Thursday, 30 August 2012

Start-up packages e-books for the bookshelf


UK start-up This Written World is offering e-book collections packaged in a way similar to the traditional printed book, which can sit on bookshop shelves.

The Boxette Collection includes a book-sized gift box, a custom USB card containing e-book collections in both ePub and Kindle formats, an interactive menu for easy copying and loading and an illustrated booklet. The first release in this series is the Charles Dickens 200th Anniversary Collection (£19.99), available now.

The publisher said the package was intended primarily as a gift product and allows bookshops to display and promote e-books directly, as well as enabling publishers to repackage backlists in a similar way to DVD box sets.


Tuesday, 28 August 2012

New Literary Agency seeks submissions from authors in crime and thriller genre


Phoenix Literary UK (Phoenix Lit) set up by Rhian Davies is a new agency specialising in crime and thriller fiction for the international market.  With an international business background and following three years as a judge for the CWA’s John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger, owner, Rhian Davies has decided to make her passion her business.

She says, 'Phoenix Lit does not subscribe to the theory that the traditional publishing industry is taking its last breaths following the creation of the ereader and the ebook.  Being new, Phoenix Lit aims to be flexible in the changing market in order to take full advantage of opportunities.'

The agency is looking for high-end quality commercial fiction within the crime and thriller genre.  Historical novels within the genre will only be considered if they cover the period 1910 to 1980.

They are particularly interested in finding:
  • excellent new female authors
  • psychological thrillers and suspense novels.
Please see  guidance on submissions and what we are looking for.


Friday, 24 August 2012

Wiley's travel brand Frommer's sold to Google

 Google has bought the travel brand Frommer's from John Wiley & Son, in a move that sees the internet company bolster its content businesses. Google already owns the restaurant guide Zagat, and recently integrated its reviews into its Google + Local service.

Neither John Wiley nor Google has indicated what the latter paid for the travel assets. Wiley said in March that it planned to explore opportunities to sell the print and digital publishing assets that no longer fitted into its longer-term business strategy, including its travel, culinary, general interest, nautical, pets, crafts, Webster’s New World, and CliffsNotes divisions.

Wiley said: “Proceeds from this sale, and others that may arise from the sale of other consumer assets, will be redeployed to support growth opportunities in Professional/Trade, Scientific, Technical, Medical, and Scholarly; and Global Education businesses.”

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Wednesday, 22 August 2012

Barnes & Noble to launch Nook e-reader in UK in the autumn

Barnes & Noble is to take on Amazon in the European digital book market by launching its Nook e-reader in the UK this autumn. The move marks Barnes & Noble's first expansion outside the United States, and follows a $605m (£385m) cash injection by Microsoft in April as the software company acted to capitalise on the digital publishing boom.

A nook.co.uk shop front will open in mid-October, selling e-readers and a catalogue of digital books, magazines, newspapers, films and computer games. The company says it will soon announce partnerships with "leading UK retailers" to sell both devices and content from its range of 2.5m digital titles.

The Nook, launched in October 2009, has been popular in the US and helped Barnes & Noble eat into Amazon's ebook market share. Thanks to the popularity of its Kindle reader, Amazon at one point claimed to generate 90% of sales in the US, but that has fallen to 60% as Apple's iTunes store and the Nook make inroads.

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Thursday, 16 August 2012

Moves afoot at UK Book Chain Waterstones

Waterstones has made further changes to its head office personnel, with Neil Best taking up the newly-created role of head of business development in order to “identify and research new business propositions.”

Waterstones managing director James Daunt announced last week that Best would take up the new post with immediate effect, with his former job - head of retail operations  - being dissolved.

Daunt also announced that Erwyn Rentzenbrink would take on extra responsibilities as head of shop operations.  “This role will ensure that the business creates clear and consistent standards across all shops and supports the field teams in prioritising, directing and delivering appropriate, individually tailored solutions,” Daunt said.


Earlier this month it was announced that operations director Steve Clark had left with immediate effect, with Daunt taking over his role.

 Head office reshuffle at Waterstones:

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Crime Fiction Academy - part of the Center for Fiction in the city – is enrolling students for its Fall 2012


New York’s Crime Fiction Academy - part of the Center for Fiction in the city – is enrolling students for its Fall 2012 semester and there are still some places left on the course. Over 14 weeks, would-be crime authors will attend writing workshops, monthly masterclasses with top authors, reading seminars and special lectures and discussions.

An impressive roster of authors has been rounded up for this Autumn’s proceedings. Topics include the perfect kill, writing about trails of evidence, and creating heinous villains and believable heroes.

Classes begin 18 September and the fee for the course is $2800. For more details visit the website.

Friday, 10 August 2012

The threat to authors

The threat to authors:

Nicola Solomon speaks out on libraries and PLR (The Spectator, 24 July):

Authors are getting cross. Generally a polite bunch, authors are alarmed at the ongoing, serious threats to libraries (which they continue to campaign against) and also the knock-on effect for the lowest-earning authors.

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Waterstones changes store guidance on events

Waterstones changes store guidance on events: Waterstones has issued new advice to its bookstores on running author events, after concern that...

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

What is the scariest moment in writing a novel?

 There are many stages in writing a novel and I’m not talking about its construction but the moods associated with it. These range from optimism and excitement to tension and frustration. Then there is relief and pleasure and finally the scariest moment of all.

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Monday, 6 August 2012

Social media isn't the magic bullet for self-epublished authors

Social media isn't the magic bullet for self-epublished authors:

In the third in a series of essays on digital media and publishing, Ewan Morrison, who will appear at the Edinburgh World Writers' Conference, claims that as the project to monetise social media falters the self-epublishing industry's defects will be laid bare.