Mon, 12/03/2012 - 08:45
Irish author Patricia Scanlan has left Transworld for Simon & Schuster.
The novelist, who has been with Transworld since 1994, has signed a two-book deal for world rights to her titles through Maxine Hitchcock, editorial director of fiction at S&S, and agent Sarah Lutyens at Lutyens & Rubinstein.
S&S said it...
Thu, 08/03/2012 - 15:30
Waterstones' m.d. James Daunt has told independent publishers that the “promised land” of a new Waterstones will be delivered by Christmas 2012. He said the bookseller was investing "an extraordinary amount of money" developing its digital e-reader and that it would begin the overhaul of its website in the summer....
Thu, 08/03/2012 - 08:05
Dedicated digital bookseller Bilbary will launch in the US in the next fortnight and in the UK and Europe by April, its founder Tim Coates has told The Bookseller.
Coates said he expected the site, which will have books to buy and rent...
Wed, 07/03/2012 - 10:10
The former owners of Book Club Associates (BCA) have said they would like to see the business “go to a good home” but admit its contribution in sales was not enough to keep parent company The Webb Group in business.
Tue, 06/03/2012 - 16:00
The catalogue-based bookselling company Book Club Associates has collapsed following the administration of its parent company The Webb Group.
Leeds-based administrators BDO has been appointed to handle the sale of The Webb Group's assets, and has told press it is actively looking for a buyer. Besides BCA, the other companies...
Tue, 06/03/2012 - 10:00
Print book sales were down 13% (£15m) to £98m year-on-year in February, according to Nielsen BookScan data.
The figures shows in the four weeks to 25th February, print sales of fiction dropped by 25%, while non-fiction was down by 20%. Sales of children’s books by comparison fell by 5%, with Michael Morpungo’s...
Tue, 06/03/2012 - 09:30
Former director of Interead Phil Wood has been appointed to the new role of Kobo’s country manager in the UK as the company also announced Dark Horse comic titles will be made available on the Kobo Vox e-reader.
Wood joins the company from TomKat Consulting where he was a consumer technology consultant; he was previously...
Mon, 05/03/2012 - 14:17
Bertrams has announced a shake-up of its executive team following its acquisition of Dawson Books, seeing Nick Harknett and Chris Rushby leave the business and former Waterstones head of books Toby Bourne join.
The head office reshuffle is a move designed to “sell more books” following Dawson's integration with...
Mon, 05/03/2012 - 14:00
OverDrive has acquired Australian e-book company Booki.sh for an undisclosed sum in a move which the US digital distributor said will allow a “fresh, direct and immersive” reading experience for libraries and schools.
Booki.sh is a cloud-based platform for distributing, selling and reading e-books which does...
Mon, 05/03/2012 - 09:30
Waterstones has announced former Piccadilly store manager Rik McShane as its new head of books at the same time as appointing Steve Monaghan as director of IT and e-commerce as Helen Baker steps down from the role.
McShane, who was also previously store communications manager, will now hold the title formerly occupied by Toby Bourne...