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David Frost biography to W H Allen

theBookseller.com - 2 hours 52 min ago

Ebury Publishing’s WH Allen imprint is to publish the official biography of broadcaster Sir David Frost, who died last year, titled Frost on Frost.

WH Allen acquired world English rights in the book from the Frost family and Simon Fuller at XIX Management.

Author Neil Hegarty has been commissioned to write Frost on Frost, with the full collaboration of Frost's widow and three sons. The book will also include unpublished writings from Frost and Hegarty will have access to the television presenter’s archive as well as to people who knew him.

Wiley offers free content from Nobel winning scientists

theBookseller.com - 2 hours 52 min ago

John Wiley is making a selection of content from the nine 2014 Nobel laureates they have published free to access until the end of the year.

Bookseller Digital Census: fears over future-proofing

theBookseller.com - 2 hours 52 min ago

Only one in seven people think the industry is ready for the next stage in the digital revolution, The Bookseller’s 2014 Digital Census has found.

The survey, from over 1,100 respondents and taken between September and October 2014, found that just 14.7% believed the sector is prepared for the next stage in digital, while nearly half (47%) think it is not. The rest (38.3%) didn't know.

Bertelsmann invests in India e-learning company

theBookseller.com - 2 hours 52 min ago

Bertelsmann has continued its rapid education expansion with a direct investment in iNurture Education Solutions, a provider of higher education services in India.

Shobhna Mohn, executive vice president of emerging markets at Bertelsmann, said the investment addressed two of the company's strategic objectives: expansion in India and also in education.

“Funny and moving” addiction memoir to Two Roads

theBookseller.com - 2 hours 52 min ago

Two Roads has acquired rights to memoir of addiction and recovery by Salon.com’s Sarah Hepola.

Publisher Lisa Highton bought UK rights to Blackout from Rachel Clements at Abner Stein.

The book is described as “funny and moving”, and tells the story of how Hepola, “a single woman with a rising career in the media, was also a serious blackout drinker”.

“As she stares down her past in sobriety, Hepola pieces together her story, along with the science and history of blackout itself,” Two Roads said.

S&S brings forward Malala picture book

theBookseller.com - 2 hours 52 min ago

Simon and Schuster Children’s Books is bringing forward the publication of Malala, a Brave Girl from Pakistan/Iqbal, a Brave Boy from Pakistan in light of Malala’s recent win of the Nobel Peace Prize, and will publish it next week.
 
The picture book tells the stories of Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban in 2012 for speaking out for girls’ right to education, and Iqbal Masih, another Pakistani child who fought for peace and justice but was shot and killed in 1995.
 

Gateshead return for Waterstones

theBookseller.com - 2 hours 52 min ago

Waterstones looks set to give its Christmas trade an added boost with the opening of two new branches between now and December 25th.

Book industry winners in Creative Scotland funding round

theBookseller.com - 2 hours 52 min ago

Glasgow Women’s Library and the Wigtown Book Festival are among the organisations receiving funding for the first time from Creative Scotland.

The two groups join a number of other literature and publishing organisations awarded regular funding for the period covering April 2015 to March 2018.

The total list of 119 groups includes a range of creative industries.

Political parties pledge to support literacy campaign

theBookseller.com - 2 hours 52 min ago

The three leading UK political parties have pledged to support the National Literacy Forum’s campaign to improve literacy in the UK.
 
The National Literacy Forum, led by the National Literacy Trust and supported by organisations such as Booktrust and The Reading Agency, yesterday (29th October), presented its “Vision for Literacy 2025”– for all children born this year to have the literacy skills they need to succeed by the time they finish secondary school – to parliament.
 

First News competition for Pushkin Children's

theBookseller.com - 2 hours 52 min ago

Pushkin Children’s Books is launching a competition with children’s newspaper First News to promote a new "winter" edition of The Letter of the King by Tonke Dragt.
 
Originally published in Dutch in 1962, The Letter for the King was published by Pushkin Children’s Books in an English translation by Laura Watkinson last year. The book is a quest story, featuring the adventures of a 16-year-old medieval squire.  
 

Wylie praises 'end to publishers cowering to Amazon'

theBookseller.com - 2 hours 52 min ago

Literary agent Andrew Wylie has said he believes the era of publishers cowering and giving in to Amazon is at an end, comparing the online retail giant to terror group ISIS.

Death of publisher and author Raleigh Trevelyan

theBookseller.com - 2 hours 52 min ago

Tributes have been paid to author and former publisher Raleigh Trevelyan, who has died aged 91.

Trevelyan, who passed away on October 23rd in Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, worked at Jonathan Cape and Michael Joseph, and also wrote a number of books for Faber, including a wartime memoir and a biography of his ancestor Sir Walter Raleigh.

Orbit, MCB, Tinder Press and HC receive BMS awards

theBookseller.com - 5 hours 52 min ago

Marketing campaigns from Orbit, Macmillan Children’s Books, Tinder Press and HarperCollins were judged the winners of the quarterly Book Marketing Society awards at a meeting held yesterday (29th October) in London.

The awards recognised the best marketing campaigns over the May to October period in three categories; adult, children, and shoestring campaigns.

Sigrid Rausing: 'Amazon is squandering goodwill'

theBookseller.com - 5 hours 52 min ago

Granta owner Sigrid Rausing has used the opportunity of a BBC Radio 4 interview conducted over a game of chess to criticise Amazon, calling the online retail giant "quite petty" and "exploitative".

Rausing was interviewed by Dominic Lawson for an edition of "Across the Board" broadcast earlier today (29th October).

Rausing, who plays chess every day with husband Eric Abraham, talked about her family, her book Everything is Wonderful (Grove Press) and her views on the "difficult" conditions for publishing.

H&S acquires debut from 15-year-old

theBookseller.com - 7 hours 52 min ago

Hodder & Stoughton has acquired The Catalyst, the first novel in a fantasy crossover series from 15-year-old debut author Helena Coggan.
 
The book, which Coggan started writing when she was just 13, is about teenager Rose Elmsworth, who lives in a world divided into the Gifted (who have magic powers) and the non-magical Ashkind. Elmsworth has a job at law-enforcement agency the Department when an old enemy threatens to start a catastrophic war.
 

Libraries planned in Hertfordshire fire stations

theBookseller.com - 7 hours 52 min ago

In a novel take on the dangers of book burning, up to four libraries in Hertfordshire could be relocated into the area’s part-time fire stations.

Hertfordshire County Council has received £700,000 of government funding for the scheme, which it called “pioneering”.

The funding will see up to four existing libraries relocate to “modern new facilities” on the same site as village fire stations.

Manning moves to Sphere for historical novels

theBookseller.com - 7 hours 52 min ago

Sarra Manning is to move from Transworld to Little, Brown’s Sphere for her next two adult novels.

Manning’s move brings her  adult publishing into the same house as her most recent YA publishing – her last two YA novels The Worst Girlfriend in the World and Adorkable were published by Atom, another imprint of Little, Brown.

Sphere commissioning editor Manpreet Grewal bought UK and Commonwealth rights to two books by Manning from Karolina Sutton at Curtis Brown.

Book People results reveal pre-buyout losses

theBookseller.com - 7 hours 52 min ago

The Book People will stay vigilant in “assessing the changing marketplace” going forward after the group reported a trading loss of £2.0m last year.

Annual financial results for the year to 31st December 2013 filed on Companies House have revealed the online and book delivery service’s trading losses increased from £1.7m in 2012 to £2.0m in 2013.

PRH's Black Crown project to go offline

theBookseller.com - 9 hours 52 min ago

Penguin Random House is to take its interactive narrative gaming experience Black Crown offline at the end of this week, with creator Rob Sherman conceding that "the economics do not stand up".

The online narrative gaming project, with Sherman's story set in the shady Widsith Institute, launched in May 2013. In its first three months 6,000 people signed up to play the game, with around 5% of those paying money for in-game currency.

Digital storytelling for HoZ Carnivia campaign

theBookseller.com - 9 hours 52 min ago

Head of Zeus has launched a “fully immersive, story driven” digital marketing campaign to mark the release of Jonathan Holt’s The Abduction in paperback.

The novel is the second in the Carnivia thriller trilogy, and the marketing campaign will be hosted on the Carnivia website, with Head of Zeus hoping it will drive sales of the novels and draw in new fans of Holt as well as existing ones.