Thu, 01/11/2007 - 07:32
J K Rowling and Warner Bros are suing an independent US publisher over an unofficial encyclopedic companion to the Harry Potter series, as it infringes copyright and attempts to cash in on the brand, reports Reuters.
The 400-page book, The Harry Potter Lexicon, which is due to be released by RDR Books on 28th November in the...
Thu, 01/11/2007 - 07:25
In other Rowling news, the BBC reports that the author has completed a set of handwritten fairytales which were mentioned in her last book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows.
There will be just seven volumes of The Tales of Beedle the Bard, which will not be published. Instead, one copy will be auctioned to raise...
Wed, 26/09/2007 - 06:30
Actor Ken Stott, best-known for his small screen incarnation of Ian Rankin's Inspector John Rebus, criticised "idiot educationalists" for praising children who read Harry Potter books.
Stott launched the attack on bestselling author J K Rowling during an interview in this week's Radio Times. He said: "If...
Tue, 25/09/2007 - 08:39
Emily Monkton-Milnes, currently key accounts manager at Random House Children's Books, is to join Bloomsbury in December as children's key accounts manager. She replaces Rosamund de la Hay who left on Thursday after 13 years with the company.
Previously head of PR and marketing, de la Hay managed the early PR and marketing for...
Wed, 19/09/2007 - 06:22
Muggle, quidditch and house elf are quickly becoming part of German schoolchildren's English vocabulary thanks to huge sales of the original language Harry Potter book, reports the Guardian.
Publisher Bloomsbury revealed yesterday that its English-language version of the boy wizard's final tale has sold as many copies overseas as...
Tue, 18/09/2007 - 08:32
Bloomsbury Publishing saw its revenue rise 36.5% to £51.4m in the first half of 2007, with profit before investment income up 7.6% to £3.3m. The growth was down to export orders of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, with UK orders due to be accounted in the publisher's second-half, and "one of the most sustained...
Thu, 06/09/2007 - 08:07
Waterstone's like-for-like sales increased by 2.6% in the 18-weeks to 1st September, according to an a.g.m. statement put out by parent HMV Group. The growth reflected "very strong sales" of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. Removing Potter, like-for-like sales were flat on the prior year, the group admitted.
Fri, 17/08/2007 - 06:16
Students translated the final Harry Potter book hours after its publication and months ahead of the official Chinese version, state media reports.
The first Chinese version of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows appeared on the internet on 21st July, the day of the English version's global release.
China Daily quoted...
Tue, 14/08/2007 - 15:27
Sales of new cookery tie-in Indian Food Made Easy by Anjum Anand (Quadrille) have got off to an impressive start, entering The Bookseller Top 50 at number 41 and toppling both editions of the latest Harry Potter book from the top of the Amazon.co.uk bestseller list.
The book, which was published on 3rd August, sold 6,831 copies...
Tue, 14/08/2007 - 08:12
A French teenager who was arrested for publishing his own complete translation of the latest Harry Potter novel online will not be prosecuted, reports BBC Online.
The decision to not sue for damages was made in agreement with JK Rowling, said the book's French publisher, Gallimard.
"The aim was never financial, it only...