Guinness World Records has reportedly claimed Scholastic is trying to “steal its business” with its Book of World Records and has filed court papers against the publisher.
According to the New York Post, Guinness is suing Scholastic alleging Scholastic designed its cover after seeing a mock-up of Guinness World Records at a business meeting this year. The company has alleged Scholastic's book “obviously copies” Guinness’ planned publication for next year.
Both record books allegedly feature a colourful background and titles in similar print. Scholastic’s book is priced at $12.99 (£9.66), less than half of Guinness’ $28 price, prompting Guinness to accuse Scholastic of unfair competition. Scholastic’s 320-page title is listed on Amazon.co.uk as being published in the UK on 31st October. It is aimed for children aged from eight to 12.
The Guinness World Records annual is now in its 62nd year.
Guinness World Records 2017 sold 448,204 copies so far according to Nielsen Book Scan while the latest edition shifted 38,449 copies.
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