Thu, 24/04/2014 - 10:00
Bertrams Books has experienced a ‘challenging” six months, with a changing sales environment having an impact on margin.
The book wholesaler’s parent company has released its half-year results for the six months to 28th February 2014, in which it said the company has seen “slower than anticipated”...
Wed, 23/04/2014 - 09:40
Simon & Schuster UK has won UK and Commonwealth rights to German “dark thriller” Truth and Other Lies, a book hotly tipped at London Book Fair.
Senior commissioning editor Jessica Leeke bought UK and Commonwealth rights excluding Australia and New Zealand from Sarah Lutyens at Lutyens & Rubinstein, who...
Wed, 23/04/2014 - 09:30
Square Peg is to publish a guide to William Shakespeare for adults.
Today’s announcement coincides with the 450th anniversary of the playwright’s birth.
Shakespeare for Grown-ups: A Bluffer’s Guide to the Bard is written by B. Coates and E. Foley, the authors of Homework for Grown-ups (...
Tue, 22/04/2014 - 10:00
Oxford University Press (OUP) has confirmed that 68 people have been made redundant from Nelson Thornes as a result of the final phase of job consultations.
The latest figures mean that altogether over 113 staff have been made redundant from the Cheltenham-based educational publisher as a result of its merger with OUP.
Tue, 22/04/2014 - 09:20
Waterstones opened a new store in Ringwood, Hampshire, on Saturday (19th April).
It is the first time Waterstones has opened in a totally new location since the chain store was bought my Alexander Mamut from the HMV Group in May 2011.
It is also the first Waterstones to feature a coffee shop at the front of store.
Wed, 16/04/2014 - 10:00
Bloomsbury has won the rights to an “astonishingly assured” debut literary novel, River of Ink by Paul Cooper, for a high five-figure sum.
Helen Garnons-Williams, publishing director of fiction for Bloomsbury, won world English language rights to two books after a multiple-publisher auction which has been ongoing...
Tue, 15/04/2014 - 09:40
Donna Tartt has won the 2014 Pulitzer Prize for fiction for her book The Goldfinch (Little, Brown).
Judges said the book “stimulates the mind and touches the heart” when the prize was awarded in the US last night (14th April).
Tartt has been awarded $10,000 for winning in the category, which honours...
Tue, 15/04/2014 - 09:20
The overall retail picture looks “encouraging” as the Easter Weekend approaches, the British Retail Consortium has said.
While UK retail sales were down 1.7% like-for-like from March 2013, the picture is distorted because Easter has fallen so late this year.
The BRC said sales were down 0.3% on a total basis...
Fri, 11/04/2014 - 16:22
Simon & Schuster has partnered with TED Conferences to co-publish a 12-book collection.
The agreement is for world rights, with S&S publishing in the US, the UK, Australia, Canada and India. The company will also sell foreign-language rights.
Titles include How We’ll Live on Mars by journalist Stephen...
Fri, 11/04/2014 - 16:03
Head of Zeus has pre-empted UK and Commonwealth rights for a “positively Shakespearean” Roman series by Ian Ross set in the reign of Constantine.
Rosie de Courcy, senior editor at Head of Zeus, bought the rights for the series’ first three books from Will Francis at Janklow & Nesbit.
The first, War...