Fri, 16/03/2012 - 08:10
Publishers need to emerge from the shadow of Nielsen BookScan and use their own judgement while improving non-fiction books in order to beat the digital onslaught, delegates at the Independent Publishers Guild's 50th conference heard last week.
Publishers need to become "pricing experts" and think more dynamically when...
Tue, 13/03/2012 - 08:31
United Agents has promoted four of its younger staff members, with three stepping up into associate agent roles.
Ariella Feiner, Katy Jones and Wendy Millyard are now associate agents, and will be able to actively start to build their own client lists. Meanwhile, Zoe Ross becomes a full agent looking after foreign rights and UK audio...
Tue, 13/03/2012 - 07:20
Quercus Books imprint MacLehose Press has acquired two new titles by Australasian authors C K Stead and Murray Bail. Both authors were previously published by Harvill Press.
Publisher Christopher MacLehose acquired world rights including ANZ to novel Risk by New Zealand author Stead, with plans to publish in October 2012 with...
Thu, 08/03/2012 - 08:05
Dedicated digital bookseller Bilbary will launch in the US in the next fortnight and in the UK and Europe by April, its founder Tim Coates has told The Bookseller.
Coates said he expected the site, which will have books to buy and rent...
Thu, 08/03/2012 - 08:00
A novel banned by the Chinese government has made the longlist for the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize 2012, worth £10,000.
Yan Lianke’s novel Dream of Ding Village, about a blood-selling scandal in contemporary China, was given a "three nos" order—no distribution, no sales, no promotion—...
Wed, 07/03/2012 - 08:30
The Google eBooks store has been merged into the company's wider entertainment portal with books now listed alongside other consumer products such as apps, games, music and movies.
The rebranded site Google Play was launched overnight, and replaces Google's Android Marketplace. The...
Wed, 07/03/2012 - 08:15
English PEN is to look for a new director after Jonathan Heawood announced that he will step down in June.
Heawood, who has served as director of the writers' association for six years, is to take up a new role as director of programmes at human rights foundation, the Sigrid Rausing Trust.
Gillian Slovo, English PEN...
Wed, 07/03/2012 - 07:45
Seven titles have been shortlisted for the first Bread and Roses Award for Radical Publishing, including two from indie Pluto Press.
The £1,000 annual award was set up by the Alliance of Radical Booksellers, which includes retailers...
Tue, 06/03/2012 - 14:52
The Publishers Association has said it is looking forward to working with internet service providers BT and TalkTalk and the government in implementing the Digital Economy Act, as the Court of Appeal this morning upheld the bill.
The Court of Appeal quashed BT and TalkTalk's argument that the act could limit users' rights. The...
Tue, 06/03/2012 - 14:30
Pan Macmillan has acquired the memoirs of Nanny Pat, who stars in ITV1's "The Only Way is Essex", with the book to tell of her East End childhood, running the household after her mother died when she was 11.
Editorial director Ingrid Connell bought world rights from Andrew Lownie, with Pan Macmillan planning publication...