Thu, 30/08/2007 - 14:31
Amazon has made its first foray into publishing with a new print-on-demand service for would-be authors. But the launch has prompted a storm of comment across the internet, with Timo Hannay, Nature Publishing Group's director of web publishing, suggesting that the move could be "the publishing news of the decade".
Tue, 28/08/2007 - 15:53
Channel 4 chairman Luke Johnson's private equity firm Risk Capital Partners is understood to be backing David Roche's management buyout of Borders' UK and Ireland business. While the deal has not been finalised, a decision on the chain's future is believed to be imminent.
Johnson is understood to be keen to retain Borders...
Tue, 28/08/2007 - 15:05
Sara Lawrence could easily have walked off the pages of a Mallory Towers novel. With the requisite bobbing blonde curls, sparkly blue eyes and wicked chuckle, she could certainly pass for one of Enid Blyton's bubbly, high-spirited schoolgirl heroines.
She is also extremely frank. "I never had a burning desire to write a novel,...
Thu, 23/08/2007 - 15:51
A recurring theme in Ronnie, Ronnie Wood's autobiography (Macmillan, October) is that he keeps getting mistaken for his fellow Rolling Stone, guitarist Keith Richards. Blues legend Muddy Waters made this error, as did Chuck Berry. Fans, Wood notes wryly, keep doing it to this day.
At Gatwick on the way to Budapest to interview Wood...
Thu, 23/08/2007 - 14:34
Booksellers fear publishers' moves to sell direct to consumers online will further erode their own sales, as the UK's two largest players, Random House and Hachette, make forays into direct selling.
Random has just launched a new direct-to-consumer site, www....
Thu, 16/08/2007 - 16:51
Tony Blair has recruited the US lawyer Robert Barnett (pictured left) to broker a deal for his memoirs. Barnett is best known for securing a reported $12m for Bill Clinton's autobiography - but estimates for Blair's book set the price tag at a record-breaking £8m, for world and full serial rights.
The advance will...
Mon, 13/08/2007 - 11:16
An interview with Bruce Parry on a break from his busy filming and globetrotting commitments couldn't possibly take place in a sterile hotel room: on a rare sunny British afternoon, the TV presenter prefers a patch of grass in Hyde Park. But it is still far removed from his usual locations, such as—most recently—Tanzania: "...
Thu, 09/08/2007 - 16:30
I see Ken Follett coming down the road from my window seat at the Dog and Duck pub in Soho. He is a few minutes late for our interview and is hurrying in a slightly comical half-running, half-walking trot.
Yet when he arrives he doesn't look at all flustered: his white bouffant hairstyle is perfectly coiffed, his elegant suit seems...
Fri, 03/08/2007 - 10:11
New culture minister Margaret Hodge has backed away from her right to seize control of failing libraries, saying that any use of her powers under the 1964 Public Libraries & Museums Act would be “short-sighted”.
Speaking to The Bookseller, Hodge indicated she would be unlikely to use the draconian powers and emphasised...
Fri, 03/08/2007 - 10:00
Like so much of the history of Harry Potter, Stephen Fry’s mould-breaking audiobook versions came about through a mix of publishing nous, belief and serendipity. At the centre of it all is Helen Nicoll, founder of audiobooks specialist Cover to Cover and, with Jan Pienkowski, author of the legendary Meg & Mog storybooks.