Thu, 21/10/2010 - 09:29
Bertrams has reported an underlying operating profit of £4m over the last year (to 31st August) helped by strong internet and international sales. In its first full year owning Bertrams, parent company Smiths News reported a like for like sales increase of 6.8% at the book wholesaler.
The book wholesaler's sales increased from...
Thu, 21/10/2010 - 09:28
Random House Group chair and c.e.o. Dame Gail Rebuck and Booker winner Howard Jacobson have become patrons for World Book Night (WBN), with Canongate managing director Jamie Byng, who is the driving force behind WBN, saying he has received "incredible excitement and support" for the initiative. But some independent booksellers have...
Thu, 21/10/2010 - 09:25
Haynes is expanding its original transport remit further and moving into manuals on fictional topics.
After a manual on Thomas the Tank Engine in October last year the publisher is to release the USS Enterprise Owners’ Workshop Manual on 25th October, followed by Wallace and Gromit Cracking Contraptions Manual,...
Wed, 20/10/2010 - 15:16
The submissions deadline for the £30,000 Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award is 30th October at 1 p.m.
The prize, now in its second year, awards for a single short story from a fiction author who has had work published in Britain or Ireland. The winner will receive £30,000 and the five shortlisted writers...
Wed, 20/10/2010 - 15:04
Piatkus Books founder Judy Piatkus has joined TradeMobile as both a consultant and an investor. Piatkus sold her independent imprint to Little, Brown UK in 2007 and has since taken a sabbatical and undertaken various public speaking engagements.
Piatkus will now be working with TradeMobile, who helps companies develop mobile content, on...
Wed, 20/10/2010 - 12:43
HarperCollins Children's Books has acquired a the first title in a paranormal new young adult series by debut novelist Kiersten White. Publishing director Rachel Denwood bought UK and Commonwealth rights excluding Canada for Paranormalcy from HarperCollins US.
Publishing director Rachel Denwood said: "When a brilliantly...
Wed, 20/10/2010 - 09:24
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) is to investigate a complaint over an advert for Richard & Judy's exclusive book club with W H Smith. However, WHS has brushed off the investigation saying it does not have any "concerns".
Last month it was reported the ASA was assessing a complaint made by Cactus TV m.d. Amanda...
Wed, 20/10/2010 - 06:38
Author Sherry Argov has filed a lawsuit against Spanish publishing group Group Planeta accusing the publisher of copyright infringement and breach of contract related to the sale of Spanish-language editions in other territories. The lawsuit claims Planeta and its Editorial Diana Mexicana subsidiary have underpaid Argov, author of Why Men...
Mon, 18/10/2010 - 15:20
Students are buying more maths and science textbooks in a bid to secure qualifications for jobs, according to new figures that show a stable start to the academic season.
Nielsen BookScan Top 5,000 data suggests the market is flat, with very little change year on year. According to the statistics, the academic sector is down just 0.2%...
Mon, 18/10/2010 - 15:19
Tor has acquired two trilogies, one from the screenwriter of the recent Batman movies and another from the author of The Walking Dead comic book.
Julie Crisp, editorial director of Tor UK, pre-empted UK and Commonwealth rights in The Heavens Trilogy from Penguin US in a deal at Frankfurt. The science fiction/adventure series is...