Product Launches

Rodale Books Launches Week-Long Online 'Greatness Summit'
November 17, 2015 at 2:47 pm

Bestselling author Lewis Howes was once a professional football player, until a broken wrist ended his career early. But since then, Howes has launched a multi-million-dollar business and hosts a leadership and personal development podcast called The School of Greatness. Last month, Rodale Books published his book by the same name, and this week the…

B&N Launches Nook Audiobook Apps for iPhone, iPad
November 11, 2015 at 2:14 pm

Remember the audiobook service Barnes & Noble launched last year? Me neither, but it's back in the news again today. After a year of waiting, B&N has released Nook Audiobooks apps for the iPhone and iPad. They're also finally launching a website where you can buy the audiobooks:

Press Release: Global Publisher Macmillan Education Partners with Blinklearning to Build Next Generation Digital Products
November 10, 2015 at 2:24 pm

MADRID—November 10, 2015—Macmillan Education, a leading global publisher of English Language Teaching (ELT) and school curriculum materials, and Blinklearning, a company at the forefront of educational technologies, today announced a global partnership. Macmillan Education, widely recognized for its innovative publishing and award-winning materials over the last 170 years, will enhance its next-generation digital services by…

Press Release: Harlequin Launches New Wine Brand
September 24, 2015 at 2:20 pm

NEW YORK—September 24, 2015—Harlequin, one of the world's leading publishers of books for women, today announced the launch of Vintages by Harlequin™,  a new line of three wine varietals, with vintage Harlequin branding. Vintages by Harlequin wines were developed in close collaboration with Vintage Wine Estates, a small group of vintner families who share a…

Pope Francis’s Effect on Publishing at Loyola Press
July 15, 2015

In book-publishing you can run all the P&Ls, focus-groups, forced-publicity, social-media-presence you want and still only HOPE for a hit. And sometimes you just get lucky.

If you are a Jesuit publishing house right now, you are in luck: the first (and only) Jesuit pope (you can bet it won't happen again in our lifetime) who is media-savvy, down-to-earth, and, most importantly, a writer, is also a media sensation. Rare is the week that Papa Francesco isn't in the news. Right now his highly-anticipated Encyclical Letter on the environment, On Care For Our Common Home

Slumping E-books Lead to Sales Decline at HBG
May 12, 2015

While sale for the entire Lagardere Publishing Group rose in the first quarter of 2015, compared to last year's first period, revenue at Hachette Book Group USA declined 12.3%, the company reported Tuesday morning.

The revenue decline in the U.S. was due to lower e-book sales plus difficult comparisons to the first quarter of 2014, when HBG had a number of big bestsellers including The Goldfinch, I Am Malala and Grain Brain. Lagardere attributed this quarter's drop in e-book sales, in part, to the fact that the company's results do not yet reflect a return to normal business with Amazon.

UK Publishers Association Figures Show Digital Innovation Driving Publisher Revenues
May 11, 2015

Figures released today by The Publishers Association reveal the UK publishing industry to be maintaining its strength, diversity and innovation.  Overall book and academic journal sales remain steady at £4.3billion with digital revenues growing to 35% of the overall total.  Export sales now account for 44% of revenue.

Academic journals lead the way in digital publishing with electronic journals now accounting for 79% of all subscription income.  Consumer fiction remains hot on its heels with ebook sales increasing to 37% of total value and trebling in absolute terms in three years.

Colouring Books for Adults Top Amazon Bestseller List
April 8, 2015

The bestselling title on Amazon in the US right now is not Harper Lee's hugely anticipated second novel, Go Set a Watchman, or George RR Martin's Song of Ice and Fire fantasy series, or even Zoella's much-mocked but much-bought young adult hit, Girl Online. Instead, Scottish illustrator Johanna Basford is topping the charts, with her colouring books for adults taking top spots on's bestseller lists.

Basford's intricately drawn pictures of flora and fauna in Secret Garden have sold 1.4m copies worldwide to date

Turkey Ranked 12th Biggest Book Publisher
March 12, 2015

Turkey claims the 12th place in 2014 in the world regarding the number of published books and the capacity of its publishing industry. The director of the General Directorate of Libraries and Publications, Hamdi Turşucu, said that the number of book fairs in Turkey has increased and their quality has improved, which pleases him and the directorate. He underscored the equality of the investments made to manpower and books for future generations, and said that the proof of it can be seen at book fairs.