Sun, 17/05/2009 - 11:06
I first read The Catcher in the Rye when I was a teenager, when its famous red-striped cover marked it out among the many ‘classics' you were supposed to read at school. It wasn't really my thing, but I am still uncomfortable with the idea that perhaps the most famous of all literary teenagers has been dug up and recreated, now 76 years...
Sun, 17/05/2009 - 10:24
Waterstone's is selling titles online at above recommended retail prices, despite cheaper deals being offered by other online retailers including Amazon and Borders. Some instore titles are also being sold above r.r.p.
Publishers including Osprey, Taschen, Ordnance Survey and Michelin do not print r.r.p.'s on all of their...
Sun, 17/05/2009 - 10:16
Richard & Judy's book club will be replaced with "something new, different and drastic for books on TV" according to Amanda Ross, m.d. of Cactus Books. Ross was speaking exclusively to The Bookseller after Richard & Judy's talk show on UKTV channel Watch was axed last Friday (8th May). The show, produced by...
Fri, 15/05/2009 - 10:45
The results of the new Bookcareers.com publishing salary survey were not very surprising: compared to people with equal qualifications working in other industries, people who work in publishing are woefully underpaid. Anyone who manages to get a foot in...
Fri, 15/05/2009 - 06:49
The demise of the single most important piece of furniture in the history of British publishing, Richard & Judy's sofa, may come as no particular surprise, but still many will mourn its passing.
Before R&J, book shows had been a chattering classes ghetto, earnest chin-stroking discussions among the literati that played well in...
Thu, 14/05/2009 - 15:10
Twitter, blogs and online communities . . . it is almost boring how much the world goes on about the importance of these mediums. What makes them special is their role in allowing us to follow the thoughts of others and share our own ideas. In the old days there used to be another way of doing this. It was called a conference. Unfortunately,...
Thu, 14/05/2009 - 12:44
Hachette Book Group USA, Simon & Schuster and McGraw-Hill are among the publishers to have signed up for Blackwell's print-on-demand Espresso Book Machine, making 89,000 in-copyright titles available from next week. The Espresso, which launched at Blackwell's flagship Charing Cross Road branch in central London at the end of April,...
Thu, 14/05/2009 - 08:35
Attempts to raise salaries across publishing appear to be failing, according to a new survey of publishing salaries. The BookCareers.com survey found that the average starting wage has risen by just 6% over the past four years, with the average salary across the sector up by just 4%, meaning that in real terms pay has fallen. The survey also...
Thu, 14/05/2009 - 07:35
Penguin is considering restructuring Dorling Kindersley—its illustrated reference division—after sounding out rival publishers about a possible sale of the operation.
The Bookseller understands that informal approaches made to other publishers late last year to gauge interest in a sale of the operation did not result...
Thu, 14/05/2009 - 07:31
A former gravedigger and debut novelist has penned a sequel to J D Salinger’s seminal work The Catcher in the Rye which is due to be released next month.
Swedish/American travel writer, John David California, wrote 60 Years Later Coming Through the Rye after a becoming "captivated" by the story of Holden...