Mon, 29/04/2013 - 13:06
Historically we in the UK have been considered a nation of shopkeepers with an economy based on commerce. A walk along any high street, in any part of the country, suggests that this opinion is indeed a historical one.
It would be easy to say that the boarded-up shops and the empty premises are a result of the prolonged recession we...
Thu, 14/03/2013 - 08:00
Oneworld is firing up its publishing activities with a host of new recruits and its first digital imprint.
The independent publisher has just moved offices to 10 Bloomsbury Street, London, and has hired former Little, Brown editorial director Jenny Parrott in the newly created role of editorial director of fiction.
Fri, 01/03/2013 - 08:44
Scottish independent Mainstream will cease publishing new titles from the end of this year, after 35 years in business.
Its Edinburgh office will close on 31st December, with the loss of up to 10 jobs.
The company will publish all of its already scheduled titles, with the final title to be published in March 2014. The...
Wed, 06/02/2013 - 14:43
Zed Books is a radical independent publisher based in north London.
We publish trade and academic books on the social sciences and, unusually, are run as a worker co-operative. All of these features made it imperative for us to sign up to the new Publishing Equalities charter organised by Equip.
Zed Books is a company...
Mon, 21/01/2013 - 08:32
Consolidation between academic publishing houses is one of the trends being predicted for the sector in 2013. Meanwhile, the chiefs of the academic houses themselves are predicting the next 12 months will see a rise in digital textbook sales, as well as continuing developments in the open access debate.
George Lossius, c.e.o. of...
Mon, 14/01/2013 - 08:10
Canongate is readying a launch in all formats for the next novel by film-maker and author Ruth Ozeki, A Tale for the Time Being, which it acquired in a six-figure deal.
The book will be published on 11th March, with the hardback (£20), paperback (£7.99), e-book (£7.99) and audiobook (£13.99), all...
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...
Thu, 18/10/2012 - 12:00
Children's publishing veteran Martin West has set up a new venture, Authorization!, which offers editorial, design, sales and distribution services to children's publishers and self-published children's authors.
West is also launching his own list, Troika Books, as part of the company. The launch title, picture book...
Mon, 08/10/2012 - 08:04
JellyBooks, the book discovery service founded by former txtr executive Andrew Rhomberg, is to go live with close to 7,000 Harlequin Mills & Boon (HMB) titles this week, as it seeks to build up its range of books despite not closing a deal with a major publisher.
The website, founded in January 2011, allows users to download...
Fri, 05/10/2012 - 12:02
My favourite moment in cinema history is when Lawrence of Arabia convinces his friend Sherif Ali to do the impossible: attack the fortress harbour of Aqaba from the rear, through the punishing Nefud desert, with only 50 unreliable mercenaries. His thinking is that the huge guns face the sea to protect the Suez Canal and that they cannot be...