Tue, 26/03/2013 - 10:10
Europe and the rest of the world may trail the United States in the size of their e-book markets, but they will be able to develop rapidly by partially leapfrogging dedicated reading devices and going straight to tablets and large-screen smartphones, according to Bill McCoy, executive director of the International Digital Publishing Forum (...
Tue, 26/03/2013 - 09:50
French Culture Minister Aurélie Filippetti has unveiled part of the government’s plan to shore up independent booksellers, despite earlier fears that she would be unable to commit any money because of France’s huge budget deficit.
She announced that a fund of €5m would be created for loans to booksellers with...
Mon, 25/03/2013 - 14:00
Australian-born novelist Monica McInerney has signed a global publishing deal with Penguin for her latest novel.
Following a deal with McInerney’s UK agent Jonathan Lloyd at Curtis Brown, the Ireland-based writer’s latest book will be published by Penguin in Australia, the UK, Ireland and the USA.
In the UK, her...
Mon, 25/03/2013 - 10:00
The rise of interactivity, the building of brands and a revolutionary switch to systems which let children lead the decision-making on their educational content were some of the hot button topics discussed at yesterday's (24th March) Tools of Change Bologna, the unofficial kick-off to the Bologna Children's Book Fair.
Mon, 25/03/2013 - 09:55
The number of French people who have read an e-book has tripled to 15% from 5% a year ago, according to the third biannual barometer on e-book use in France.
The findings, published last Friday ahead of Salon du Livre, revealed that the number of respondents not intending to read a digital book has fallen to 75% from 90% over the...
Mon, 25/03/2013 - 09:40
More than four in five of Young Adult books bought in the US last year were by people aged over 17, according to figures released by research firm Bowker, presented at yesterday's (24th March) Tools of Change Bologna conference.
Just 16% of all YA titles (both print and digital) were purchased by 13-17-year-olds, according to...
Mon, 25/03/2013 - 08:25
US bookstore chain Barnes & Noble has cut its orders from Simon & Schuster Inc in an ongoing dispute over terms, the New York Times has reported.
S&S US and B&N have been locked in a dispute...
Fri, 22/03/2013 - 09:11
The founders of the US independent publisher Melville House are to open a London-based publishing business with the aim of forming a “distinctly British company”.
Dennis Johnson co-founded the US company with Valerie Merians in 2001, as an activist publishing effort aimed at opposing the Bush administration. The duo will...
Wed, 20/03/2013 - 11:00
Just 4% of French authors have signed digital contracts for their most recent books and a third say relations with publishers have deteriorated over the past five years, yet advances are marginally on the rise.
Those were some of the highlights of the fifth annual survey of over 1,000 French authors, compiled by the French multimedia...
Wed, 20/03/2013 - 09:00
Just three days before the Paris Book Fair opens on Friday (22nd March), French President François Hollande has thrown his weight behind the book industry.
Hosting a reception at the Élysée Palace last night (19th March), he called for the awaited plan to shore up independent booksellers to be adopted...