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    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 10th July issue:

    • Tesco "is to push further into children's and cookery books in a bid to increase weekly sales from £1.5m to £2m"
    • Virgin Books "will not publish any new titles in its Black Lace and Nexus erotica lists next year, although the publisher has said that the imprints will remain 'active'"
    • Penguin UK "is to cut its workforce by 10% in response to what group chief executive John Markinson described as 'tremendous opportunities' arising out of digital, and the 'unprecedented pressure on costs'"
    • and Penguin UK's "outgoing managing director Helen Fraser has hailded the 'brilliant' decision to promote Tom Weldon as her successor and its next chief executive"
    • independent publisher "Vision Paperbacks has failed to pay its authors for more than a year, and has been incommunicado since December"
    • the Booksellers Association "has said its 2010 conference will take place on 17th and 18th May at the Hotel Russell in Bloomsbury, London"
    • stock of Michael Jackson books "has been limited, and promises that new titles would be available from as early as this week have failed to materialise"
    • Foyles chairman "Christopher Foyle has said the business will remain under family control, after a restructuring led to two redundancies"
    • the "three men who attacked the home of Gibson Square publisher Martin Rynja shortly before he was due to publish The Jewel of Medina, have been jailed"
    • legislation "that will require all authors who visit schools to be registered on a national database has been branded as 'Labour's Section 28' by bestselling author Philip Pullman"
  • Bookseller redux banner

    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 3rd July issue:

    • publishers "are vying to be the first to market with a Michael Jackson book with at least four new titles commissioned in the days following his death"
    • W H Smith "chief executive Kate Swann has defended the exclusive travel book deal with Penguin... [writing] that the deal was in response to a declining travel market"
    • Waterstone's m.g. Gerry Johnston "has remained bullish after the company reported falling sales and profit in its annual results"
    • Borders UK "has launched a new e-book reader into stores that it is marketed as a cheaper option to the Sony Reader"
    • James Gurbutt "whose position as associate publisher at Harvill Secker was one of those recently made redundant at Random House, is to head a new fiction imprint at Constable & Robinson"
    • library proposals aired by Roy Clare "risk giving a green light to local councils to close branch libraries"
    • the Frankfurt Book Fair "has responded to the recession by launching new exhibition areas and events with a tight focus on digital publishing"
    • independent publishers "have called for more compliance checks in chain stores to ensure promotional books are correctly positioned and stickered in every branch"
    • me, your 'umble editor, has been mentioned in annual Hospital Club 100 list again (the list "ranks the most influential creative and media people") -- I was the "Emerging" winner in the Books and Literary category!
    • The Book Depository has been shortlisted for Direct to Consumer Bookselling Company of the Year at this year's Bookseller Retail Awards
  • Bookseller redux banner

    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 26th June issue:

    • supermarket chain "Sainsbury's is to relaunch its adult book club and introduce a children's book club as part of its increased focus on books"
    • Russell Brand's "'My Booky Wook 2: This Time It's Personal'... has been pulled from the autumn schedule. The flamboyant comedian has been unable to write the sequel to his bestselling 2007 memoir... 'because of his work commitments'"
    • Random House company "Cornerstone has announced a new internal structure, which has seen Kate Elton, the current publishing director for Arrow, also take on the role of publishing director for Century. Century publishing director Mark Booth has resigned"
    • the "exclusive foreign travel book deal brokered between Penguin and W H Smith Travel has been branded a 'retrograde and regrettable step' as the row about the exclusive tie-up continues"
    • Edward Hogan "was revealed as the winner of the second £10,000 Desmond Elliott Prize for his debut novel Blackmoor"
    • Roy Clare, "the chief executive of the Museums, Libraries & Archives Council (MLA), has rejected as 'wounding and untrue' the accusation that the MLA's response to a recent Freedom of Information (FoI) request on its dealings with Swindon libraries was incomplete"
    • Phaidon "is to publish a book in which art collector and advertising guru Charles Saatchi answers 'with brutal frankness' some 200 questions put to him by journalists, critics and members of the public"
    • The Curzon Group, "founded to revive interest in British thriller writing, has secured a deal with W H Smith Travel to hold what is thought to be the first ever writers' airport tour"
    • a "buyer may have been found for the Methvens bookshop in Chertsey"
    • and the most exciting news of the week... The Book Depository (yes, us!) "has begun testing a new North American website"
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    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 19th June issue:

    • booksellers and publishers "are banking on a 'showbizzy' autumn to defy the economic downturn, with a slew of celebrity-led books lining up for pre-Christmas release"
    • October 1st "is being hailed as 2009's 'Super Thursday', with a slew of big autumn releases hitting stores on what, 'Dan Brown day' aside, will be the biggest date in the bookselling calendar of the year"
    • Waterstone's "has stopped taking prepayments for customer orders in stores supplied by its new distribution 'hub'. Staff were told to stop taking any payments from 11th June because delivery dates on the books could not be guaranteed"
    • travel writers and publishers "are continuing to keep up the pressure on W H Smith Travel and Penguin after they signed an exclusive deal" (whereby Smith's travel shops "would sell only Penguin-published foreign travel guides")
    • the "'options are open' on a follow-up to the James Bond hit Devil May Care... though Sebastian Faulks has confirmed that he will not author a second Bond title"
    • Amazon c.e.o. Jeff Bezos "has criticised the Google Settlement, saying that the proposed deal 'needs to be revisited'"
    • Scholastic and The Book People (TBP) "are to close the joint venture they have been operating since 2002"
    • authors contracts "need updating to reflect the fact that writers are taking an increasingly active role in promoting their books, Philippa Milnes-Smith, president of the Association of Authors Agents, has said"
    • the Publishers Association "has warned that the government's proposals for combating illegal filesharing fall short of what the publishing industry urgently needs"
    • Bloomsbury Publishing "has said that it will 'vigorously' defend the claim of plagiarism made against the publisher by the estate of deceased author Adrian Jacobs, stating that the allegation that Harry Potter author J K Rowling copied from Jacobs' earlier work was 'unfounded, unsubstantiated and untrue'"
  • Bookseller redux banner

    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 12th June issue:

    • Amazon "may launch the Kindle in the UK this year, Waterstone's has had success with the Sony Reader and Borders is about to launch a new device, but Nick Hornby [has] said, 'People don't read enough... They read maybe seven or eight [books] per year. You don't need one of those machines to do that'"
    • travel publishers "are bracing themselves for a 'whopping great returns' list -- after it was revealed that W H Smith would only sell Penguin foreign travel guides from its airport stores"
    • Luck Johnson "chairman of Borders UK, has denied that the retailer is up for sale, following the appointment of financial adviser Clearwater Corporate Finance last week"
    • Tom Hodgkinson "editor of biannual magazine The Idler is self-publishing the latest issue under the imprint Idler Books"
    • a "children's poem written by Ted Hughes in the mid-1950s and lost is being published this autumn by Thames & Hudson"
    • authors "will turn till-jockeys, take part in reading groups about their own books and host literary lunches during... Independent Booksellers Week (15th-22nd June)
    • library campaigner Tim Coates "called for the public library service in Wirral to be given to a neighbouring local authority to manage"
    • Orion audiobooks "and unabridged audio publisher W F Howes will both be supplying audio editions of Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol to coincide with Transworld's print edition in September"
    • leading "radio and TV broadcaster Jeremy Vine will host this year's Bookseller Retail Awards"
    • millionaire "philanthropist Sigrid Rausing and her husband Eric Abraham, the owners of Granta Publications and Portobello Books, are to take a more hands-on role"

     

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