Wed, 02/01/2013 - 09:00
Pearson has bought a 5% stake in NOOK Media, the e-reading company spun out of Barnes & Noble earlier this year. Pearson is investing $89.5m in cash in the business valuing it at $1.8bn, and sees the deal as a way of leveraging its education content on the NOOK platforms. NOOK Media, which is part-owned by B&N and Microsoft, also...
Fri, 21/12/2012 - 10:03
When we look back at 2012, it will be seen as the year when we gained a little understanding of a big change, and began to figure out the patterns of tomorrow’s book business. As Dame Gail Rebuck told Random House staff in her end of year letter—“Change is coming; but we know and understand change and we have a clear vision...
Thu, 20/12/2012 - 11:20
The government is to introduce exceptions to copyright law that would allow individual users to make copies of copyrighted materials, including e-books, onto "any medium or device" for their own private use, although they would still be prohibited from sharing them.
It also plans to give academic researchers the right to...
Mon, 17/12/2012 - 14:39
There is an irony that as the rest of the (publishing) world looks forward into 2013, booksellers are busy in the trenches making sure that Christmas 2012 is a festive one for all.
The picture from the high street is mixed though. Print sales are down, as you would expect, but not uniformly, and those booksellers selling devices are...
Fri, 07/12/2012 - 10:15
What are the key ingredients we all need to remember to use when facing this uncertain future? The question arises out of The Bookseller’s digital conference, FutureBook 2012, where 600 delegates from across the book spectrum met to discuss and understand where we have come from, where we might be heading, and how we can get...
Mon, 03/12/2012 - 10:21
Today at the FutureBook Conference we announced what I think is a unique and incredibly important collaboration with Foyles, the iconic London bookshop that next year celebrates its 110th anniversary.
As many of you will know, Foyles is due to move locations, moving a few doors down the round into the building formerly inhabited...
Mon, 03/12/2012 - 08:25
Law firm Berwin Leighton Paisner believes that it could hand UK publishers and booksellers a significant advantage in the grab for e-book market share if it wins its case against HM Revenue & Customs on whether e-books should be free of VAT. The case is expected to be heard in mid-2013.
BLP is taking the case on behalf of an...
Fri, 30/11/2012 - 10:26
Midas chief Jacks Thomas has been appointed senior exhibition director of the London Book Fair, and takes up her post in mid January. Thomas succeeds Alistair Burtenshaw, who left his role as director of the fair in September.
Thomas has been at PR company Midas for eight years, and is its current chief executive. She has been the PR...
Fri, 30/11/2012 - 08:00
A P Watt, the oldest literary agency in the world, has confirmed its sale to one of the newest, United Agents.
The Bookseller first reported in late September that the two were in "exclusive negotiations" —12 of A P Watt's...
Thu, 29/11/2012 - 10:07
Amazon has said that it is to open a European publishing wing headquartered in Luxembourg, focused on English-language titles aimed at the UK, France, Germany, Italy and Spain.
The division will be headed by Vicky Griffith, publisher of Amazon's West Coast Group, who will relocate from Seattle in the New Year and begin building a...