Tue, 05/03/2013 - 11:54
We all know that a dog is for life, not just for Christmas, but for World Book Day director Kirsten Grant, the message she wants to spread is that WBD is for the whole year, not just for one day. Joining the charity in August 2011, Grant’s aim is to turn WBD, and its newly revamped website, into a year-round resource for teachers,...
Thu, 31/01/2013 - 14:00
Rachel Russell and I meet at the Book Industry Conference where the talk is about bookaholics, reinvigorating backlist sales and pan-industry initiatives. The last subject is something that Russell, W H Smith's business director for books, is set to experience first hand. She becomes vice-chairman of World Book Day in 2010, taking over as...
Tue, 22/01/2013 - 11:46
You need only be a casual observer of the children’s market to know that series are big business: Orchard’s Beast Quest, Orion’s Horrid Henry, Puffin’s Diary of a Wimpy Kid. Children love the opportunity to stick with characters, making them a safe and rewarding choice for parents.
Reg Wright and Richard...
Fri, 21/12/2012 - 10:16
Berlin based start-up Readmill launched its social reading iPad app in December 2011, and for c.e.o. Henrik Berggren and his team, the beauty of Readmill lies not with the books that are being read, but the discussions that are happening about them in the margins.
Readmill is an app that enables users to highlight parts of an e-book...
Fri, 14/12/2012 - 12:55
Having spent 12 years walking through the aisles of the London Book Fair, which sees around 25,000 attendees from 133 countries visit each year, Alistair Burtenshaw has a pretty good overview of the international publishing market. After leaving the top job at the fair in September, his next move is another global one—this month sees...
Fri, 07/12/2012 - 15:12
From stints in publishing, at Random House, and in the music industry, at EMI Recorded Music, Fionnuala Duggan has witnessed the shift to digital from many different viewpoints.
International m.d. at digital e-textbook platform CourseSmart as of May last year, her next job is to revolutionise the digital textbook and coursebook...
Mon, 05/11/2012 - 11:31
Pride of place on a shelf in Simon Trewin’s office sits a rejection letter. A postcard from over 10 years ago sent by a prominent London editor, it cheerily yet devastatingly runs down the perceived faults of his client’s manuscript—a “thanks, but no thanks” in no uncertain terms. “That book turned out to...
Wed, 03/10/2012 - 09:56
The Bookseller's Catherine Neilan spoke to John Fallon in June 2009:
When John Fallon joined Pearson in 1997, the company was a very different beast from the one it is now. At the time of his arrival as communications director, the publisher owned a collection of relatively unrelated companies, including Lazards...
Fri, 25/05/2012 - 10:18
In just four years Anwen Hooson and Preena Gadher have grown Riot Communications from a new business venture operating out of Hooson’s spare room into an award-winning arts PR company; Riot has just won the PPC-sponsored Bookseller Industry Award for Publicity Campaign of the Year for Hooson’s work with Penguin’s Amelia...
Tue, 08/05/2012 - 15:51
How new is Marcus Leaver to his job? When I meet him in the office block that contains the Quarto offices in London, the security guard at general reception desk cannot find him on the computer. “Are you sure he’s at Quarto?” I’m eventually asked.
Yet though he has been at his new role as chief operating...