• Wed, 01/02/2012 - 15:30

    Crowd-funded publisher Unbound has signed its first two rights deals, with c.e.o. John Mitchinson saying the acquisitions are "more evidence that we are straddling the gap between a crowd-funding platform and a traditional publisher".

    The publisher bought UK and exclusive European rights through Sophie Hamley at the Cameron...

  • Wed, 01/02/2012 - 15:15

    Gollancz has signed a debut science fiction novel from comedian and songwriter Mitch Benn, star of Radio 4's "The Now Show", following an impromptu Twitter conversation.

    Deputy publishing director Simon Spanton acquired world rights, including audio and film, in two books for a "good five-figure sum" through...

  • Wed, 01/02/2012 - 08:30

    The Culture, Media and Sport select committee inquiry into library closures will begin hearing oral evidence next week. The evidence session is expected to commence on Tuesday 7th February and will be open to the public.

    Librarian campaign group Voices for the Library and Paul Lorber, leader of the Liberal Democrats in Brent, are...

  • Wed, 01/02/2012 - 08:05

    The Publishers' Publicity Circle (PPC) has revealed the shortlists for its 2011 awards, including its new Librarian of the Year prize.

    The awards are given to publicists responsible for the best PR campaigns carried out in 2011, and include the PPC Award for Hardback Non-Fiction, with nominations for Riot Communications' Anwen...

  • Wed, 01/02/2012 - 08:00

    McGraw-Hill is exploring a possible sale of its $2.5bn-plus education business, according to a Financial Times report.

    Expressions of interest are said to be "at an early stage". The US group declined to comment.

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  • Tue, 31/01/2012 - 15:22

    Pan Macmillan has acquired the autobiography of former home secretary Jack Straw.

    Macmillan editorial director Georgina Morley bought world rights through Georgina Capel at Capel & Land, with the book to be published in September 2012, at the start of the political conference season.

    Straw has been a Labour MP for 33 years...

  • Tue, 31/01/2012 - 15:17

    Daniel Scott is to step into the newly created role of managing director at Oneworld.

    Scott, formerly the commercial director at Atlantic Books, will take up the position immediately. He will report directly to publishers Juliet Mabey and Novin Doostdar, and will oversee the day to day running of the independent as well as...

  • Tue, 31/01/2012 - 09:00

    Quercus has bought three books by Katie Piper, who survived a rape and acid attack in 2008 and told her story through the Channel 4 documentary "Katie: My Beautiful Face" and the follow up series "Katie: My Beautiful Friends". 

    Quercus non-fiction publishing director Jenny Heller bought world rights in the...

  • Mon, 30/01/2012 - 15:30

    HarperCollins has announced publication of an enhanced e-book of bestseller Game of Thrones by George R R Martin.

    The new £6.99 edition features an interactive map tracking the locations of characters throughout the novel, plus two new maps with detailed renderings of the novel's capital city King's Landing and...

  • Mon, 30/01/2012 - 14:57

    Antoine Gallimard, president of the French Publishers Association (Syndicat National de l’Edition, SNE) and c.e.o. of Gallimard, has called for the creation of a Nielsen BookScan à la Française to remedy flaws in the sales data provided by market research firms GfK and Ipsos.
     
    The problem with current...

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