• Wed, 25/06/2008 - 12:02

     Time has run out for Somerset printing firm Butler & Tanner, which has failed to attract a bidder willing to take it on as a going concern. Property management company Edward Symmons this week completed the sale of the firm's assets to individual buyers after a last-ditch m.b.o. bid from former employees collapsed. Equipment...

  • Wed, 25/06/2008 - 11:10

    Arabella Pike of HarperPress has beaten off competition from six other publishers in an auction for the rights to a new biography of artist Francis Bacon.

    Pike finalised the deal for UK and Commonwealth (excluding Canada), exclusive Europe and serial rights to the biography, co-written by Annalyn Swan and Mark Stevens, from agent Clare...

  • Wed, 25/06/2008 - 08:03

    Hamish Hamilton has launched a new online literary magazine, Five Dials, designed to promote and distribute quality writing which is unlikely to be printed elsewhere.

    The free monthly magazine, which launched on 21st June, will publish work from a variety of authors from all backgrounds, including new work by previously...

  • Wed, 25/06/2008 - 08:00

    Publishing company Boydell & Brewer has incorporated specialist academic publishers James Currey into its group, and plans to further develop the company's book list.

    Oxford-based firm James Currey, which specialises in African studies, produces all its books, which average around 20 titles per year, as co-editions, primarily...

  • Tue, 24/06/2008 - 12:58

    Husband and wife team Rosamund and Bill de la Hey have opened a new bookshop in the village of St Boswells in the Scottish borders. Rosamund de la Hey was formerly children's marketing director at Bloomsbury.

    Books will be the main focus of the store, which opened with around 4,500 titles in stock, a number that the owners plan to...

  • Mon, 23/06/2008 - 15:14

    MP Lyn Brown, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Libraries and Literacy, has questioned the role of the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council (MLA) saying that it appeared to been formed by "a shotgun marriage".

    In her speech, made to the CILIP's Branch and Mobile Libraries Group and Public Libraries Group...

  • Mon, 23/06/2008 - 14:51

    Jill Jones has been appointed as the new president and c.e.o. (EMEA) of print and digital information services provider Cengage Learning, replacing Tom Davy, who has left to start his own publishing business venture. According to Cengage, Davy left the company "on mutually agreed terms following a change in the strategic direction of the...

  • Fri, 13/06/2008 - 06:56

    Waterstone’s and W H Smith will go head to head for retail supremacy after being nominated for five awards each in this year’s Bookseller Retail Awards.

    The Bookseller received a record number of entries for the 13 awards, the shortlists for which are unveiled today (see right). Waterstone’s is competing for the coveted...

  • Fri, 13/06/2008 - 06:00

    Photographic publisher and archivist the Francis Frith Collection is to move to digital print on demand (p.o.d.) for all its books by the end of the year.

    The firm, which has 800 local history titles on its list, plans to begin selling all its titles in p.o.d. format by the beginning of 2009 in response to the “changes in the book...

  • Thu, 12/06/2008 - 07:13

    Ghostwriter Andrew Crofts is trying his hand at fiction, with world rights in his début novel sold to John Blake. The Overnight Fame of Steffi McBride (1st September, £7.99 p/b) is the tale of a young actress who finds almost instant fame and fortune in a soap opera and experiences the highs and lows of celebrity life,...

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