Thu, 06/05/2010 - 17:39
For someone so senior in a company, Tim Watson, Waterstone’s new product director, talks with a refreshing honesty about the business. Former Waterstone’s m.d. Brian McLaughlin once described him as "always being the first to challenge bullshit" and an element of that emerges from our talk. He says Waterstone’s had...
Thu, 27/11/2008 - 12:04
It is perhaps surprising that a chief executive would choose to describe his own company as "somewhat secretive", conjuring up images of a shadowy publishing underworld and secret handshakes. But many people in the UK might agree with Des Higgins' view of Bonnier.
Although the Stockholm-based Bonnier Group is one of Europe...
Thu, 06/11/2008 - 15:46
Plus—a secondary exchange for small and mid-size companies—can have its downsides. While non-listed publishers can shrug off the effects of the economic slowdown, Quercus lives the credit crunch fallout far more publicly. The firm's share price has fallen over the last year by roughly 75%, dragging its market capitalisation down...
Thu, 09/10/2008 - 09:43
Ion Trewin learned a most valuable lesson early on in life when he was starting out on a career in journalism.
It was the early 1960s and he was a cub reporter, fresh out of Highgate School in London, working for the Plymouth-based newspaper the Independent. He was assigned to cover a corner of Devon—"real parish pump stuff...
Thu, 24/07/2008 - 11:42
"To be honest," Roger Horton says, "it used to irritate me greatly." The Taylor & Francis (T&F) chief executive is talking about how academic publishing is often ignored in the press in favour of the "sexier" trade side. It should be emphasised he said "used to". We are sitting in his Milton Park...
Fri, 25/04/2008 - 13:00
With a career in book design spanning two decades and a bulging portfolio to his name—ranging from the launch of Vintage paperbacks to the rebrand of Rough Guides—you might expect Peter Dyer to have an ego.
Yet, on meeting him at his new Profile offices, the anticipated arrogance is nowhere to be seen; you might even call...
Mon, 14/04/2008 - 10:03
Andrew Welham is, by his own admission, a man who just can’t say no. Over the 23 years he spent at Penguin he gradually took on extra responsibilities until he was running marketing, audiobooks, new media, sales, production and inventory management—quite a remit. And then he was asked to run Dorling Kindersley.
Mon, 07/04/2008 - 17:28
Meeting Rachel Holmes is like being sucked into a whirlwind of enthusiasm. She has been appointed as the driving force for literature and spoken word at the restored Southbank Centre, including the annual London Literature Festival, which will run for the second time this summer, and is clearly brimming with excitement about her new...
Mon, 07/04/2008 - 17:06
Amanda Wood, m.d. of Templar Publishing, which was named both independent publisher of the year and children's publisher of the year at last month's Independent Publishing Awards, dates the turning-point for her 26-year-old Surrey-based company to just five years ago in 2003. That was when Templar moved to Bounce for its sales, and...
Thu, 27/03/2008 - 10:18
Carolyn Reidy, president and chief executive of Simon & Schuster, admits to The Bookseller that she has a big task on her hands, albeit one she relishes.
Carolyn Reidy, the straight-talking former president of Simon & Schuster’s adult publishing division, was unsurprisingly elevated to the top position at the beginning of...