Mon, 01/09/2014 - 10:00
If Scotland goes independent it is likely to cause “huge disruption” to bookselling chains with shops across both Scotland and the rest of the UK, retail chiefs say. However, they acknowledge the threats to business remain purely speculative at this stage, with three weeks to go until the big vote on 18th September.
Mon, 01/09/2014 - 09:10
Fans queued for up to 18 hours to meet Haruki Murakami for the last stop on his first book tour in 10 years.
The book lovers began queuing outside Waterstones Piccadilly in London from 5pm on Friday (29th August) to meet their much-admired author at 11am the following day for a book signing.
Publishers at Harvill Secker told...
Mon, 01/09/2014 - 09:00
A new literary agency will launch next week, aiming to “set trends rather just follow them.”
Shelley Instone, a freelance editor who started her career at the Eve White Literary Agency, will open business for the Shelley Instone Literary Agency on 8th September.
Instone has recruited Louisa Pritchard Associates to...
Mon, 01/09/2014 - 08:50
Book industry chiefs have taken the plunge on the Ice Bucket Challenge craze, showering the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association with their support.
Relations with Amazon have not been the only thing on ice for Bonnier this summer, whose c.e.o Richard Johnson was the sporting recipient of not just one but...
Fri, 29/08/2014 - 10:52
Simon & Schuster is to publish an adult picture book by Bruce Springsteen, based on his song "Outlaw Pete".
The book is illustrated by Frank Caruso and tells the story a bank-robbing baby whose exploits become “a meditation on sin, fate and free will.”
S&S US acquired world rights to the title...
Thu, 28/08/2014 - 09:55
Five debut novels – including one by Little, Brown editor-in-chief Antonia Hodgson – have been chosen for WH Smith’s Autumn Richard and Judy Book Club list, released today (28th August).
The collection of titles, which always win a lot of sales with customers, kicks off with debut thriller Daughter by Jane...
Wed, 27/08/2014 - 09:50
Kobo is set to release the world’s first waterproof e-reader after finding customers would buy more e-books if they were to able to read near water.
The Canada-based company, owned by the Japanese e-commerce giant Rakuten, said the new device allowed consumers to use their e-readers for up to 30 minutes in one meter of water...
Tue, 26/08/2014 - 09:45
Over 7,600 young poets from 78 countries have entered the Foyle Young Poets of the Year Award in a “record-breaking” year.
The prize, sponsored by the Foyle Foundation and run by The Poetry Society, receives entries from people aged 11-17, with 100 winners due to be selected on 2nd October this year – National...
Tue, 26/08/2014 - 09:20
Amazon has bought video-game streaming service Twitch for $970m (£585m) in one of its biggest ever acquisitions.
The deal suggests Amazon is further bulking up its entertainment ambitions to take on rival streaming platforms Netflix and YouTube.
The move has surprised many technology commentators, after Google’s...
Fri, 15/08/2014 - 13:16
Arcadia Books has signed a second novel from Norwegian writer Tore Renberg.
The indie publisher¹s Karen Sullivan signed world rights to From All Sides, the sequel to See You Tomorrow, through Even Råkil, rights director at the Norwegian Aschehoug agency.
Sullivan said See You Tomorrow...