Thu, 12/05/2011 - 15:36
Publishers need to diversify and compete head-on with other media in order to deflect the 'one-screen' effect of tablet devices, a panel discussion at the World e-Reading Congress declared.
The session sought to answer the question: "Can e-reading win the war against Angry Birds?" Jonathan Glasspool, managing...
Fri, 06/12/2013 - 15:10
Tributes have been paid by the publishing industry to former South African president Nelson Mandela, who died yesterday (5th December) aged 95.
Mandela, who spent 27 years in prison and became a symbol of the fight against apartheid, was elected the first black president of South Africa in 1994.
His story was told in his...
Fri, 06/12/2013 - 14:48
Sales of books shortlisted for the Costa Book Awards saw their sales jump by 55% last week. In total, the 20 books shortlisted for the five Costa category awards sold more than 9,000 copies at UK booksellers in the seven-day period to 30th November — up from 5,800 copies the previous week.
Maggie O'Farrell's ...
Fri, 06/12/2013 - 12:25
Simon & Schuster has created a social media community for readers of the New Adult genre called The Hot Bed.
The Hot Bed, featured on Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter, will carry content from S&S UK and US New Adult authors including Abbi Glines, Jamie McGuire, Colleen...
Fri, 06/12/2013 - 12:20
Macmillan Education's IELTS Skills app has won the English Speaking Union’s (ESU) 2013 President’s Award, which recognises the use of technology to enhance English teaching worldwide.
The judges said the app was “very high quality […] It suits its target audience perfectly and...
Fri, 06/12/2013 - 11:49
Hermione Lee is to write a biography of Tom Stoppard for Faber.
Faber’s editorial director for Drama, Dinah Wood, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, including Europe and excluding Canada, from Caroline Dawnay at United Agents. The publication date for the title has not yet been scheduled.
Fri, 06/12/2013 - 09:30
Low salaries are said to remain a major obstacle for bookshop managers looking to recruit and retain knowledgeable, passionate staff.
According to Prospects, a graduate careers advice service, typical bookseller starting salaries are between £12,000–£17,000 per annum, and £20,000–£40,000 at senior...
Fri, 06/12/2013 - 09:20
Bloomsbury is to publish all seven of J K Rowling’s Harry Potter books with full-colour illustrations by Jim Kay.
The first in the series, an illustrated Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, will be released in September 2015.
“Bloomsbury has long wished to illustrate the titles but with such...
Fri, 06/12/2013 - 09:15
Penguin Press is to bring back its non-fiction imprint Pelican, almost three decades after it was discontinued.
The imprint will publish five books in May 2014 on a range of topics, from political philosophy in Ancient Greece and Rome to economics.
When it was set up in 1937, Pelican’s brief was to bring...
Fri, 06/12/2013 - 09:10
Tony Robinson is up for his second Blue Peter book award on this year's shortlist, announced during the children's TV programme today (5th December).
Robinson’s book, Weird World of Wonders: World War II, illustrated by Thomas Flintham and published by Macmillan, was nominated for the Best Book with...