Fri, 12/04/2013 - 09:25
A trade-wide promotion that celebrates books and bookshops is to launch in September, backed by both the Booksellers Association and the Publishers Association. The slogan, to be officially unveiled at this year’s London Book Fair, is “Books Are My Bag”.
The campaign has been created by strategy firm M & C...
Thu, 11/04/2013 - 15:57
The genius of the Books Are My Bag promotion is its simplicity. In many ways it has echoes of the more haphazard “Super Thursday”. Both work because their central messages are clear. One is the day a lot of big books are released. The other...
Thu, 04/04/2013 - 16:31
For those who want a modern perspective of how the publishing business is marching into the future, the London Book Fair is now approaching rapidly. The annual fair serves as a timely reminder that publishing is evolving from a solid base, and remains a business still best done in person.
The fair is an antidote to some of the...
Wed, 03/04/2013 - 16:00
HarperCollins and Hachette UK are the first UK publishers to introduce a refined agency model with Amazon.co.uk.
The online giant removed the text indicating that HC and Hachette UK's e-book prices were "set by publisher” today after concluding negotiations with the publishers following the European Commission ruling...
Thu, 28/03/2013 - 15:01
Publishing is often not well served by the wider media. Book publishers are too frequently narrowly defined as hit-makers, and yet derided for the hits they make. They are seen as both elitist and too commercial. Digitally hesitant and then digitally wrong. Some of this is rightly greeted with wry amusement in the trade, but sometimes I...
Tue, 26/03/2013 - 16:13
Book production in the UK took a downturn in 2012, despite a continuing rise in the number of publishers, early figures released by Nielsen Book show. The figures also show the rise in the e-book format, with the number of new e-books issued now 34% of the total output figure, compared with 23% in 2011.
The number of new titles and...
Tue, 26/03/2013 - 10:40
Random House enjoyed a record year in 2012, with worldwide sales up 23% and profits up by 76%. In the UK chief executive Gail Rebuck hailed the performance as the publisher's "most successful year of all time", citing a range of bestsellers as well as e-book sales, now up to 22% of group sales.
Parent Bertelsmann does...
Fri, 22/03/2013 - 09:11
The founders of the US independent publisher Melville House are to open a London-based publishing business with the aim of forming a “distinctly British company”.
Dennis Johnson co-founded the US company with Valerie Merians in 2001, as an activist publishing effort aimed at opposing the Bush administration. The duo will...
Mon, 18/03/2013 - 08:00
Reference publisher Ilex Press has created what it describes as a "proving ground" for new writers with the launch of Ilex Instant, a community website for writers that will offer access to Ilex's publishing services.
Under the terms of the deal, authors who have their content accepted for the site will receive no...
Fri, 15/03/2013 - 15:59
It’s always tricky in the book business to find a balance between the many complementary and competing constituents that comprise it.
Last week, I gave a speech at the Independent Publishers Guild’s annual conference suggesting that this balance may...