Fri, 26/11/2010 - 11:17
Launching a new company at the start of a global recession might not be everyone's idea of fun, but for Lucy Abrahams, who set up her own scouting business in October 2008, it has been the best decision she's ever made. Quoting Confucius, who once declared that if you find a job you love, you'll never work a day in your life,...
Fri, 19/11/2010 - 11:14
Richard Mollet has barely had time to settle in to his new office when we meet. It's the end of his first week as the Publishers Association's chief executive, and he has already braved the Frankfurt Book Fair, defended the organisation's new policy on e-book lending in libraries, and agreed to speak at The Bookseller's...
Mon, 15/11/2010 - 11:59
There are certainly worse places to work than the Imago Publishing offices, set in the countryside in a rambling former farmstead on the outskirts of the Oxfordshire market town of Thame. Indeed, when I arrive—a long drive from the main road avoiding the seemingly suicidal pheasants darting out from the fields in front of the car—I...
Thu, 04/11/2010 - 17:12
The death of printed books has been forecast almost since e-books were invented. It has not happened and indeed seems a long way off. But what digital has spawned in recent years is a sort of counter-reformation; publishers who celebrate and experiment with physical books. One new start up doing just that is London-based Visual Editions,...
Fri, 29/10/2010 - 12:51
The timing of my meeting with Andre Schiffrin, long-standing critic of corporate publishing, legendary Pantheon publisher of old and independent firebrand of now with the not-for-profit house the New Press, could not have been better. It came just days after the bonfire of the quangos and Chancellor George Osborne's Comprehensive Spending...
Mon, 20/09/2010 - 09:42
This week marks the completion of the best part of a year's work for David Brawn, HarperCollins' publishing director for estates. Falling smack in the middle of Agatha Christie Week, HarperCollins announced on Wednesday (15th) that it had secured worldwide rights to Christie's entire back catalogue across print, digital and audio....
Mon, 13/09/2010 - 14:08
Once the world Curly Wurly-stretching champion (with a record of three feet in three minutes) and this year a participant in the largest gathering of men with moustaches, Craig Glenday makes an ideal editor-in-chief for Guinness World Records. "I know very little about lots of things and mentally am...
Fri, 03/09/2010 - 12:25
Custard, crackers, baked beans and chocolate oranges are a world away from billionaire sheikhs, mail-order mistresses and chivalrous rakes.
But that is the journey Mandy Ferguson made 12 months ago when, after 26 years working for food companies such as Ambrosia and Heinz she moved into her role as m.d. of Harlequin Mills & Boon....
Fri, 20/08/2010 - 11:36
Random House HQ. Summer hours. A silent office. And behind the door there is a Dalek.
When I jump, Albert DePetrillo laughs. "We used to have a John Simm [aka Doctor Who's nemesis, the Master]. But that was too distracting."
Fittingly, we are here to talk about BBC Books' Dr Who list, known for its tie-in novels...
Fri, 30/07/2010 - 10:47
There is a rare moment when Wiley's incoming head of the professional and trade division Mark Allin looks fazed by a question, when I ask him how he plans to split his time between the various offices around the world. His flummoxed expression is gradually replaced by a laugh, shared by his publicists. "That is one of the questions we...