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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 29th May issue:

    • Toby Blackwell "has moved to secure the future of the Blackwell bookshop chain as a private business by setting up an 'impervious' 80-year trust that will take ownership of the voting shares afer he dies"
    • independent bookshops "have said they would not welcome the demise of r.r.p. and argued that the move would cost them time and negatively affect customer loyalty"
    • an "anti-piracy web tool launched by the Publishers' Association in February has recorded around 800 ilegally uploaded texts and successfully helped to remove almost 90% of them from the web"
    • Canongate and Australia-based Allen & Unwin "are the latest publishers to join the Independent Publishers Guild, which has seen its membership swell by 10% since the beginning of the year"
    • HarperCollins "has announced a restructuring of its publishing business following the impending departure of m.d. Amanda Ridout. It has also revealed that up to 6% of its staff, or around 50 jobs, will be made redundant following a company-wide review"
    • Dorling Kindersley "has made its top 10 bestselling Eyewitness travel guides available for download on to an Apple iPhone or iPod Touch"
    • book cover designs "are being hampered by 'scandalous' practices such as commissioning artwork without providing the title of the book, marketing consultant Damian Horner has claimed"
    • a "summer campaign to push James Patterson's English-language sales in Europe will begin next month at airports in Amsterdam and Prague"
    • more than "2,000 Penguin titles will now be available on mobile phones after the publisher announced a partnership with Mobcast"
    • inexperienced authors "run the risk of missing out on their Public Lending Right entitlement because there is no single mechanism to inform them of the need to register"
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    Each Monday, here on Editor's Corner, I quickly 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 22nd May issue:

    • British Bookshops' "new owner Endless has said it will not merge the bookseller with its discount book chain The Works"
    • for the "first time in its 151-year history, The Bookseller has produced a definitive list of the book trade's elite [which] recognises the UK's 100 most influential people in 2009" -- Andrew Crawford, our very own CEO is in... oooh, and so am I!
    • Quercus "is in 'advanced negotiations' with its bank and major shareholder Pentland Group to obtain short-term funding to pay off debts"
    • The Bodleian Library "is publishing an inside look at detective fiction written by 'queen' of the genre P D James"
    • the "MPs expenses scandal has cast a shadow over ongoing reviews of the cash-strapped library service"
    • Rachel Harcourt "has joined the Tesco's buying team as assistant buyer for children's books"
    • the "Arab Children's Book Publishers Forum has launched a new children's book award with prize money of about one million dirhams (about £79,000)"
    • Amanda Ross "has distanced herself from brother-in-law Jonathan Ross' Twitter bookclub [but] she welcomed the initiative saying: 'Anything that gets people reading is a good idea'"
    • Random House "has launched a social networking site for book groups" -- readersplace.co.uk
    • J D Salinger's "UK literary agency is consulting lawyers after the publication of an unauthorised sequel to his seminal book The Catcher in the Rye." The book in question is 60 Years Later: Coming Through the Rye by debut author John David California

     

  • Bookseller redux banner

    Each Monday, here on Editor's Corner, I quickly 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 15th May issue:

    • Richard & Judy's book club "will be replaced with 'something new, different and drastic for books on TV' according to Amanda Ross, m.d. of Cactus Books"
    • Publishers and retailers "have agreed that a replacement for the Richard & Judy Book Club brand needs to be found quickly"
    • HarperCollins "has brought forward publication of a collection of short stories featuring Stephenie Meyer (Prom Nights from Hell) after retailers objected to an exclusive deal with Waterstone's"
    • a survey into publishing salaries "has found that average starting wages have risen by 6% and average salaries by 4% over the past four years. Given inflation of nearly 10% over the period, salaries have fallen in real terms"
    • Penguin "is considering restructuring Dorling Kindersley -- its illustrated reference division -- after sounding out rival publishers about a possible sale of the operation"
    • Lyn Brown, Mp, "has given a first glimpse into the findings of her All-Party Parliamentary Group on Libraries' [revealing] that most of the submissions to the review thought that the Public Libraries Act needed overhauling"
    • Hachette Book Group USA, Simon & Schuster and McGraw-Hill "are among the publishers to have signed up for Blackwell's print-on-demand Espresso Book Machine, making 89,000 in-copyright titles available"
    • Waterstone's "is selling titles online at above recommended retail prices, despite cheaper deals being offered by other online retailers"
    • tiny Newcastle-based Tonto Books "is to publish the latest novel in Sheila Quigley's Seahills crime series after Random House passed on renewing its contract with the writer"
    • Lagardere Publishing "parent company of Hachette UK, has reported like-for-like sales growth of 14.1% for the first quarter of 2009, and 12% on a reported basis, with the sales growth driven mainly by the success of Stephenie Meyer"
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    Each Monday, here on Editor's Corner, I quickly 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 8th May issue:

    • Waterstone's management "is talking to staff about their futures after the chain revealed last week up to 650 jobs could go"
    • Sue Charteris "has been appointed to carry out the local inquiry into the public library service in the Wirral"
    • Century will publish a new Katie Price, Standing Out, in October. The "book will look at the glamour model's style, make-up and clothing"
    • veteran Irish novelist Edna O'Brien "was honoured at this year's Irish Book Award with the Bob Hughes Lifetime Achievement Award"
    • the Museums, Libraries & Archives Council "is holding a panel meeting on the 9th June to investigate the complaint made by library campaigner Tim Coates about the MLA's own actions in Swindon"
    • trading conditions "for book publishers and booksellers remain 'challenging' according to Pearson's interim management statement"
    • Sebastian Faulks "has surprised his regular publisher, Random House, by delivering his new book unexpectedly early. A Week in December, a highly contemporary novel set across seven days in December 2008, has crashed into the autumn schedule and will be published by Hutchinson in September instead of 2010 as was expected"
    • Blackwell "has shut down its King's Buildings branch at Edinburgh University"
    • Carol Ann Duffy's poetry collections "have enjoyed a significant sales boost following the author's appointment as the new Poet Laureate last week"
    • the Society of Authors "has awarded this year's Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography 2009 to Mark Bostridge for his biography Florence Nightingale: The Woman and Her Legend

     

  • Bookseller redux banner

    Each Monday, here on Editor's Corner, I quickly 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 1st May issue:

    • book sales "on the British high street have continued to fall, with the two major retailers [WHSmith and Waterstones] bemoaning a challenging market"
    • publishers "have an extra four months to scrutinise the Google Settlement, after the judge presiding over the case extended the opt-out deadline"
    • Lord Mountbatten's grandsaon "a survivor of the IRA bomb that killed his grandfather and twin brother in 1979, is to tell his personal story for the first time"
    • members of the Independent Publishers Guild "have questioned attempts by the Publishers Association to encourage small and medium-size enterprises (SMEs) to its fold"
    • Mainstream "is to produce a spin-off guide to Dan Brown's new book within days of its publication. Decoding The Lost Symbol by Simon Cox will be published "approximately two weeks" after Dan Brown's novel, The Lost Symbol... even though the content of the latest Brown offering remains almost entirely under wraps
    • Ottakar's founder James Heneage "and children's author Anthony Horowitz have joined the judging panel for The Bookseller Retail Awards 2009
    • this year's London Book Fair "saw a flurry of rights activity, with publishers buying and selling throughout the three-day event"
    • Quarto "has posted what it described as "satisfactory" results for the first quarter -- 'traditionally our slowest' -- of 2009 and the 12 months ending 31st March"
    • Random House Group chair "and c.e.o. Gail Rebuck has received the Veuve Cliquot Business Woman Award 2009"
    • HarperCollins "has launched HarperPlus, which offers readers exclusive audio, video and text content online... material can be accessed online at www.harperplus.com
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