Wed, 20/02/2008 - 08:42
Penguin is repackaging Pat Barker and Jonathan Coe in a bid to lift sales of their books this summer.
The Barker relaunch on 7th August will be spearheaded by the release of Life Class alongside a new linked look for the three books which form The Regeneration Trilogy. The retro restyling will be followed by a makeover of the remainder...
Tue, 12/02/2008 - 15:25
Administrator Kroll has given a deadline of 22nd February for expressions of interest in The Works to be completed. The discount books chain went into administration at the end of January.
Peter Saville, a partner in Kroll's corporate and advisory restructuring division, said: "It will only take us a couple of days after [22nd...
Fri, 08/02/2008 - 14:11
Hodder deputy m.d. Lisa Highton has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in US media phenomenon The Last Lecture, about a US computer science professor coming to terms with terminal pancreatic cancer.
Due for UK publication in July, The Last Lecture enlarges on a talk by Randy Pausch last September at Carnegie Mellon...
Wed, 30/01/2008 - 08:51
Scholastic's UK arm started to claw its way back out of the red in the year to end-May 2007, posting a £1.37m loss for the period--an improvement of close to half a million pounds on 2006's figure, when it was £1.8m in the red.
Turnover rose 4.7% over the period, from 2006's £30.8m to £32.3m,...
Tue, 29/01/2008 - 14:25
Ladybird is targeting adults with boxed sets of books from its back catalogue, following the success of its vintage Boys and Girls book last year.
The sets, out for Father’s Day and Mother’s Day respectively, will contain six books each. The first will be the “Box for Girls” (£12.99, 7th February),...
Fri, 11/01/2008 - 13:33
Robyn Sisman is moving from Penguin to Orion after Paperbacks m.d. Susan Lamb paid a six-figure sum for two new books by the popular women's fiction author.
Lamb bought UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, in Goodbye Hollywood—which charts the wayward course of an LA starlet in the UK—and a subsequent...
Thu, 10/01/2008 - 14:55
Puffin is set for a major relaunch of its classics list in March, in a bid to restore the series’ relevance for contemporary readers.
The new look has been two years in the making, and will be supported with a marketing budget of more than £50,000. "The relaunch is overdue," said m.d. Francesca Dow. "We did...
Thu, 10/01/2008 - 08:42
Canongate has brought forward publication of the paperback edition of Barack Obama's The Audacity of Hope to next week following the race for the Democratic nomination in the US. Jenny Todd, sales and marketing director at Canongate, said: "We'll easily sell 75,000 copies this year and we'll have 30,000 in print by...
Wed, 09/01/2008 - 14:41
Anova has eased from loss into profit in its first full-year results since it was acquired by management from former parent Chrysalis in November 2005.
In the three-month period to end-February 2006, Anova recorded a pre-tax loss of £359,094, contrasting sharply with a £186,367 profit on sales of £14.1m for the year to...
Tue, 08/01/2008 - 09:00
Academic and trade publisher Continuum is to make up to 1,000 of its backlist titles available as e-books over the next six months, following an agreement with digital conversion company codeMantra. The number will be doubled by the end of the year, and Continuum sales and marketing director Ken Rhodes hopes to have the entire 6,000-strong...