Tue, 21/02/2012 - 14:51
Research by the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP) has indicated that as many as 700 of 3,500 professionally qualified librarians have lost their jobs in the current financial year, chief executive Annie Mauger told the culture select committee at its second oral evidence session, given this morning (21st...
Tue, 21/02/2012 - 07:30
Hodder & Stoughton is to publish an original audio digital short story by bestselling author Stephen King, with plans to release through audible.co.uk and iTunes on 23rd February.
Editor Philippa Pride bought British Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, in the title, Mile 81, through Chuck Verrill of Darhansoff and...
Tue, 21/02/2012 - 07:00
Octopus has acquired the first book from boutique ice-cream parlour The Icecreamists, which sells ice creams including Baby Goo Goo, made with breast milk, and with names such as Taking the Pistachio and Under the Cherry Spoon.
Cookery commissioning editor Eleanor Maxfield bought world rights through Jonathan Pegg at the Jonathan Pegg...
Mon, 20/02/2012 - 15:17
The deadline for entries to The Bookseller Industry awards is this Friday, 24th February.
Seventeen categories are open, ranging across all bookselling and publishing disciplines, with new categories this year for best academic, educational and professional publisher and for best library.
All details on every category and on...
Mon, 20/02/2012 - 15:16
Picador has acquired the next novel by Orange Prize-shortlisted novelist Ellen Feldman, with the title to be set in the paranoid America of the Cold War.
Editorial director Francesca Main bought UK and Commonwealth rights in the new novel, The Unwitting, through Veronique Baxter at David Higham Associates, who struck the deal...
Mon, 20/02/2012 - 08:16
A story told through the texts of two lovers is up against tales written by bestselling authors including Diana Athill, Lionel Shriver, Emma Donoghue and Toby Litt on the longlist for the £30,000 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award 2012.
Will Cohu's "Two Bad Thumbs" tells the story of a...
Mon, 20/02/2012 - 08:10
Plexus is to rush-release a biography of singer Whitney Houston on 8th March in the UK, following its German publication last year.
The title, Whitney Houston, is written by Mark Bego and will be published as a paperback original r.r.p. £9.99, with a 50,000 copy print run. An e-book edition will follow.
Fri, 17/02/2012 - 15:16
The leading French cultural products chain Fnac has reported a dismal performance in 2011, even though parent company PPR described the year as “excellent.”
Fnac’s sales fell by 3.2% to nearly 4.2 billion euros or 3.6% on a like-for-like basis, while operating income plunged by 46.5% to 103 million euros...
Fri, 17/02/2012 - 08:30
HarperCollins US has acquired world rights in a memoir by Amanda Knox, the American student cleared of murdering her British housemate Meredith Kercher in Perugia in 2007, in a deal worth a reported $4m (£2.5m) after a seven-way publisher auction.
According to Associated Press reports, Knox was represented by Washington attorney...
Thu, 16/02/2012 - 15:30
Thriller-writer Frederick Forsyth has been awarded the Crime Writers’ Association (CWA)’s Diamond Dagger award, as the organisation revealed more details about its new Crime Readers' Association (CRA).
Forsyth, who will receive the award at a ceremony later this year, joins a list of recipients that includes Val...