Wed, 28/09/2011 - 15:40
Amazon has unveiled a Kindle Touch reader, alongside a brand new tablet device called Kindle Fire. It has also launched an £89 Kindle device in the UK.
The new Kindle Touch, which comes in silver, is smaller and lighter than the current, third-generation model and features an IR touch system similar to that offered by Nook and...
Wed, 28/09/2011 - 09:59
Amazon.co.uk has asked publishers for discounts of 90% on titles in order to participate in an October Kindle promotion.
The campaign, due to run from 17th to 31st October inclusively, will also be featured on Amazon.de, the retailer's German website. Amazon has told publishers this will be the "main focus for our...
Tue, 27/09/2011 - 10:33
Quercus saw an inevitable downturn in sales in the first half of 2011 after its Stieg Larsson enhanced 2010 numbers, but still managed to increase profit, improve its cash position, grow digital sales seven-fold and pay its first ever dividend to shareholders.
Quercus recorded sales of £12m in the first six months of 2011, down...
Wed, 21/09/2011 - 09:06
One in five publishers is now generating more than 10% of their revenues from e-books, with Amazon slowly decreasing in importance even as the giant e-tailer's revenues from e-books continue to grow.
The numbers are revealed in Aptara's third annual e-book survey of publishers, representing more than 1,300 book publishers from...
Tue, 20/09/2011 - 14:52
Maria Curman is to leave her post as chief executive of Swedish publisher Bonnier Books at the end of 2011 after 10 years.
Curman has been the architect of Bonnier's international expansion including its significant push into the UK market. She will be succeeded by two executives; Hartmut Jedicke, chief executive of Bonnier's...
Wed, 24/08/2011 - 09:31
Dawn French and S J Watson are the most successful debut novelists of the year so far across paperback and hardback, with debut novels generally having a more successful year than 2010.
According to Nielsen BookScan data, Hachette has seven books in the top 10 hardback and paperback debut fiction charts. Headline was its most...
Wed, 24/08/2011 - 08:25
BBC Books is to launch a publishing programme around Bafta-winning TV series "Sherlock", which was inspired by the adventures of Arthur Conan Doyle's Victorian detective Sherlock Holmes. The titles will each feature the show's branding and introductions by key members of the "Sherlock" team, including co-founders...
Tue, 16/08/2011 - 08:50
UK e-book buyers are expecting digital titles to be discounted heavier than their counterparts across the Atlantic, a new survey has found.
The survey, undertaken in April by consultants Simon-Kucher and Partners among 250 book buyers from the US, UK and Germany, concluded an e-book without additional features should cost around 65%...
Wed, 10/08/2011 - 09:40
Five US publishers and Apple have been named in a US lawsuit alleging the companies "illegally fix prices of electronic books" and that the five publishers "forced Amazon to abandon its discount pricing and adhere to a new agency model, in which publishers set prices".
US law firm Hagens Berman filed the suit in a...
Tue, 09/08/2011 - 09:43
July retail sales saw a modest improvement, according to figures from the British Retail consortium, though book sales fell to their lowest level for seven years with food continuing to outperform non-food items.
UK retail sales values were 0.6% higher on a like-for-like basis from July 2010, when sales had risen 0.5%. On a total...