Tue, 10/12/2013 - 09:00
W H Smith has reduced the space dedicated to selling adult backlist titles in its high street stores. The move will make room for more children’s books and Kobo e-reading devices.
The retailer said in its annual report filed yesterday (9th December) that...
Tue, 10/12/2013 - 07:00
A row has erupted between US-based open access forum Academia.edu and academic publisher Elsevier.
The controversy arose after the publisher issued ‘take down’ notices for articles it owns the copyright to, which were made available for free on the website.
One academic who posted his work on the research-sharing...
Mon, 09/12/2013 - 11:44
A controversial book about the life of Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard—Bare-faced Messiah—is to be brought back into print by British independent publisher Silvertail Books.
The biography, written by the then-Times journalist Russell Miller, was first published in the UK in 1987 by Michael Joseph. It...
Mon, 09/12/2013 - 10:22
Booksellers have hailed the first UK Small Business Saturday, held this weekend (7th December) as a “great success", with many reporting an increase in sales and footfall.
The Small Business Saturday initiative, encouraging consumers to shop at their local small businesses, started in the US three years ago. It came to the...
Fri, 06/12/2013 - 12:25
Simon & Schuster has created a social media community for readers of the New Adult genre called The Hot Bed.
The Hot Bed, featured on Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter, will carry content from S&S UK and US New Adult authors including Abbi Glines, Jamie McGuire, Colleen...
Fri, 06/12/2013 - 11:04
Snowbooks has acquired UK rights to the second and third Gideon Smith steampunk novels by David Barnett.
Journalist Barnett's first in the series, Gideon Smith and the Mechanical Girl, was published in September 2013 and The Guardian described the author as a "superb storyteller (...
Fri, 06/12/2013 - 09:30
Low salaries are said to remain a major obstacle for bookshop managers looking to recruit and retain knowledgeable, passionate staff.
According to Prospects, a graduate careers advice service, typical bookseller starting salaries are between £12,000–£17,000 per annum, and £20,000–£40,000 at senior...
Thu, 05/12/2013 - 10:01
The chancellor George Osborne is set to announce that the rise in business rates will be capped at a below-inflation 2% in England and Wales next year when he announces the Autumn Statement later this morning.
Business rates were set to rise by 3.2% next April, but the increase has been the subject of intense criticism by retail...
Wed, 04/12/2013 - 15:18
Amazon Publishing has launched a new digital short story imprint in the US called StoryFront.
The imprint will also be home to Amazon’s digital literary journal Day One, a weekly publication dedicated to short fiction and poetry from emerging writers.
Daphne Durham, publisher of adult trade and children’s...
Wed, 04/12/2013 - 12:42
Guinness World Records is partnering with Chinese publisher Foreign Languages Teaching and Research Publishing (FLTRP) on a series of education-based world record challenges.
The initiative has been revealed as part of Prime Minister David Cameron’s first business delegation to China this week.
The two publishers will...