Fri, 28/09/2012 - 15:14
As this week’s big releases of The Casual Vacancy and Jamie’s 15-minute Meals remind us, “Super Thursday” is just around the corner. On 11th October, 220 potentially bestselling hardbacks will be released, following the 231 titles released yesterday and the 217 put out on 13th September. Among them...
Fri, 28/09/2012 - 14:52
Barnes & Noble will release its self-publishing platform PubIt in the UK following the launch of its Nook e-readers and the roll-out of its UK website later this year. The US bookseller said it intends to back the arrival of the devices with strong TV, print and outdoor campaigns.
Giving press briefings before the...
Fri, 28/09/2012 - 14:44
Publit, a Swedish-based e-book service, is to launch an English-language version of its website this week as a prelude to the roll-out of the full operation internationally from 2013.
In Sweden it has deals with more than 200 publishers and authors, including Bonnier and Harlequin, which are both signed up to its “direct-to-...
Thu, 27/09/2012 - 09:40
First, this is not Harry Potter. Those hoping for a dusting of Dumbledore, a sprinkling of Snape, or even a hint of a Horcrux, will be disappointed. Instead this is a closely examined portrayal of a typical - perhaps mythical - English village, and the consequences that follow on from the death of local councillor Barry Fairbrother....
Wed, 26/09/2012 - 08:20
Author J K Rowling has said she will "very likely" write a children's story next, and could yet be persuaded to write another Harry Potter novel, though this was unlikely to be a sequel or a prequel.
Rowling was speaking on Radio 4's "...
Mon, 24/09/2012 - 08:25
YUDU Media is to make a push into the education market with the launch of YUDU Education, a new service that will enable publishers to “seamlessly publish content for iOS, Android, Windows and browsers", and if users buy direct from publishers avoid aggregate fees such as Apple's 30% commission. Irish education publisher Folens...
Fri, 21/09/2012 - 12:53
It was a week that some might say sums up the modern book business.
It began at the Booksellers Association Conference, where a gentle breeze of optimism wafted around delegates as they sought to solve the e-bookselling conundrum and the p-bookselling model. As Philip...
Thu, 20/09/2012 - 09:46
The deals between four publishers, Apple and the European Commission over its e-book price-fixing probe could take “months” to become legally binding.
The EC revealed this week that Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Hachette Livre, Holtzbrinck and Apple had agreed to modify or terminate their agency ...
Wed, 19/09/2012 - 12:07
Hachette Livre has said it "remains confident that it did not violate the antitrust laws, and has made no admission of liability" after offering to "renegotiate" its agency contracts in response to a European Commission probe into alleged price-fixing. The new deals will mean Hachette cannot prevent the discounting of its...
Wed, 19/09/2012 - 10:14
The European Commission has begun the process of dismantling the agency model after finding publishers HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster, Macmillan, Hachette Livre, and Apple "engaged in a concerted practice" to raise e-book prices or prevent the emergence of lower prices across Europe. The commission has reached agreements that...