Fri, 05/08/2011 - 11:27
Is £18.99 the new £17.99? We ask because the recommended retail price (r.r.p.) of publishers’ lead titles are on the rise, and high street booksellers—those who offer range and service ahead of discount—are starting to feel the cost.
Fri, 08/07/2011 - 14:26
In our features section this week, we have one of the highlights of the year and half-year: our review of publisher performance. We take pains—great pains—to underline that this is Nielsen BookScan TCM data only—print figures, that...
Fri, 08/07/2011 - 09:55
Print sales across the book market have dropped by 3% in the first six months of 2011, compared to the same period last year, with Jamie Oliver the bestselling author over the period, ahead of Julia Donaldson and James Patterson. Macmillan, Penguin, Simon & Schuster, Bloomsbury and Usborne all saw sales growth in the half-year even as the...
Thu, 09/06/2011 - 15:17
Publishing Scotland has launched its Company Development Project, calling for applications from small- and medium-sized publishing companies.
The initiative, hosted by Publishing Scotland and partly funded by Creative Scotland, aims to support between 12 and 15 small- and medium-sized publishing companies, creating a customised...
Mon, 09/05/2011 - 09:28
Publishers’ sales of children’s books fell by almost 7% during 2010, from 190m in 2009 to 177m in 2010, marking a third successive fall for the children’s market since 2007 when publishers’ sales stood at 212m units.
The figures are reported in the Publishers’ Association Statistics Yearbook 2010...
Wed, 13/04/2011 - 14:09
Library campaigner Tim Coates called on publishers to get involved in the fight to save public libraries, warning that the 500 currently threatened with closure will be followed by many more without action to protect the service.
Speaking at the “Books and Public Libraries in the UK” LBF seminar, in the wake of the London...
Thu, 21/10/2010 - 16:13
Librarians have warned that publishers have "declared war on libraries" with the new position on library lending, announced by Faber c.e.o. Stephen Page this morning at the CILIP Public Library Authorities conference in Leeds. Page said that all the major trade houses had agreed a baseline position through the Publishers Association...
Mon, 18/10/2010 - 13:19
Here’s a modest proposal. Let’s get rid of editors. Seriously, would publishing be better off without them? Should we abolish lunch?
Any agent worth their salt will be able to tell you many recent stories of editors – senior, well known editors – who have loved books that the agents have submitted to them but for...
Fri, 01/10/2010 - 10:50
Here's a statement of the blindingly obvious: there's a lack confidence in British publishing at the moment. Book buying is down, Waterstones lurches from crisis to crisis, discounts cut deeper and deeper and just over the hill hordes of hungry e-...
Wed, 29/09/2010 - 15:54
Traditional licensed publishing of television brands is coming under pressure as publishers turn to digitally-created brands for ‘the next big thing'. This week, Penguin's licensing imprint Sunbird will begin publishing a series of books based on characters from Mind Candy's social networking website Moshi Monsters, including...