Tue, 26/03/2013 - 11:22
The National Literacy Trust’s Young Readers Programme will expand this year after increased investment from W H Smith landlord British Land.
The company has committed £120,000 to expand the Young Readers Programme from four sites to 12 this year, enabling 3,000 children to participate in reading activities across British...
Tue, 26/03/2013 - 10:20
A 30% rise in rent has forced London’s 16-year-old Lamb Bookshop to close.
Owners Ben Doran and Harriet Thomas have taken the decision to close for good following the unsustainable increase in rent for the property, on Lamb's Conduit Street, which amounted to around an extra £10,000 a year.
Tue, 26/03/2013 - 10:00
Hodder & Stoughton has acquired world rights in the autobiography of terminally ill Nolan Sister Bernie Nolan.
Now and Forever, to be published on 9th May 2013, will tell Bernie Nolan’s story, written over the last six months she has battled terminal cancer.
Nolan first fought off breast cancer in 2011 but...
Tue, 26/03/2013 - 08:30
Hachette Children’s Books has promoted senior rights manager Nirmal Sandhu to the position of head of rights from next month.
Sandhu has been at Hachette Children’s Books for six years; he was previously rights manager at Orchard Books. He will continue to report to group rights and digital director Andy Sharp.
Mon, 25/03/2013 - 09:00
Little, Brown has revealed the cover of Donna Tartt’s new novel The Goldfinch which “raises the biggest of moral questions”.
The cover shows a ripped sheet of white paper with a goldfinch bird peeking through it. The novel will be published on 22nd October 2013 and by Abacus as a paperback in 2014....
Fri, 22/03/2013 - 09:07
Universities’ spend on physical books, journals and monographs is likely to drop as access to online material becomes easier and institutions review their business costs, the vice-chancellor of Durham University Professor Christopher Higgins has warned.
Meanwhile, Waterstones Gower Street manager Martin Seeley has told academic...
Thu, 21/03/2013 - 09:50
Booksellers have expressed anger and disappointment that yesterday's Budget failed to include a freeze on business rates, set to rise 2.6% in April.
Simon Key, co-owner of the Big Green Bookshop in North London, said: "It is one of our biggest bills and to see business rates rise again is a real kick in the teeth, especially...
Fri, 15/03/2013 - 09:10
Michael Joseph will publish Mary Berry¹s autobiography this autumn.
M.d. Louise Moore bought world rights in the as-yet-untitled memoir from agent Felicity Bryan in a pre-emptive deal.
Moore said she was "very struck" listening to Berry's interview on BBC Radio 4's "Desert Island Discs" last...
Fri, 15/03/2013 - 08:00
Waterstones has created the new role of retail manager for London academic, appointing Alison Belshaw to the post.
Belshaw, who is currently retail manager at Waterstones, will have responsibility for the academic bookshops of Gower Street and City University, plus The Economist Bookshop. She will report to Luke Taylor, retail...
Thu, 14/03/2013 - 09:00
Oxford University Press was named Publisher of the Year at the APS Awards, announced last night (13th March) at the Academic, Professional & Specialist Bookselling Group Conference in Brighton.
Presenting the award, Gareth Hardy, APS chairman, said there had been a "wafer thin" gap between first and second place, with...