Deal Reports Just e-mail to deals@PublishersMarketplace if you aren’t using the online form linked below. Report a deal using the online form The Key As usual, the handy key to our Lunch deal categories. While all reports are always welcome, those that include a category will generally receive a higher listing when it comes time to put them all together. “nice deal” $1 – $49,000 “very nice deal” $50,000 – $99,000 “good deal” $100,000 – $250,000 “significant deal” $251,000 – $499,000 “major deal” $500,000 and up FICTION Debut Daniel Polansky’s THE STRAIGHT RAZOR CURE, an edgy noir/fantasy crossover pitched […]
Archives for May 2010
Aletheia Research & Management told the SEC that over the past two months they have slightly reduced their overall Barnes & Noble holdings, to 9,373,192 shares, comprising 16.28 percent of all shares. Previously their stake stood at 17.44 percent. The filing reveals a series of both sales and purchases–sometimes both on the same trading day.
BEA’s hasty announcement yesterday morning that next year’s show will restore a third day of floor exhibits caught most people by surprise so it took us a little while to do more than pass along the basic news. When show director Steve Rosato wrote “while many people liked BEA as a two-day show, more people need BEA to be a three-day show,” here’s what he apparently meant. While anecdotally most US publishers were happy with a jam-packed two days of exhibits without the “tumbleweeds” as one executive put it of the third day, it’s the international exhibitors who were close […]
Apple’s iPad released today in major book markets included UK, Canada, Australia, Japan, and Germany–plus France, Italy, Spain and Switzerland. Though the UK iBookstore launch was preceded by worried speculation that UK publishers were concerned aspects of Apple’s contract might run afoul of local pricing laws, lo and behold, Ye Agency Foure (Hachette UK, Penguin, Pan Macmillan and Harper UK) are all participating. (The smallest of the group, Simon & Schuster UK, is not currently participating and has yet to comment.) But no other UK publishers are known to have a direct relationship with Apple yet, and again Random UK […]
In concert with iPad launch, Faber and Faber ceo Stephen Page has an essay in the Guardian on what it means for publishers: “It’s clear that publishers must move faster to establish our compelling and useful role in the modern life of reading. While acquiring new expertise, we must assert the best of our traditional strengths; providing capital (in the form of advance payments), offering editorial expertise, and creating a readership by designing, creating, storing, promoting and selling the works of writers. But that’s not enough. Publishers also have to explain what value they are bringing to the relationship between […]
We always enjoy the Wall Street Journal’s detailed preview of summer books which runs today. Along the same vein, USA Today ran their summer preview package earlier in the week, and the NYT’s Janet Maslin stuffs her beach bag with “fangs and other fluff, completely guilt free,” calling summer “the time to stop lying about what you read for fun.” In a short ebook preview, the Journal notes that the designers of the iPad version of Alice of Wonderland will sell a version of The Wizard of Oz next, while Vook has a two-part thriller series that features 36 chapters […]