Fri, 03/05/2013 - 15:45
Tom Tivnan reveals the whirlwind fortnight which took Lady Thatcher’s authorised biography to market
Do you remember where you were when you heard Margaret Thatcher died? For Penguin Press’ publishing director Stuart Proffitt, news of the former PM’s death meant the beginning of the busiest fortnight in his...
Fri, 03/05/2013 - 09:24
Tools of Change, one of publishing's premier digital conference programmes, first launched in 2006, has been unexpectedly shut by its owner Tim O'Reilly.
O'Reilly, who founded computer and technology specialist O'Reilly Media in 1986, announced the move last night (2nd May) on the TOC blog, writing that the company was...
Mon, 29/04/2013 - 08:30
A price war earlier this month between two of China’s biggest online booksellers has resulted in tens of thousands of in-copyright e-books being available to download for free.
From 17th–19th April, DangDang.com offered almost all its 80,000 e-books on site for free, while its fierce rival Jingdong Mall matched the...
Fri, 26/04/2013 - 10:00
La Martinière is to restructure, shed 19 jobs and cut production of its illustrated and children’s novelties range by up to 30%. The group is France’s third largest publisher and the parent of Abrams, the US house that first published Jeff Kinney’s Wimpy Kid series.
The redundancies were confirmed by c...
Wed, 17/04/2013 - 11:40
Publisher–generated online communities, such as HarperCollins’ InkPop, Gollancz’s SF Gateway and Hachette’s Pick a Poppy, are set to almost double over the next two years, according to research by Bowker which was unveiled at yesterday’s “The Campaign Revolution: New Models for Reaching Reader Communities...
Wed, 17/04/2013 - 11:10
Faber editor-at-large and Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker has made his first acquisition for the publisher.
Cocker signed world rights for Singing from the Floor by J P Bean, an oral history of British folk clubs, in a deal done directly with the author.
The title was recommended to Cocker by former Pulp guitarist and...
Wed, 17/04/2013 - 09:15
Henry Rosenbloom, the founder and publisher of Australian independent Scribe, has made a number of LBF acquisitions for his new British arm, Scribe UK, including Pulitzer Prize-winner David Finkel’s Thank You for Your Service, which will be made into a film by Steven Spielberg.
Finkel’s book is a follow-up to...
Tue, 16/04/2013 - 11:55
New entrants to the UK e-book market buy more books, but tend to buy more from Amazon, even for print. The number of UK digital book buyers crossed the eight million threshold for the first time; but the percentage growth for first-time entrants to the e-book market is slowing.
Those were some of the highlights of “...
Tue, 16/04/2013 - 08:50
Swedish thriller Chain of Events by scriptwriter Fredrik T Olsson has attracted a rush of attention at LBF, attracting eight pre-empt deals around the world, with film rights already optioned by Warner Bros.
Represented by agent Jonas Axelsson, who was previously a publisher at Albert Bonnier Forlag and who launched his...
Tue, 16/04/2013 - 08:40
The Korean Publishers Association has told publishers that current tensions in North Korea should not discourage partnerships with South Korean businesses or attendance to the Seoul Book Fair later this year.
Seung Hyun Moon, director of the International Project Department for the Korean PA, told the Bookseller Daily:...