Tue, 05/05/2009 - 06:50
The 90-day consulation period between Cambridge University Press, its staff and Unite the union, has resulted in nearly two-thirds of the positions being saved from redundancy. In January it was announced that as many as 133 people were facing redundancy: however, CUP said today (1st May) that the final number expected to go immediately would...
Mon, 04/05/2009 - 14:00
Waterstone's could lose as many as 650 positions, following its move to a new distribution centre at Burton on Trent and a decision to use more part-time staff throughout the chain. The jobs cuts, which are equivalent to 450 full-time roles, could affect up to a third of Waterstone's 300 branches.
Waterstone's said it had...
Thu, 30/04/2009 - 13:42
More figures out this week show how the recession is hitting the trade, and although some of the despatches from the front make grim reading, it can be too easy to overdose on the gloom and miss the bright spots.
First up are the annual state-of-the-nation figures from the PA, which contain the frankly remarkable statistic that sales...
Wed, 29/04/2009 - 11:55
Former Borders buyer Guy Raphael has joined the Pan Macmillan UK sales team.
Raphael will start work as key account manager on 5th May, reporting to sales manager Michelle Taylor and managing accounts including Sainsbury's, Asda, Play.com and HMV.
Raphael left Borders, where he was senior non-fiction buyer, in March, after 10...
Wed, 29/04/2009 - 11:07
HarperCollins is to phase out its Perennial paperback imprint launched five years ago. From 1st June, HarperPress, 4th Estate, Blue Door and The Friday Project will publish paperbacks under their originating imprints. HarperCollins has hired former Bloomsbury marketing director Minna Fry to join its Press Books division from 1st May. Fry has...
Wed, 29/04/2009 - 10:58
Denise Bates is leaving Collins to become group publishing director of Octopus. She takes on the newly created role in July.
Octopus c.e.o. Alison Goff, who made the appointment, said: "We have for some time been looking for a publisher with an outstanding track record and international outlook. Denise has a fantastic track record...
Wed, 29/04/2009 - 10:00
The memorial service for Peter Bowron will be held on Thursday 4th June.
Family, friends and colleagues are welcome to attend the memorial service to be held at Saint Luke's Church, Sydney Street, London SW3 6NH, at 11am. A reception will take place in the grounds of the church following the service.
Random House group...
Wed, 29/04/2009 - 06:42
Quarto has posted what it described as "satisfactory" results for the first quarter - "traditionally our slowest" - of 2009 and the twelve months ending March 31st.
Full year results showed revenue growth of 7% to £111.6m, while operating profit climbed 6% to £11.3m. As a result, pretax profit increased by...
Wed, 29/04/2009 - 06:34
Ebury Publishing is launching a writing competition exclusively for booksellers. The competition, which kicks off on 1st May, is being launched in conjunction with by Tim Clare's new book We Can't All be Astronauts, about an aspiring author.
Booksellers must email the first five pages of an unpublished novel and a...
Wed, 29/04/2009 - 04:59
Random House Group chair and c.e.o. Gail Rebuck has been given the Veuve Cliquot Business Woman Award 2009. The win was announced at a reception held at The Saatchi Gallery, King's Road, London last night (28th April), with Sir Trevor McDonald presenting the award.
Rebuck beat fellow finalists designer Cath Kidston, Premier Farnell...