for the likes of the Smurfs, the Nickelodeon portfolio, Mike the Knight and Octonauts. She will also direct the development of digital products for...
Mon, 14/11/2011 - 08:20
HarperCollins is publishing a new book by Wayne Rooney, having dismissed suggestions that it was on the brink of renegotiating the lucrative contract it has with the Manchester United and England striker.
The publisher is planning to release Wayne Rooney: My Decade in the Premier League on 30th August 2012 as an £18.99...
Fri, 11/11/2011 - 07:15
HarperCollins Children's Books has appointed a marketing executive who has worked with the likes of Orange, Coca Cola and Disney as its new marketing director.
Nicola Way joins on 9th January and will report to associate publisher Alison Ruane. She was most recently a board director at Iris Nation, an integrated marketing agency...
Mon, 07/11/2011 - 07:11
Constable & Robinson is getting into the Dickens bicentennial spirit, publishing a novel re-examining the events of Bleak House.
Tom-All-Alone’s by Lynn Shepherd will be published as a £12.99 hardback on 2nd February, just five days before the bicentenary of Dickens’ birth. It joins a glut of...
Fri, 04/11/2011 - 10:58
HarperCollins Children's Books has bought world rights to the original Bugsy Malone book, which was later adapted into the much loved musical.
Publisher Ann-Janine Murtagh bought rights to the novel and graphic novel directly from the author Sir Alan Parker, who later adapted his own title for the screen. The book will be...
Fri, 04/11/2011 - 10:54
Simon & Schuster has bought rights to an autobiography by Australian swimming star Ian Thorpe.
World rights from Jonathan Kilmartin and Sarah Wooldridge at IMG by Larissa Edwards, S&S's Australian head of publishing, and Rhea Halford, S&S UK sports commissioning editor. The book will be published in October 2012....
Fri, 04/11/2011 - 10:20
Waterstone's has unveiled its new buying structure to publishers, comprising new titles, range, regional commercial and publisher teams.
It marks the end of James Daunt's reorganisation of the retailer's buying team, which he began shortly after he was appointed managing director in June.
New books will be bought...