Thu, 01/09/2011 - 08:55
Hachette UK parent company Lagardère has continued to be hit by the decline of sales in Stephenie Meyer's Twilight series, with sales in its publishing arm down 6% and profits slump 29.6% to €71m.
For the first six months of 2011, like for like sales across Lagardère Publishing fell 6% and down 7.7% to €...
Mon, 15/08/2011 - 08:49
Headline has settled a high court action brought by a former author for an undisclosed sum.
Author Amanda Smith had brought the action after Headline abandoned publication of her misery memoir Toxic. The court ruled the publisher had breached contractual obligations by failing to give Smith "appropriate warnings and...
Tue, 21/09/2010 - 09:59
Hachette UK has said its switch to the agency model is a bid to create "a level playing field for large and small booksellers alike" and has said that switchover of clients will take place over a "short transition period".
The UK's biggest publisher's move led to...
Mon, 20/09/2010 - 08:40
Hachette UK will begin setting e-book prices on retailers' websites from Monday after indicating this week that it will move to agency terms with every "reseller, including Amazon and Apple" from 20th September.
The UK's biggest publisher has become the first to break ranks and demand control over prices in the UK and...
Thu, 15/07/2010 - 15:07
A lack of e-book retailer involvement is slowing the launch of a UK e-book chart despite an increasing clamour for one from publishers.
Nielsen is able to provide a global chart, and the year-to-date chart (to end of May) sees Stephenie Meyer host six spots including the top two with Eclipse and Breaking Dawn. Nielsen...
Mon, 12/07/2010 - 08:31
The c.e.o. of HarperCollins has warned that the publishing industry is unlikely to return to pre-recession prosperity, after eight of the top 10 publishers saw a drop in sales in 2010.
Victoria Barnsley was speaking as figures from Nielsen BookScan, for the first 24 weeks of the year, revealed a fall in the total value of book sales of 5...
Thu, 08/07/2010 - 09:56
Hachette UK has increased the market share gap between itself and nearest competitor Random House to a record 3.7 percentage points in the first half of the year. According to Nielsen BookScan figures for the first 24 weeks of the year (up to an including 12th June 2010), Hachette now accounts for 16.2% of the market, while Random House now...
Tue, 06/07/2010 - 15:37
Celebrity memoirs and autobiographies are still viable in the UK market, the head of the country's biggest publisher has said.
Tim Hely Hutchinson, chief executive of Hachette UK, acknowledged that "certain" non-fiction was "no longer profitable as people get their information from other sources than books"....
Tue, 15/06/2010 - 16:18
Stephenie Meyer's Twilight novella, The Short Second Life of Bree Tanner (Atom), sold 136,995 copies in its first full week at UK bookshops, taking £778,400 through the tills, an incredible achievement for a book that has been free to view online at www.breetanner...
Thu, 03/06/2010 - 15:09
Hachette UK will sell e-books through the agency model in all its territories, and is already "in touch" with other retailers about moving to the agency model, chief executive Tim Hely Hutchinson has said.
In a letter seen by The Bookseller, which was sent to agents last Friday, Hely Hutchinson stressed the move was...