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Mon, 02 Nov 2009 06:06
Each Monday, here on Editor's Corner, I run through the latest issue of the Bookseller magazine and pick out the bits and pieces of book industry news that catch my eye.
This quick round-up of book stuff is culled from the pages of last Friday's 30th October issue and via the Bookseller website:
- the "threshold for publishers to get their books into the top ten is at its lowest level for at least five years..."
- ... "but as the trade begins to head into its peak trading period before Christmas competition in the Original Fiction market is reaching the highet it has been in five years. The success of the likes of Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol, Stieg Larsson's The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet's Nest and Terry Pratchett's Unseen Academicals, means a publisher required weekly sales of on average 3,208 copies to get into the Original Fiction top 10 this autumn. Sales averaging 2,234 books would have been likely to secure a top 10 fiction hit during the same period last year"
- the National Union of Journalists "is to approach Scottish MPs and commercial organisations in a bid to prevent the Edinburgh office of Chambers being closed"
- Wholesaler Bertrams "is looking at acquisitions to grow its book and library supply businesses, after it posted a small profit in its most recent trading period... Bertrams recorded a profit of £500,000 for the five months until the end of August, according to results released by its parent company, Smiths News. The wholesaler recorded sales of £53.5m during the period. It has also been buoyed by recent contract wins to supply books to the Daily Mail and two library supply contracts in Scotland. The deals are believed to be worth around £3m"
- BBC Worldwide "has said it has no plans to sell Lonely Planet, despite rumours that it is "top of the list" for a review of the corporation's activities... The 2007 acquisition of 75% of the travel guide publisher for £89m has faced a number of concerns, and been attacked by ministers as well as industry competitors such as chief executive of News Corp's European and Asian businesses James Murdoch"
- Slow-moving publishers "risk being left out of an 'explosion' in demand for the creation of book applications for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. At least one major non-fiction author is said to be planning to bypass his publisher and create his 'app' directly. Adam Martin, head of the interactive department at United Agents, said apps were a 'game-changer' for authors and publishers. He warned that publishers needed to move 'within the next six months'. 'If they are slow, they may get left out,' he said"
- Critics of the Google Settlement "have asked the judge presiding over the agreement to make sure its opponents are given 'sufficient time to study and comment on, any amended settlement agreement'. In a court filing, Amazon, Yahoo, and Microsoft, among others, also asked the judge to 'reject any proposed restrictions on the scope of objections'"
- French culture minister Frederic Mitterrand "is increasing pressure on his European Union (EU) counterparts to adopt a common stance over library book digitisation by Google or other private sector companies"
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