Sun, 28/11/2010 - 09:06
Online retailers are anticipating a flurry of Christmas shopping on 6th December as pay packets are opened and Christmas panic sets in. The day has been dubbed "Cyber Monday".
Kieron Smith, managing director of The Book Depository, said despite shopping comparison website Kelkoo predicting that 29th November was likely to be...
Sun, 28/11/2010 - 09:00
Atlantic Books has bought the rights to a book by ex-chancellor of the exchequer Alistair Darling, which it claims will "put the reader inside the room during the most seismic economic crisis of modern times".
The book has the provisional title Back From the Brink and will be published in September next year. The title...
Thu, 25/11/2010 - 15:29
Quercus is to launch a new fiction imprint in January, with Gollancz associate publisher Jo Fletcher joining to set up the new list. Fletcher will join at the beginning of next year to set up Jo Fletcher Books, which the publisher said will "become a leader in the world of sci-fi, fantasy and horror". She has spent the last 16 years...
Thu, 25/11/2010 - 12:17
A reward of 500,000 Kroner (£50,000) has been offered for crucial information on the shooting of Norwegian publisher William Nygaard. Nygaard was shot and seriously wounded outside his home in Oslo in October 1993. The case has recently been reopened and the Norwegian Publishers
Association and publisher H Aschehoug & Co have...
Thu, 25/11/2010 - 08:30
Time Out founder Tony Elliott has sold half his stake in the business to the private equity fund Oakley Capital Investments in a deal thought to be worth around £10m.
The private equity fund now owns 50% of Time Out, which encompasses both the magazine and publishing arms. Oakley said it would "provide financial and strategic...
Thu, 25/11/2010 - 08:20
Waterstone's is to promote 12 debut authors with the launch of Orange New Writers in a new partnership with Orange. The initiative, which will launch in March next year, will take the shape of 'Book of the Month' promotions offering debut authors the chance to receive month long retail exposure in all 316 Waterstone's stores....
Thu, 25/11/2010 - 05:20
HarperCollins Children's Books has bought the rights to a new title by "esteemed writer" Lynne Reid Banks and illustrator Tony Ross.
Harriet Wilson, editorial director of HC Children's Books, acquired world rights from Caspian Dennis of Abner Stein Literary Agency for Bad Cat, Good Cat. The title is aimed at...
Wed, 24/11/2010 - 15:25
W H Smith chief executive Kate Swann saw a dip in her annual earnings of almost £100,000 for the year ended 31st August 2010.
During the last year Swann's overall salary was £1.3m including both her standard salary and annual performance bonus. This was a drop from £1.4m the previous year. Her annual performance...
Wed, 24/11/2010 - 15:07
Simon & Schuster is the latest publisher to offer a Royal Wedding title with a "unique" biography of Prince William's future wife Kate Middleton.
Kate by celebrity biographer Sean Smith aims to offer a "unique perspective" on Middleton. The title will look at what the future holds for the Royal couple...
Wed, 24/11/2010 - 14:55
Penguin is to publish Arabic editions of Penguin Classics along with original modern and classical Arabic literature.
The new venture, Shorouk-Penguin, has been launched in partnership with Arab publisher Dar El Shorouk. Shorouk-Penguin will publish 12 translations of Penguin's international classics and up to eight local Arabic...