Thu, 18/09/2008 - 12:26
Those in charge of literary estates now routinely look for opportunities to refresh their brand beyond the standard fare of repackages and TV adaptations. Commissioning sequels or other companion volumes is popular - whether Peter Pan in Scarlet, Rhett Butler’s People or Devil May Care.
Authors are commissioned to write the books,...
Wed, 17/09/2008 - 14:01
Booksellers have reacted positively to the news that children's writer Eoin Colfer is to write a sixth instalment of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy series for Penguin. But the news has received a mixed reception among Hitchhiker fans, with spats appearing across the web between Atermis Fowl fans and Hitchhiker devotees.
Mon, 15/09/2008 - 11:36
Penguin Books is partnering with The National Literacy Trust (NLT) in a large scale books giveaway to families across England.
Penguin has donated more than 10,000 books to 20 football clubs as part of the NLT's 'Reading the Game' initiative which uses the motivational power of sport to kick start reading and literacy among...
Thu, 04/09/2008 - 07:09
Publishers are ratcheting up their digital promotions to coincide with the launch of the Sony Reader in the UK. Waterstone’s m.d. Gerry Johnson said that preorders for the device, which finally went on sale at its stores today (4th September), were "comfortably in the thousands". E-books will be available to download from...
Mon, 01/09/2008 - 06:17
With book sales nationwide languishing under a petrificus totalus curse since last summer's final Harry Potter installment and e-books and Amazon's groundbreaking Kindle failing to ignite more than a weak blaze of interest, Dutton, an imprint of Penguin books, thinks they've got the answer--the digi-novel, notes the Book Examiner....
Thu, 28/08/2008 - 07:25
Laura’s Book Group from Edinburgh been awarded the 2008 Penguin/Orange Broadband Readers’ Group Prize, winning a visit from author Lauren St John.
Now in its seventh year, the aim of the prize is to find reading groups that illustrate individuality, reflect diversity of reading choices and demonstrate the pleasure of shared...
Thu, 21/08/2008 - 10:40
Penguin is turning to soft leather bindings for a new luxury Classics series, this time with the collaboration of designer Bill Amberg.
Six titles have been chosen for the gift series, which will be bound in soft brown calf leather said to improve with handling and age. The books, which include E M Forster's A Room With a View...
Thu, 21/08/2008 - 09:35
Penguin is launching a dating website aimed at book readers in conjunction with online dating giant Match.com. The service goes live this week and can be accessed via the Penguin home page and at www.penguindating.co.uk.
Penguin said the site would offer...
Thu, 21/08/2008 - 07:31
The new James Bond book, Devil May Care by Sebastian Faulks (Penguin), is considered too old fashioned to be turned into a film, reports the Independent.
Eon Productions, the company behind the Bond film franchise, said it had no plans to make a film of the book, which was written to celebrate the centenary of the...
Fri, 15/08/2008 - 07:24
Khaled Hosseini's first novel, The Kite Runner, has been voted the book of the year by reading groups, reports the Guardian, with his second novel, A Thousand Splendid Suns, in second place.
More than 100 groups cast their votes via the Penguin and Orange websites and by entering themselves for the Penguin...