Fri, 28/02/2014 - 15:42
What have publishers ever done for us? The question, a variation on the Monty Python joke about the Romans, is an important one. In an age when authors can bypass publishers, how do we recognise the value of the “publishing” process, and how do we talk about it?
The current online debate around publishing online is not an...
Mon, 23/09/2013 - 09:15
Publishers are gearing up campaigns for some of the biggest celebrity books of the autumn. National tours and online interviews being lined up to spread the word.
Super Thursday, a date which sees a number of the biggest titles released, falls on 10th...
Fri, 13/09/2013 - 09:12
Publishers have been urged to prepare for the sweeping changes to tax which will be introduced in 2015.
From 1st January 2015, the way VAT is dealt with across Europe for e-services, including e-books, will change, with the tax applied in the country where the consumer lives rather than where the supplier is based.
Tue, 06/08/2013 - 09:30
Publishers need to work more closely with academic libraries in developing countries, a report by Sage has concluded.
The academic publisher commissioned a six-month research study with institutions in 12 developing countries to explore how teaching and research staff valued their academic libraries and how their value could be better...
Thu, 30/05/2013 - 15:19
A new chapter has been opened in the long-running fi ght for survival of one of Germany’s best-known literary publishers.
On 27th May Suhrkamp initiated insolvency protection proceedings similar to Chapter 11, shielding it from its creditors, at a Magistrates’ Court in Berlin. Spokesperson Tanja Postpischil said the...
Thu, 09/05/2013 - 14:44
Scale. That is the buzzword du jour, or, rather de l’année—at least since the Penguin/Random House merger was announced last October. One of the underlying strategies of the Penguin/RH link-up—emphasised by their respective bosses, John Makinson and Markus Dohle, in emails to staff after the announcement—was...
Wed, 17/04/2013 - 09:45
UK trade publishers are becoming increasingly concerned about how Amazon.co.uk is policing territorial rights on its website, with some publishers claiming that US print editions of certain titles are being preferred in the retailer's online listings and supplied to UK customers direct.
The issue, believed to have become an...
Mon, 15/04/2013 - 06:42
In The Uses of Enchantment, Bruno Bettelheim suggests that parents are better telling, rather than reading, fairytales to their children because in that way the child will better know the parent.
Listening to the stories being told about publishing at the Bologna Book Fair, where they know a thing or two about telling tales...
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...
Mon, 11/03/2013 - 16:53
The following is a speech I gave at the Independent Publishers Guild conference last week. I was asked to give an overview of bookselling across all sectors, and set out the opportunities and threats for retailers in the years ahead. Since...