Tue, 21/04/2009 - 14:14
From Harper's digital Middle Earth to Random's enhanced e-book, this year's London Book Fair has prompted the usual flurry of digital announcements from publishers ever keen to big-up their digital strategies at the world's second largest book fair.
With the "big" book of the fair a distant memory, such announcements tend to...
Tue, 21/04/2009 - 11:52
The author of a graphic novel on the life of philosopher Bertrand Russell is one of the London Book Fair's visiting authors this year. Greek novelist Apostolos Doxiadis, the author of Uncle Petros and Goldbach's Conjecture, has spent five years on the project, co-created with Christos H Papadimitriou and artist Alecos Papadatos. Titled...
Tue, 21/04/2009 - 10:57
Hutchinson publisher Caroline Gascoigne has bought a new history by A N Wilson on the Elizabethans. Gascoigne acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Gillon Aitken of Aitken Alexander Associates.
The Elizabethans will be a chronological portrait that looks at the Elizabethan era in one panoramic sweep. It will use...
Tue, 21/04/2009 - 07:58
Bloomsbury editor-in-chief Alexandra Pringle has won a five-publisher auction for UK and Commonwealth rights to a new novel from Lawrence Norfolk. John Saturnall's Feast was sold by Carole Blake at Blake Friedmann, with Carole Welch of Sceptre the underbidder. The sum was not disclosed but it was said to be a "substantial...
Tue, 21/04/2009 - 07:20
The internet will be the main retail channel for book sales in Britain within three years, despite accounting for only 14% of current sales, consumer research group PubTrack has estimated.
Last year marked the first time internet sales in the US edged above all other channels. Some 23% of books were bought online compared with 22%...
Mon, 20/04/2009 - 15:34
HarperCollins' Blue Door has bought world English-language rights to two novels by senior BBC foreign correspondent Jill McGivering. The first book, The Last Kestrel, is set in contemporary Helmand province and tells the story of a woman journalist's search for the truth behind a local army interpreter's mysterious death. Publisher Patrick...
Mon, 20/04/2009 - 08:05
UK publishers and agents are making the most of London Book Fair this year as they forecast fewer people going to Frankfurt in six months' time.
John Murray m.d. Roland Philipps said: "We are sending fewer people to Frankfurt so this does give London greater importance." Jonathan Lloyd, chief executive of Curtis Brown, said...
Mon, 20/04/2009 - 07:12
The debonair life of "To the Manor Born" star Peter Bowles will be revealed in an autobiography from Simon & Schuster. M.d. Ian Chapman bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Caroline Michel at PFD, and the book will be published in hardback next spring.
The acquisition was made in suitably dapper fashion following a...
Mon, 20/04/2009 - 06:33
Independent children's press Holland Publishing is to launch Little Star Creations, a new children's publishing business concentrating on licensed character product.
Aimed at children aged two to nine, Little Star Creations will specialise in FSC-certified children's publishing and other associated product including height...
Mon, 20/04/2009 - 06:31
Monday 20th April
Cornerstone is to publish a new Alex Cross thriller from James Patterson, today's LBF "Author of the Day", in September. In Alex Cross's Trial, Patterson's hero will tell the story of his ancestors in an "action-packed" story set in America's Deep South at the turn of the 20th century. The hardback...