Fri, 12/06/2009 - 08:01
The news that Penguin and W H Smith have signed a deal giving the publisher exclusivity for its foreign travel guides in WHS travel stores has generated much heat on our website.
It is a deal that appears markedly different depending on where you stand. For fellow travel publishers, the exclusion will be a painful one, particularly since...
Fri, 12/06/2009 - 07:00
Eighteen months ago, Nick Hornby could not have foreseen that the latter half of 2009 would be so busy. Over the next six months Hornby will be working on a musical collaboration with American musician Ben Folds, his film adaptation of the Lynn Barber memoir An Adaptation will be released and a radio comedy series which he co-wrote...
Thu, 11/06/2009 - 13:56
Luke Johnson, chairman of Borders UK, has denied that the retailer is up for sale, following the appointment of financial adviser Clearwater Corporate Finance last week. Borders said that Clearwater was to look for "funding opportunities", rather than an outright sale, but the appointment of an external adviser has led to suggestions...
Thu, 11/06/2009 - 13:31
The second Writer’s Handbook Live event, organised by Macmillan, was held on 6th June in London. This year saw around 100 delegates and an array of high-profile speakers gather in the top-floor rooms of the Royal Institute of British Architects, which offered a beautiful view over London’s rooftops.
We kicked off the day...
Thu, 11/06/2009 - 08:20
The publisher and distributor of the unauthorised sequel to The Catcher in the Rye are stepping up their bid to fight off J D Salinger's attempt to block publication. The publisher had already publicly scoffed at Salinger's lawsuit, and according to GalleyCat, the publishing team has now hired the law firm of Frankfurt Kurnit...
Thu, 11/06/2009 - 07:28
Millionaire philanthropist Sigrid Rausing and her husband Eric Abraham, the owners of Granta and Portobello Books, are to take a more hands-on role at the enterprises they own. The news comes following the announcement earlier (10th June) that m.d. David Graham has resigned, and after Granta magazine's editor Alex Clark left a fortnight ago...
Thu, 11/06/2009 - 05:01
The Frankfurt Book Fair has finally laid to rest recurring speculation of a possible move to another location in Germany: fair director Juergen Boos signed a new contract that commits the fair to Frankfurt until 2022.
Negotiations with Messe Frankfurt, which owns the fairground were started 18 months ago. Acknowledging ongoing ill-...
Wed, 10/06/2009 - 16:30
Response has travelled far and wide to the news that Penguin has signed an exclusive deal with W H Smith Travel to solely sell its foreign travel guides. Since we broke the story last Friday, national newspapers and blogs have adopted and adapted the story.
First off the mark was The Times, which reported the deal on Monday....
Wed, 10/06/2009 - 12:41
The rush to resolve the leadership crisis in the public library service has brought demands that the statutory Advisory Council on Libraries (ACL) should be disbanded and its role subsumed by either the MLA or a new library development agency. This would not benefit library users or the profession. It would also prevent Ministers and Parliament...
Wed, 10/06/2009 - 10:41
Hannah Black, editorial director at Random House, will join HarperCollins at the beginning of August as a publisher of Harper NonFiction. She will report to Carole Tonkinson, publisher at Harper NonFiction, and will commission across the entire list. At Random House, Black edited the
likes of Dawn French, Peter Kay and Banksy.