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Bloomsbury to launch Wisden India

Bloomsbury to launch Wisden India | Transnational Publishing | Scoop.it

Bloomsbury is to launch cricketing imprint Wisden in India, signing a long-term licensing deal with sports and entertainment management firm FidelisWorld.
Rights will also be extended to Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, the Middle East and North America, with Wisden India to launch in early 2012.

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iFactory Announces the Launch of the University Press Scholarship Online

iFactory Announces the Launch of the University Press Scholarship Online | Transnational Publishing | Scoop.it

7,000 titles in 21 subject areas from 6 leading university presses... the new University Press Scholarship Online (www.universitypressscholarship.com) has launched!

A collaboration between Oxford University Press and iFactory, the new University Press Scholarship Online (UPSO) delivers the best scholarly publishing from leading university presses around the world, making disparately-published works easily accessible, highly-discoverable, and fully cross-searchable via a single, state-of-the-art online platform.

 

The creation of UPSO is pivotal for iFactory, as it was developed using the new PubFactory module, SiteGen. SiteGen is a tool that puts power in the publisher's hands by enabling them to create numerous microsites built off of their base site, in this case, OSO and the other university press sites that are delivered on the UPSO platform.

"We knew that re-launching our flagship Oxford Scholarship Online product while simultaneously expanding it to allow us to deliver content through our University Press Scholarship Online offering would be a tall order for any developer. iFactory delivered these mission-critical products on time and on budget," said Scott Beebe, Online Publishing Manager for Oxford University Press.

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OUP creates group strategy post

OUP creates group strategy post | Transnational Publishing | Scoop.it

Oxford University Press has appointed Casper Grathwohl to the newly created role of senior vice-president, group strategy.


Grathwohl, who is currently vice-president of reference and digital publishing within OUP's global academic division, will move into the new position on 5th October, reporting to c.e.o. Nigel Portwood. He will work at group level and alongside OUP's business units on a range of activities designed to address OUP's strategic agenda.

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More on Waterstone's ending its 3-for-2 promotions

More on Waterstone's ending its 3-for-2 promotions | Transnational Publishing | Scoop.it

Scrapping Waterstone’s 3-for-2 offer will make customers focus more on books rather than price, the retailer’s MD James Daunt has said.

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Penguin targets growth in children's

Penguin targets growth in children's | Transnational Publishing | Scoop.it

Penguin is "significantly" increasing its investment in its children's division, with a focus on pre-school, big brands and the global market, as well as on digital innovation, according to UK c.e.o. Tom Weldon.

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‘Business as usual’ for Frankfurt Book Fair

Publishers are predicting a busy Frankfurt, reporting full meeting schedules. However, given the tough economic climate, there was a prevailing mood of caution.

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Hachette Taking a Close Look at Risks and Benefits of Library Ebook Lending - Library Journal

Hachette Taking a Close Look at Risks and Benefits of Library Ebook Lending - Library Journal | Transnational Publishing | Scoop.it

Hachette Book Group has been doing a lot of legwork in recent months as part of an effort to decide whether it should increase its exposure to the library ebook market, reversing a previous decision that has kept Hachette's frontlist ebook titles out of library hands since July 2010.  Hachette activity has caused a premature stir in some library circles, and it comes as HarperCollins continues to evaluate the impact of the controversial business model it introduced in February to govern ebook circulation. At the same time, the American Library Association has hired a prominent expert in the economics of intellectual property rights to prepare a report that might help better inform the debate.

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Publishers react to the end of Waterstone's 3 for 2 promotions

Publishers react to the end of Waterstone's 3 for 2 promotions | Transnational Publishing | Scoop.it

Publishers and trade figures have broadly reacted positively towards the scrapping of Waterstone’s 3-for-2 promotion.

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Office of Fair Trading delays Amazon/Book Depository decision

Office of Fair Trading delays Amazon/Book Depository decision | Transnational Publishing | Scoop.it

The Office of Fair Trading (OFT) has pushed back its decision on whether to refer the Amazon takeover of The Book Depository to the Competition Commission.

The decision was expected to be tomorrow (2nd September) after being delayed from earlier this week. However, an OFT spokesman said a date for the decision was now "to be confirmed". He said the timetable for an announcement could change for "any number of reasons", but declined to go into specifics.  Amazon announced in July it had agreed a deal to take over The Book Depository, which led to the Booksellers and Publishers Associations, the Independent Publishers Guild and the Bookseller Group voicing opposition to the merger. The Irish Competition Authority cleared the deal in late July

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Shock as HarperCollins CEO, Jane Friedman, Steps Down

Shock as HarperCollins CEO, Jane Friedman, Steps Down | Transnational Publishing | Scoop.it
Jane Friedman has become the second US publishing CEO to step down in recent weeks amid increasing pressure on the industry. In a shock announcment that caught many observers by surprise, Friedman said "it was not easy to make the decision to step down", but did not give a reason. HarperCollins president Brian Murray is taking over the duties of chief executive.
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Publishers Association rebuts Waterstone's MD's Distribution Costs Claim

Publishers Association rebuts Waterstone's MD's Distribution Costs Claim | Transnational Publishing | Scoop.it
The Publishers Association has dismissed Waterstone's m.d. Dominic Myers' view that £150m of costs could be cut from the supply chain as being "vastly wide of the mark".

At the recent Independent Publishers Guild conference, Myers calculated that if a square foot of storage space costs £50, then there is £150m-worth of excess space in the supply chain as it stands, considering Waterstone's services a quarter of the market with 150,000 sq ft and given a total of 3.5 million sq ft of book distribution space in the UK.

In a piece for this week's Bookseller, PA chief executive Richard Mollet called comparing a retailer's "cross-docking operation" and "the complex distribution systems operated by publishers" the argument's fundamental flaw.
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Can E-mails Be Binding in Publishing Deals?

Can E-mails Be Binding in Publishing Deals? | Transnational Publishing | Scoop.it
In February the New York Times ran a story warning real estate brokers and property owners to pay close attention to the e-mails they send, after a ruling in Manhattan Supreme Court stipulated that e-mail messages carry just as much sway as written documents in negotiations. The ruling is one those who work in publishing should take heed of, as so many deals are struck, and sometimes cemented, over e-mail.
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UK: Supermarket Sainsbury's launches own-brand kids' books

UK: Supermarket Sainsbury's launches own-brand kids' books | Transnational Publishing | Scoop.it
Sainsbury's has launched a range of own brand pre-school children's books, publishing eight titles in collaboration with Dorling Kindersley. The titles went on sale on Saturday [5th March] in more than 200 of the supermarket chain's stores.

The range is priced between £3 and £9.99 and aimed at children aged up to five years old, with titles including My Terrific Tractor Book, My First Box of Books, and lift-the-flap books Numbers and Shapes.
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Charlie Redmayne Leaving HarperCollins to Head Pottermore

Charlie Redmayne Leaving HarperCollins to Head Pottermore | Transnational Publishing | Scoop.it

Today the news broke that Mr. Redmayne, who was named chief digital officer of HarperCollins in 2009, has left the company for Pottermore, J.K. Rowling’s interactive web site. Pottermore will also be the exclusive retailer for the digital editions of the Harry Potter series, which are not yet available in e-book format.

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50% Royalty Rate ‘To be the Norm'

50% Royalty Rate ‘To be the Norm' | Transnational Publishing | Scoop.it

Literary agent Andrew Wylie believes a 50% digital royalty rate will become widely accepted by publishers once the digital "shake-out" settles down.
Speaking to The Bookseller from the Frankfurter Hof, Wylie said digital publishing should be a more profitable means of publishing and some of that profitability needs to reach the author. "Publishers should pay a 50% digital royalty and digital distributors should not be charging 30%—zero would be attractive," he said.

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Pokemon books on the horizon! Simon & Schuster agree distribution deal with Pokemon

Pokemon books on the horizon! Simon & Schuster agree distribution deal with Pokemon | Transnational Publishing | Scoop.it

Simon & Schuster, Inc. announced it has entered into an agreement with The Pokémon Company International to handle all sales, distribution and fulfillment of Pokémon titles from the company’s newly established publishing arm, Pikachu Press. The agreement covers distribution in the United States, Canada and export markets. The first Pokémon titles from Pikachu Press will be published in Spring 2012.

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French publishers drop charges against Google

French publishers drop charges against Google | Transnational Publishing | Scoop.it

French publishers Albin Michel, Flammarion and Gallimard have confirmed they have dropped charges against Google for digitising copyrighted books from their catalogues without prior permission.
The three said they had decided to abandon the summons against Google France and Google Inc that they had filed on 6th May and 3rd June in order to "facilitate the resumption of talks between the French publishers association (Syndicat National de l'Edition, SNE) and Google over the digitation of copyrighted books and the search for an amicable solution to the litigation". However, they added they reserved the right to revive the case if the talks fell through.
Google halted discussions with the SNE in May after the three said they would take it to court, a situation complicated by the fact that Gallimard chief Antoine Gallimard is also SNE president.
Publisher La Martinère dropped its case against Google in August when it signed an agreement for the digital company to scan the copyrighted books of its choice. The SNE and the French authors society (Société des Gensde Lettres, SDGL) had joined La Martinière in the case, which is now in appeal.

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Canadian Publishing 2011: Distribution After the Fall of Fenn

February’s news that the distributor H.B. Fenn and Company had filed for bankruptcy sent shock waves throughout the industry, and while the fallout has dissipated some, the industry is still examining what lessons can be drawn from Fenn’s demise. Although Fenn had few Canadian clients, its problems called into question the viability of independent distributors and further deepened concerns about how publishers might get their books to market.

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Chic lit hard hit by downturn

Chic lit hard hit by downturn | Transnational Publishing | Scoop.it

A squeeze on consumer spending in supermarkets and the migration to digital are being blamed for the spectacular falls in sales suffered by many of the UK’s biggest commercial women’s novelists in 2011.

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Profit and sales up at Haynes

Profit and sales up at Haynes | Transnational Publishing | Scoop.it

Manuals and DIY publisher Haynes Publishing has reported pre-tax profits of £7.18m, up from £7.17m in 2010, for the year ended 31st May 2011.

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Beijing 2011: The Potential of China's Book Market

Beijing 2011: The Potential of China's Book Market | Transnational Publishing | Scoop.it

“Children’s books are very strong, especially picture books and literary titles. This is largely due to the government’s push to get kids to read for leisure and general knowledge,”

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OUP Named Publisher And Distributor Of The Year At Booksellers' Awards

OUP Named Publisher And Distributor Of The Year At Booksellers' Awards | Transnational Publishing | Scoop.it
Oxford University Press (OUP) was again named Publisher and Distributor of the Year at a Booksellers Association award ceremony on Wednesday 16 March.

It was the sixth time in seven years that OUP collected the Publisher of the Year award, and the seventh year in a row that it won the Distributor of the Year prize at the Conference for Academic, Professional & Specialist Booksellers Awards Ceremony.
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Japanese Publishers, Booksellers, Move Forward After Quake

Japanese Publishers, Booksellers, Move Forward After Quake | Transnational Publishing | Scoop.it
Despite the grim news reports coming out of Japan, the country's publishing industry seems to have weathered the earthquake and tsunami with a relatively moderate amount of damage. However, some printers located in the affected areas are still recovering and have not resumed production, and at least three independent bookstores were destroyed.

Major publishers, which are mostly concentrated in Tokyo with some in the western cities of Kyoto and Osaka, reported no casualties. Despite the sporadic brownouts in the Tokyo area, all publishers remain in business.
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Waterstone's future "to be resolved in weeks"

Waterstone's future "to be resolved in weeks" | Transnational Publishing | Scoop.it
The future of Waterstone's is expected to be resolved in the next four weeks, with speculation mounting that managing director Dominic Myers could lead a management buyout.

Parent HMV Group effectively put the business up for sale this morning after announcing it was seeking "strategic options" for both Waterstone's and HMV Canada.

City analysts said HMV Group's hand has been forced by the need to satisfy a bank covenant test by its year-end by the end of next month. HMV Group announced earlier this month it was likely to break its covenant tests. Nick Bubb, analyst at Arden Partners, said: "In terms of dealing with the debt, the HMV Group needs to either sell Waterstone's or 7 Digital as well, which is probably worth £10-20million, or raise a very big rights issue."

He added: "The year end is a month away which is why there has been speculation about a bank covenant test. In the next few weeks something has to happen—they will have to raise the money somehow."
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Penguin to treble investment in digital content

Penguin to treble investment in digital content | Transnational Publishing | Scoop.it
Penguin is to treble its investment in digital content in 2011 compared to 2010, as both Pearson and Bloomsbury cited a leap in digital sales as a key reason for growth in their interim full-year results, released last week.

Penguin Group c.e.o. John Makinson said increased digital investment would be channelled into the creation of e-books, enhanced e-books and apps as well as staff training, with the company creating media suites in London and New York to record audiobooks and marketing materia
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