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Mon, 12 Oct 2009 03:46
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 9th October issue and via the Bookseller website:
- Publishers prepared for scaled-back Frankfurt: "The UK editorial presence at the Frankfurt Book Fair next week will be sharply reduced from its usual levels, with US editors expected to be even fewer on the ground. Transworld publisher Bill Scott-Kerr said four editors, half the usual number, would attend, although rights and international sales staff would go in full numbers..."
- Electronic Book Tokens delayed until 2010: "The Booksellers Association has postponed the launch of its electronic National Book Tokens gift card until next year, citing "an ongoing regulatory issue" caused by a third party as the cause."
- Wirral campaigners demand inquiry publication: "Library campaigners have expressed strong concern over the announcement by culture minister Margaret Hodge that publication of the inquiry into the Wirral library service will be further delayed."
- Penguin wins new Almond titles in six-figure deal: "Penguin has won the auction for two new novels by Skellig author David Almond. Puffin and Viking have jointly acquired the two titles paying a 'good six figures' for UK and Commonwealth rights after a 'hot' pre-Frankfurt auction..."
- 'Robust' Faber moves back into profit: "Faber has recorded a pretax profit of £1.08m over the year to end-March 2009, reversing last year's loss of more than £900,000. Chief executive Stephen Page said he was 'extremely pleased' by the change in company fortunes, which saw company turnover grow 8.5% to £15.8m"
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