Wed, 10/08/2011 - 09:06
National Union of Journalist members at Lexis Nexis has voted for strike action against what it sees as a "paltry pay rise".
The members are planning to strike on 19th, 25th and 26th August in protest against a 2.2% pay offer.
Michelle Stanistreet, NUJ general secretary said: “Our members are sending a clear...
Wed, 10/08/2011 - 08:52
Orbit has bought a fantasy trilogy about Queen Victoria, who sits on the throne in the present day as the queen is an immortal vampire.
Commissioning editor Anna Gregson bought UK and Commonwealth rights to God Save the Queen, plus two more titles in the series, from Tracy Williams at Hachette Book Group USA. The books are...
Wed, 10/08/2011 - 08:43
Polygon has bought a novel by the Private Eye writer and cartoonist Barry Fantoni.
Publishing director Neville Moir bought UK & Commonwealth rights to Harry Lipkin through David Riding of MBA Literary Agents. The book, described as "an intoxicating blend of Raymond Chandler and Woody Allen", is about the world...
Wed, 10/08/2011 - 08:38
Simon & Schuster has released seven new illustrated titles as full colour e-books.
The books are some of the publisher’s most popular picture books, which include titles from the CBeebies TV tie-in the Octonauts. S&S launched its first colour e-books earlier in the year starting with six Olivia titles, and will now...
Tue, 09/08/2011 - 14:10
Waterstone's and WH Smith closed stores across riot-stricken areas in London as the violence appears set to continue into a fourth night.
A Waterstone's spokesperson said it was closing stores early depending on police advice but only the shop on Clapham High Street had closed. She said: "We were fortunate as none of our...
Tue, 09/08/2011 - 13:30
Children's publisher Nosy Crow has been shortlisted for the best start-up business in the Mumpreneur awards.
The awards celebrate the best parent-run businesses. Managing director Kate Wilson said: "I am really proud that Nosy Crow is on this particular shortlist. It is a terrific acknowledgement of the speed with which Nosy...
Tue, 09/08/2011 - 09:30
Bookshops appeared to have been largely unaffected by the rioting that swept across London and other cities last night, causing tens of thousands of pounds worth of damage.
As London shopowners began the clean-up this morning, spokespeople for both Waterstone's and W H Smith said they were unaware of any damage to their store...
Tue, 09/08/2011 - 09:14
Pearson has bought German educational materials company Stark Holdings.
The company provides text preparation resources for pupils and teachers. It had sales of €20m for its most recent financial year and has gross assets estimated at €32.6m.
Pearson said the acquisition diversifies its German business and it expects...
Tue, 09/08/2011 - 08:47
Weidenfeld & Nicolson publisher Alan Samson will be guest speaker at the Print Charity's annual luncheon this autumn.
The lunch takes place in Stationers' Hall, London on 3rd November. Samson's speech will be entitled "The Printed Word" and he will discuss the challenges facing publishers during the digital...
Mon, 08/08/2011 - 16:08
Literary agent Andrew Wylie has said publishers need to "stand firm" in the face of digital companies like Amazon and Apple or risk being locked into an insupportable business model that is unable to reward writers.
In an interview with BBC Radio 4 "The World at One", the literary agent said publishers were moving...