Tue, 13/11/2012 - 09:15
The publication of J K Rowling's The Casual Vacancy and e-book sales growth helped Hachette UK record a "stand-out month" in September, leading to strong third-quarter sales at the publishing business.
Hachette's parent company Lagardere reported a marginal drop in net sales in its third quarter results to...
Fri, 28/09/2012 - 09:30
J K Rowling has said the decisions about the strict embargoes surrounding the release of her latest book, The Casual Vacancy, were made "100%" by the publisher, as she also advised any aspiring writer to work with a literary agent.
Speaking in the audience-question portion of her only launch-day event for the title...
Tue, 22/11/2011 - 10:15
Sales of children's books have rocketed during the past 10 years, but not just thanks to bestsellers like JK Rowling and Stephenie Meyer, but because of growth in backlist and midlist sales.
According to Nielsen BookScan data, sales of children's books have surged from £193m in 2001 to £325m in 2010. This growth...
Mon, 03/10/2011 - 08:10
Harry Potter fans will have to wait until the first half of 2012 for the series' e-books as the opening of the Pottermore shop postponed from its planned October launch.
In a posting on the site's blog, it said: "As our first priority is to get as many people onto the site as possible, we have decided to open the shop in...
Mon, 22/08/2011 - 11:42
The launch of the Pottermore website in October has been greeted as a “game changer” by the children’s publishing industry, with virtual worlds and social networking seen as a natural part of future brand development.
Mike Richards, head of marketing at Egmont Press, said: “What is significant is that virtual...
Tue, 19/07/2011 - 08:40
The claim that J K Rowling's fourth Harry Potter book plagiarised a work by author Adrian Jacobs has been thrown out of court after the claimants failed to come up with the £850,000 demanded by the courts for the case to proceed.
It brings to an end litigation that began as far back as 2004, and leaves the litigants with a...
Fri, 15/07/2011 - 08:35
A claim that J K Rowling's fourth Harry Potter book plagiarised a work by author Adrian Jacobs may be thrown out of court by the end of today.
Paul Allen, trustee of the estate of Adrian Jacobs who died in 1997, has accused Rowling and her publisher Bloomsbury of plagiarising Jacob's book Willy The Wizard when she...
Thu, 30/06/2011 - 16:00
J K Rowling's agent Neil Blair has left the Christopher Little Literary Agency, setting up a new company, The Blair Partnership. Rowling is moving with Blair, having "terminated her association" with the Christopher Little Agency.
A statement from Rowling's PR representatives, Stonehill Salt, said: "We can...
Mon, 27/06/2011 - 08:53
Pottermore has responded to retailers' frustrations over being unable to sell the Harry Potter e-books, saying the idea was to "ensure ease of availability across all reading devices".
Retailers hit out at J K Rowling's decision to sell the Harry Potter e-books directly through her Pottermore website, which will...
Fri, 24/06/2011 - 10:04
J K Rowling’s new Pottermore website has been described as a gamechanger in how bestselling authors deal with their readers, as the press extensively covered the news of the Harry Potter author's new venture.