Mon, 27/01/2014 - 08:30
The Arab world is a major focus for CourseSmart in 2014, the company has said, as it struck a deal this week to supply the Middle East and Africa regions.
The digital textbook provider has partnered with academic service provider Naseej—which has offices in Dubai, Egypt, Kuwait and Morocco, among others—as an “on the...
Fri, 24/01/2014 - 12:35
US singer Mariah Carey is set to create a Christmas children’s picture book based on her two children Roc (Moroccan) and Roe (Monroe).
Scholastic US will publish the book – entitled Roc and Roe’s Twelve Days of Christmas – this winter. It will be co-produced by Carey’s television presenter...
Fri, 24/01/2014 - 10:50
Former BBC adventure documentary maker Matt Dickinson has signed a three-book deal with Vertebrate Publishing for the Everest Files trilogy.
Aimed at teenagers, the Everest Files follows 18-year-old Ryan Hart, who heads out to the Himalaya on a gap year to find himself plunged into a world of high-altitude drama on the...
Fri, 24/01/2014 - 09:25
Simon & Schuster UK is set to publish a collection of short stories by Booker Prize-winner Graham Swift.
The publisher has secured UK and Commonwealth rights for England And Other Stories, which captures moments of English life across the centuries and in different regions “with humour, an underlying sexuality, an...
Fri, 24/01/2014 - 09:00
The Independent Publishers Guild's membership has been growing year-on-year, chief executive Bridget Shine said, as publishers look for support in "challenging times".
Meanwhile the body has been consulting on introducing a new membership category for self-publishers, Shine also revealed.
The IPG has...
Thu, 23/01/2014 - 15:24
Amazon.com has launched a new Christian publishing imprint called Waterfall Press.
The imprint, under the Brilliance Publishing umbrella, will specialize in faith non-fiction and fiction.
The company said the imprint aimed to “provide spiritual refreshment and...
Thu, 23/01/2014 - 09:40
Pearson has issued a second profit warning for 2013, saying the year had seen weaker than expected trading in both the US and the UK – its two largest markets.
The education company, which has spent the last year restructuring its business in order to push into emerging markets, warned that its operating profits for 2013 would...
Thu, 23/01/2014 - 09:20
Amazon has appointed Alison Forrestal as its new director of books in the UK.
Forrestal, who is currently meeting with publishers to introduce herself within the trade, replaces John Gahagan, who left Amazon last year.
Darren Hardy remains head of vendor management, reporting to Forrestal.
Forrestal previously worked...
Wed, 22/01/2014 - 16:24
The complete writings of Ben Jonson will soon be available in an online archive which took Cambridge University Press 15 years to complete.
The publisher has described the interactive online archive - which includes 158 modern spelling texts, 550 contextual documents, 80 essays, 100 music score and details of 1,300 stage performances...
Wed, 22/01/2014 - 09:10
Book sales at WH Smith were down 7%-8% like-for-like in the Christmas trading period.
In telephone briefings with City analysts this morning, WHS revealed the 7%-8% book sales fall for the 20 weeks to 18th January, saying that the retailer had cut television advertising costs over the period.
Children’s books performed...