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Mon, 01 Feb 2010 05:39
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 mainly culled from the Bookseller magazine (Friday January 29 issue):
- JD Salinger had "15 new novels hidden in safe" -- more at mirror.co.uk
- Penguin has Salinger backlist relaunch planned for June: "Penguin imprint Hamish Hamilton will be relaunching JD Salinger's backlist in June with new covers approved by Salinger himself. The rejacketing was planned before the reclusive author died on Wednesday at his home at the age of 91..."
- Borders' UK crash leaves £40m unsecured debt: "Borders UK's unsecured creditors could receive as little as 1.5p in the £1, with just £600,000 ring-fenced to pay what is estimated to be in excess of £40m-worth of debt..."
- Celeb memoirs 'here to stay': "Publishers believe the celebrity memoir is "here to stay" despite a poor performance last year, with new titles from Keith Richards, Michael Caine and Katie Price in the pipeline for 2010..."
- Amazon.com 'temporarily' pulls titles from Macmillan US after e-book row: "Macmillan has set out new terms for the sale of e-books in the US, which has resulted in Amazon.com removing from direct sale all physical books and Kindle editons published by Macmillan..."
- UK publishers hail the iBook moment: "Publishers have welcomed the launch of Apple's iPad as an "important step" in the transition towards digital books, with one branding it "the most significant development yet". Dan Franklin, digital editor at Canongate, said: "I sat there and thought 'this is what we've been waiting for'." John Makinson, chief executive at Penguin, said the announcement represented "an important step in the development of a digital audience for books"..."
- However: Apple says iBook Store available in US only: "Apple's iBook Store looks unlikely to be made available outside of the US at launch, RegHardware is reporting..."
- TV Book Club audience grows, but 'best read' sales dip: "'The TV Book Club' on More 4 and Channel 4 scooped a bigger audience this week, picking up a peak average audience just short of 500,000 viewers overall. However, total weekly sales of the 10 titles saw a slight drop after transmission of the first show..."
- World Book Day targets adult readers: "Adult readers will be able to buy one paperback under £10 and get a second free to donate to charity or give as a gift as part of this year's World Book Day. Vouchers will be given away in the Times, Sunday Times, the Sun or News of the World between 4-7 March..."
- Sales drop, but W H Smith says it had a 'good' Christmas: "W H Smith has described its Christmas performance, in which like-for-like high street sales were down 5% for the 11 weeks to 23rd January, as "good" and "in line with expectations", stressing that despite the sales fall "gross margins increased and costs were tightly controlled" in both divisions..."
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