Mon, 01/09/2014 - 09:30
Gallimard rejected Martin Amis’ latest novel The Zone of Interest not because of the subject matter, but because the writing was not up to the author’s usual standard, according to an editorial source at the French publisher.
Chairman and c.e.o. Antoine Gallimard decided to turn the text down with the full...
Fri, 22/08/2014 - 09:30
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has told The Bookseller it hopes Amazon and Hachette Book Group (HBG) can “reach an agreement which supports the growth of the publishing industry”.
The two companies have been locked in a dispute over terms, which...
Wed, 20/08/2014 - 09:45
The director of digital sales and channel development at Penguin Random House is to join Hachette as group international sales director.
Ben Wright will be responsible for international sales of titles published by the Hachette UK group of publishers and titles published by Hachette Book Group and their third party agency businesses...
Tue, 19/08/2014 - 09:50
Amazon's German division has responded to criticism from close to 1,200 authors over its actions in its terms dispute with Bonnier, saying the publishing group is out of step with other major German publishers in its terms on e-books.
Authors including Nobel Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek, together with...
Fri, 15/08/2014 - 10:00
Publishing’s increased focus on consumer insight and customer data is set to drastically change relationships with authors, informing decisions around acquisitions, contracts and publication itself.
Rufus Weston, insight director at HarperCollins, explained: “Publishers are realising what Amazon realised much earlier: that...
Fri, 15/08/2014 - 09:50
The GMB union is appealing to Co-operative members to support its aim of removing Amazon locker’s from the company’s stores as part of its fight for better pay and conditions for staff at the online retailer.
It said Amazon’s hostility towards unions meant it had to adopt “the tactics of the French resistance...
Fri, 15/08/2014 - 09:40
Agent Bill Hamilton, the literary executor for the Orwell estate, has compared Amazon’s use of a George Orwell quote to being “about as close as one can get to the Ministry of Truth and its doublespeak: turning the facts inside out to get a piece of propaganda across”.
Hamilton’s comments, in a letter to the...
Thu, 14/08/2014 - 09:00
Little, Brown Book Group is moving its distribution services for Constable & Robinson from The Book Service (TBS) to the Hachette-owned Littlehampton Book Services (LBS).
The move comes following Little, Brown’s purchase of Constable...
Wed, 13/08/2014 - 09:50
Amazon is using “authors as collateral damage and using customers as pawns”, author Lee Child has said.
Speaking on last night’s (12th August) BBC2 "Newsnight" programme, Child, who is published by Penguin Random House’s Transworld division in the UK and Penguin Random House in America, explained why...
Wed, 13/08/2014 - 09:30
French Culture Minister Aurélie Filippetti has again lashed out at Amazon and called its dispute with Hachette an "unacceptable attack on access to books."
Filippetti has also pledged her support the two-page Authors United...