Phaidon Press to treble children's titles, National Maritime Museum looks to move into publishing, Canadian e book retailer seeks UK retailer

The National Maritime Museum is looking to publish its "unrivalled" archive of images. The London-based museum has appointed the Creative Rights Agency to pursue publishing opportunities and also seek product licensees for the themes of astronomy, time and the sea for the museum and the Royal Observatory Greenwich.

Canadian e-book retailer Kobo has said that it would be keen to partner a UK retailer in an effort to establish a presence in the market.  Michael Tamblyn, vice-president of content, sales and merchandising at Kobo also called for the simplification of rights deals in order to ease global e-book sales.

Phaidon Press is aiming to triple its output of children's titles to 30 new children's books by 2012, up from eight in 2010. Phaidon's children's list covers children aged up to 12 years with a focus on pre-school and picture book titles and books for readers aged seven-plus. Authors on its list include René Goscinny (Asterix) and artists Hervé Tullet and Tomi Ungerer.