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Scribe acquires German Book Prize winner - 41 min 41 sec ago

Scribe has acquired a novel by Lutz Seiler, titled Kruso, which was recently awarded the 2014 German Book Prize, dubbed Germany’s equivalent to the Man Booker Prize.
Scribe acquired World English rights from Nora Mercurio at Suhrkamp Verlag at auction.
Seiler is a poet and short-story writer. Kruso, his first novel, has sold over 120,000 copies in Germany since its publication in September.

Influential Krugman says Amazon 'hurts America' - 41 min 41 sec ago

Prominent New York Times columnist Paul Krugman has criticized Amazon for using its power in ways that “hurt America”.

The Nobel Prize-winning economist, who has been described as The Times’ “most heralded” columnist, used a piece in the newspaper yesterday (19th October) to argue that Amazon has too much power and is “abusing” that power by using it to push prices down.

CUP 'welcomes' latest Georgia State lawsuit ruling - 41 min 41 sec ago

Cambridge University Press has said it welcomes the latest ruling on fair use made in the long-running Georgia State University Lawsuit.

CUP, Oxford University Press and Sage are engaged in a copyright violation case brought against the university for alleged infringements in the unauthorised copying of copyright materials for course packs.

CILIP reveals Carnegie and Kate Greenaway nominations - 41 min 41 sec ago

CILIP, the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals, today (20th October) announced its nominations for the 2015 Carnegie and Kate Greenawaymedals.

Trade tributes to Lynda Bellingham - 41 min 41 sec ago

Lynda Bellingham’s fiction publisher Simon & Schuster has paid tribute to her as a “vibrant” woman who leaves “a truly wonderful literary legacy”.

The British actress died yesterday (19th October) aged 66, after a battle with colon cancer.

She wrote the novel Tell Me Tomorrow for Simon & Schuster which was published in February and had an upcoming novel The Boy I Love with the publisher, which is due out early next year.

Accessibility is still a 'challenge' for publishers - 41 min 41 sec ago

Publishers need to work more closely with charities to ensure a greater number of books are published in fully accessible formats, the Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB) has said.

The increase in audiobook platforms has led to a surge in the number of audiobooks produced, but currently only 7% of books published are fully accessible to people who are blind, partially sighted or reading impaired, according to the charity.

LIMA report reveals top children's brands - 41 min 41 sec ago

Harry Potter, The Gruffalo, and Horrid Henry are the top book brands for children, according to a report commissioned by the Licensing Industry Merchandisers’ Association (LIMA).

The report—released at the Brand Licensing Europe (BLE) exhibition, held in London last week—found that books were the fourth most talked-about type of brand among children, behind TV shows, films and cartoons, but ahead of video games, toys, music, celebrities and comics.

Speedy growth for Macmillan's Open Research - 41 min 41 sec ago

In the 10 months since its creation as an independent business unit, there has been “enormous” growth at the Open Research arm of Macmillan Science & Education’s Nature Publishing Group and Palgrave Macmillan, its m.d. Sam Burridge (pictured) has said.

Penguin Classics to offer non-fiction 'Pocketbook' series - 41 min 41 sec ago

Penguin is to release a new non-fiction series of classics for the “discerning reader”.

The first 10 books in the Penguin Classics’ Pocketbooks series will be released on 6th November, and include Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own, Friedrich Neitzche’s Beyond Good and Evil, and Sigmund Freud’s Civilization and Its Discontents.

Each book will cost £10, and have been designed by Penguin Press senior designer Coralie Bickford-Smith.

Orchard acquires new Charlie And Lola - 41 min 41 sec ago

Orchard Books has acquired One Thing, a new Charlie and Lola title from author and illustrator Lauren Child.

Kate Burns, picture, gift and novelty book publisher at Orchard, said: “Lauren Child fans will not be disappointed. One Thing is perfectly funny, perfectly formed and sees top-negotiator Lola take on numbers in everyday life and bend them to her endearing and unique will. It's also a brilliant book to introduce the non-scary nature of counting and sums to very young children.”

IPA: UK publishers 'published most in the world' in 2013 - 41 min 41 sec ago

The UK publishing market led the world in terms of the number of new titles published relative to population size in 2013, as well as in 2013 export revenue, according to new figures from the International Publishing Association (IPA).

Gibbons named as UK's first 'comics laureate' - 41 min 42 sec ago

Graphic novelist Dave Gibbons is to become the UK’s first comics laureate.

Gibbons was appointed at the launch of new charity Comics Literacy Awareness (CLAw) at the Lakes International Comic Art Festival on Friday 17th October, by graphic novelist Scott McCloud.

The title of comics laureate will be appointed biennially to a distinguished comics writer or artist in recognition of their outstanding achievement in the field. Their role is to champion children’s literacy through school visits, training events for school staff and education conferences.

Film and TV deal for Smith's Desert God - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:00

Anna Lena Films has acquired the film and TV rights for Wilbur Smith’s novel Desert God, published by HarperCollins.
The rights were bought from Kevin Conroy Scott at Tibor Jones Management. The deal also includes film and TV rights to River God and The Seventh Scroll, also from the Epic Ancient Egypt series, and a first look option on another book in the series, titled Warlock.

Tamblyn takes to Twitter to give his views on Amazon - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:00

Kobo’s president has launched a Twitter tirade about why indie authors should beware of Amazon’s supplier negotiation tactics.

Michael Tamblyn, president and chief content officer of the Canada-based e-book company, took to social media today (17th October) to warn self-published authors in 32 tweets about trusting and defending the company’s largest competitor – Amazon – in its fall-out over terms with Hachette.

Hay-on-Wye's library to see cutbacks - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:00

Hay-on-Wye's library will see its hours slashed by 20% if plans are approved by the Powys County Council.

The book-loving town, which features more than a dozen bookshops and hosts the famous literary festival directed by Peter Florence each summer, will see its library hours cut alongside 17 other libraries in the region if plans are given the go-ahead next week.

Gorman claims Westwood biography plagiarism - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:00

Author and journalist Paul Gorman has said he is pursuing a legal claim against Picador, Vivienne Westwood and Ian Kelly, following what he claims is "substantial" inadequately attributed usage of material from his book The Look: Adventures in Pop and Rock Fashion (Sanctuary).

Vivienne Westwood by Vivienne Westwood and Ian Kelly was released by Picador in September, and is described as a “unique personal memoir and authorised biography”. Co-author Kelly has previously written biographies of figures including Casanova.

Pan Mac signs Twin Peaks novel from co-creator Frost - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:00

Pan Macmillan is to publish The Secret Lives of Twin Peaks, a novel by Mark Frost, the co-creator of television show “Twin Peaks”.

Adult publisher Jeremy Trevathan and editorial director Julie Crisp bought the novel as a pre-empt from agent Ed Victor during this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair.

Flatiron Books, a division of Macmillan, will be the US publisher.

HC signs celebrity biographies from Smith - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:00

HarperCollins has acquired two celebrity biographies by Sean Smith, in a deal with Gordon Wise of Curtis Brown.

Smith has previously written unauthorised biographies of celebrities such as Cheryl Fernandez-Versini and Robbie Williams, both published by Simon & Schuster.

HarperCollins has not said who the subject of the first biography would be, but said that it will: "hit shelves in time for Mother's Day 2015 and promises to be an in-depth account of one of the UK's most notable celebrities."

Rembrandt novel for Atlantic - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:00

Atlantic publishing director Margaret Stead has signed a debut novel chronicling the life of the painter Rembrandt.

Rembrandt's Mirror, by Kim Devereux, charts the later years of the artist, who suffered the deaths of his wife and three children, while producing some of his most famous works.

Blackman to curate YA love story anthology - Mon, 10/20/2014 - 09:00

Random House Children’s Publishers (RHCP) will next year publish a collection of YA love stories edited by children’s laureate Malorie Blackman.
Love Hurts is a mixture of new stories and extracts from published books. Contributing authors include Melvin Burgess, James Dawson, Laura Dockrill, Patrick Ness,Phil Earle, Matt Haig, Non Pratt, David Levithan, Bali Rai and Maureen Johnson.