Tue, 04/10/2011 - 10:05
Little, Brown and Sphere has bought the autobiography of Duran Duran bassist and founding member John Taylor.
Little, Brown editor in chief Antonia Hodgson bought UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, at auction from Jonathan Conway at Mulcahy Conway Associates. Taylor will co-write the book with journalist and author Tom...
Tue, 04/10/2011 - 07:30
Simon & Schuster has bought a memoir by US congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, who was gravely wounded in a shooting earlier this year which cost the lives of six people.
The book, Gabby: A Story of Courage and Hope, will be co-written with her husband Mark Kelly, a US Navy captain and astronaut. World and audio rights...
Tue, 04/10/2011 - 07:20
Simon & Schuster Children's Books has bought a third novel from Andy Mulligan, whose second novel for the publisher was shortlisted for the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize 2011.
Editorial director Venetia Gosling bought world rights to Ribblestrop Forever! from Jane Turnbull. The Ribblestrop series...
Mon, 03/10/2011 - 15:21
Canongate has sold its controlling stake in Australian publisher Text Publishing to Maureen and Tony Wheeler, the founders of Lonely Planet.
The deal, for an undisclosed sum, generates a "sizeable" amount of cash to invest into the Scottish publisher. Text Publishing founders Michael Heyward and Penny Hueston will retain...
Mon, 03/10/2011 - 08:15
Google is preparing an “imminent” UK launch of its e-books platform for selling digital titles, with members of Gardners Hive network able to sell the e-books from their websites.
The digital company held a closed meeting with more than 100 independents at the Booksellers Association’s Independent Booksellers Forum...
Mon, 03/10/2011 - 07:55
Simon & Schuster Children's Books has acquired a book from its young adult author Becca Fitzpatrick.
Publishing director Ingrid Selberg bought UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, from Catherine Clarke at the Felicity Bryan Agency, on behalf of Catherine Drayton of Inkwell Management.
The book will be...
Fri, 30/09/2011 - 11:15
Greene & Heaton is selling rights in the new P D James novel. Death Comes to Pemberley, her sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, will be published by Faber in November 2011. Faber will also publish Skios by Michael Frayn, a farce which Henry Holt has bought in the US and Carl Hanser has...
Fri, 30/09/2011 - 10:59
Viking has paid a six-figure sum at auction for an authorised biography of The Stone Roses, whose eponymous début has been lauded as one of the best albums of all time.
Editorial director Joel Rickett bought rights to Fool’s Gold by Simon Spence, who ghosted The Rolling Stones’ manager Andrew Loog Oldham...
Fri, 30/09/2011 - 10:35
Hardie Grant has bought a book about interior design by Kit Kemp, the co-owner and design director of Firmdale Hotels.
Kate Pollard bought world rights directly from the author. The as yet untitled book will be published in October 2012.
Pollard said: "Kit’s innovative and colourful style is a perfect fit for the...
Fri, 30/09/2011 - 08:40
Publishers should not be too quick to write off physical products and should encourage competition between a number of digital players to avoid the mistakes the record industry made, the director general of the Entertainment Retailers Association has said.
Kim Bayley gave a presentation to more than 100 indies at the Booksellers...