Wed, 29/02/2012 - 09:56
Pan Macmillan has snapped up UK and Commonwealth rights to Amazon’s self-publishing bestseller Kerry Wilkinson in a six-book print and digital deal.
Wilkinson has already self-published three novels through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing tool, with his first, Locked In, making the headlines when it...
Tue, 28/02/2012 - 07:00
Simon & Schuster has acquired two books from debut novelist Kimberly McCreight in a "hotly contested" auction for a "significant" but undisclosed sum.
S&S has world rights to Reconstructing Amelia, which tells the story of a mother searching for the truth about her teenage daughter’s...
Tue, 28/02/2012 - 06:30
Bloomsbury has acquired a memoir written from the perspective of a child survivor of the ghetto in Przemyśl, established during the Second World War in Nazi-occupied Poland. The story of "courage and hope" and the "power of books" is written by Renata Calverley and will be published in paperback in February 2013.
Mon, 27/02/2012 - 08:50
The director of World Book Day has said she hopes to double the number of tokens redeemed this year, with booksellers planning to give the event an added push with some independents already reporting unusually strong interest from schools.
Kirsten Grant, director of the cross-industry event World Book Day, held on 1st March, has told...
Mon, 27/02/2012 - 08:45
ITV1 breakfast show "Daybreak" has today launched a campaign to "Get Britain Reading" in conjunction with the Salvation Army and "more than 50 UK celebrities".
Actor Michael Sheen and choreographer Arlene Phillips are among the well-known names putting their faces to a five-day campaign asking families...
Fri, 24/02/2012 - 08:00
Laurence Orbach, the founder of publisher Quarto, will hand the company over to a new leader in 2013 in the face of what he described as a “rapidly evolving” industry. Orbach said the company was poised to announce the appointment of a chief operating officer, who will be lined up as Orbach’s successor.
Thu, 23/02/2012 - 10:25
UK publishers have expressed concern that Amazon’s use of “power” in removing the e-books of publishers which do not agree to a higher discount will spread to the UK and include print titles.
Amazon.com pulled the sale of over 4,000 e-books in the US after a fracas over terms with the American distributor Independent...
Wed, 22/02/2012 - 09:53
Academic bookselling is experiencing “unprecedented challenges” with the rise of digitally available content and an impending hike in university tuition fees for students, according to the Booksellers Association.
The trade body’s annual Academic, Professional and Specialist Bookselling (APS) Group Conference,...
Tue, 21/02/2012 - 15:41
Profit at US bookseller Barnes & Noble sank 12% in the third quarter, despite both physical and digital book sales rising, as the bookseller announced a new 8GB Nook model.
The company revealed today (21st February) that total sales increased 5% from $2.3bn (£1.5bn) to $2.4bn (£1.5bn) for the quarter ending 28th...
Tue, 21/02/2012 - 09:55
International co-edition publisher Quarto has pledged to "redouble" its efforts to "make and sell good books" as it announced revenue and profit increases last year.
The London-based firm’s sales rose by 6% to $186.126m (£117.5m) for the year to 31st December 2011, as its pre-tax profit increased by 5...