Mon, 15/06/2009 - 15:54
Can you sell a book in 10 or 20 words? Possibly, but you can certainly make or break a reputation if those few words are passed on hundreds and thousands of times.
There have always been word-of-mouth successes in publishing, easy to describe but hard to predict. Now, a lightspeed version of word-of-mouth, based around social networks...
Wed, 27/05/2009 - 11:00
Jonathan Ross’ new Twitter book club showed only a small effect on print sales in its first week, prior to the online discussion on Sunday (24th May).
The Men Who Stare at Goats by Jon Ronson, Ross' first pick, sold 166 copies last week through Nielsen BookScan. This represents a rise on the previous week, when the...
Thu, 09/04/2009 - 11:11
Down from the ivory tower: has self-publishing come of age?
By Felicity Wood
With the rise of print-on-demand technology it seems the saying "Everyone has a book in them" is rapidly coming true. The number of self-publishers has risen dramatically in the past few years. Despite some in the industry dismissing them...
Wed, 11/03/2009 - 06:18
Pearson, the world's largest educational publisher, plans to co-develop a conversational English language-learning service for consumers with fast-growing online language community Livemocha, reports Reuters.
Thu, 05/03/2009 - 13:22
Allison and Busby has redesigned its website to further promote its books and become more interactive with readers. The website, which will launch on 6th March, will include podcasts, interviews, free tasters, and “direct” access to authors with an Ask the Author feature.
"More and more publishing is becoming a digital...
Mon, 16/02/2009 - 15:17
The Book Depository has launched an updated version of its website as part of an effort to strengthen its worldwide online sales. It is now offering free shipping to 90 countries, up from 30.
The website was unveiled on Friday (13th February), and "it seems to be going very smoothly," said Kieron Smith, managing director....
Fri, 13/02/2009 - 01:00
HarperCollins has turned to the online social-networking community Bebo to find Britain’s latest slang words, to be included in the Collins’ English Dictionary’s 30th edition to be published this summer.
The words were originally shortlisted by a panel of 14-18-year-olds and have been divided into six categories: money...
Mon, 02/02/2009 - 11:30
Literary magazine The View from Here and online zine The Hiss Quarterly have merged, to become a monthly print magazine and online site, still titled The View From Here.
Former owner of THQ, and new managing editor of TVFH Sydney Nash, said: "Five years was a decent run for an online zine...
Thu, 29/01/2009 - 08:14
Borders website improved markedly over the past month, rising 56 places to reach third spot in an online retail ranking table from the Retail Bulletin.
Waterstone's is at 43, up 15 places, while HMV is at number 29 and Play.com at 35. W H Smith meanwhile was at 104th - equal with Amazon.co.uk.
The comprehensive list of sites,...
Wed, 21/01/2009 - 15:09
The official Agatha Christie website (www.agathachristie.com) for the UK and USA has launched today.
After a three-way pitch, Chorion, which manages Christie’s estate, appointed Lateral to redesign the site.
It will form the “definite source of...