Tue, 12/05/2009 - 08:07
German media group Bertelsmann has seen revenues and profits decline in its first quarter, according to results disclosed today (12th May). The group, which owns book publisher Random House, put the blame on the impact of the "global economic crisis" on its advertising market.
Revenues from continuing operations totaled €3...
Tue, 12/05/2009 - 08:03
The problem of digital book piracy has "ballooned" in recent months as an expanding appetite for e-books has spawned a bumper crop of pirated editions on web sites like Scribd and Wattpad, and on file-sharing services like RapidShare and MediaFire, reports the New York Times.
Sites like Scribd and Wattpad, which invite users to...
Tue, 12/05/2009 - 07:34
James Joyce and Jane Austen are among the authors who have been given the Twitter treatment in a new book about the social networking site.
The Daily Telegraph reports that the authors' books have been reduced to a 'tweet'. Users of Twitter only have 140 characters to post their thoughts. So Pride and Prejudice...
Mon, 11/05/2009 - 15:42
Amazon.com has launched a version of its Kindle e-book store for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. The retailer launched its Kindle iPhone application to customers in the US in March. Now when customers click on "Get Books" in the app, they are taken to a specially tailored version of the Kindle store for users of Apple devices on the...
Mon, 11/05/2009 - 14:09
HarperCollins has confirmed that it will not be publishing the memoir of Jerry Hall this autumn, after the model paid back her £500,000 advance. A spokesperson for the publisher told The Bookseller: "Sadly HarperCollins will not now be publishing Jerry Hall's memoir in the autumn as planned. We have reached this decision...
Mon, 11/05/2009 - 11:36
As an English teacher, I read the recent Children’s Laureates’ list of classic children’s books with interest. I was struck by the very clear gender lines that were present in these lists as I am often asked by parents what I...
Mon, 11/05/2009 - 10:02
The high-profile success stories of blog to book writers the Wife in the North and Petite Anglaise may have encouraged writers to believe blogs are a good way to get your work noticed, but is self-publishing your blog little better than vanity publishing?
The internet has been called the biggest slushpile in history. Without the...
Mon, 11/05/2009 - 08:11
Publishers remain confident that the Richard & Judy book club will continue or be replaced with another similar show, after UKTV channel Watch cancelled the television duo's chat show last week citing poor ratings.
The last episode will air on 3rd July, six months before the contract was originally due to end. Cactus TV said it...
Sun, 10/05/2009 - 14:12
Richard and Judy's chatshow on UKTV channel Watch is to end on 3rd July, six months before the end of the original contract, because of poor ratings. But Cactus TV said it was in "advanced talks" with "media partners" about the future of the Book Club, saying it "hopes the Book Club will continue beyond UKTV"....
Sun, 10/05/2009 - 09:56
Waterstone's has increased the number of stores supplied by its hub to 140 as it enters the final weeks of implementing its new supply chain.
The retailer announced last week that the new hub, a 150,000 sq ft site based at Burton upon Trent, will be fully operational in June. Managing director Gerry Johnson declined to confirm a...