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Pearson sells slice of Penguin for $1bn
July 11, 2017 at 4:07 am

The beleaguered FTSE 100 firm strengthens balance sheet by selling a 22% stake to Bertelsmann in deal valuing the publishing giant at $3.55bn Pearson has sold a 22% stake in Penguin Random House, the world’s biggest publisher, with titles ranging from Fifty Shades of Grey, Jamie Oliver and The Girl on the Train. The deal…

Canada’s Qurtuba Publishing House: ‘Reclaiming the Muslim Narrative’
July 11, 2017 at 2:30 am

Producing practical books for Muslims in contemporary culture, Ottawa's Qurtuba Publishing House considers readers' responsibility as well as society's.  The post Canada’s Qurtuba Publishing House: ‘Reclaiming the Muslim Narrative’ appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Bertelsmann Ups PRH Stake to 75%
July 11, 2017

Bertelsmann has agreed to buy a 22% stake in Penguin Random House that will generate about $1 billion for Pearson, which will still have a 25% stake in the trade publishing giant.

Why is accessibility important for publishers?
July 10, 2017 at 4:20 pm

When it comes to content delivery, accessibility has become an important and desirable goal. The same technologies and guidelines that improve access to materials for people with visual or hearing impairments can also be tremendously useful to the rest of your customers and your business.

The lucrative business of science publishing | Letters
July 10, 2017 at 1:41 pm

Readers discuss the pros and cons of open access to scientific journalsStephen Buranyi’s article on the lucrative business of academic publishing does not go far enough (How Robert Maxwell turned science publishing into a money machine, 27 June). At least academic researchers have access to published work through university subscriptions. However, an ordinary citizen must…

Milo Yiannopoulos sues former publisher for $10m
July 10, 2017 at 9:19 am

Rightwing provocateur seeks damages from Simon & Schuster after it dropped memoir Dangerous over contentious remarks – but imprint says suit is ‘without merit’A $10m (£7.7m) lawsuit announced by far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos has been dismissed by his former publisher as “publicity-driven and entirely without merit”. The rightwinger chose to self-publish his memoir Dangerous after…

It’s the Law: Accessibility Mandated For Digital Books
July 10, 2017 at 7:27 am

New legal mandates require most published material to be accessible for those with disabilities. Books without accessibility features will be at a competitive and legal disadvantage. Retrofitting content is tough—so start now. Here's what you need to know. The post It’s the Law: Accessibility Mandated For Digital Books appeared first on Digital Book World.

The Trance of Dysfunction — Why Trolls Have Come to Dominate Discourse
July 10, 2017 at 5:30 am

Trolls dominate for many reasons -- economics, technology, our predilection for sordid entertainment. But they've chilled online discourse and damaged civil exchanges, even making some publishers reluctant to take full advantage of the potential of the Internet. Are we ready for v2.0 of commenting? The post The Trance of Dysfunction — Why Trolls Have Come…

Startups: The Spanish Bookstage Rights Platform Closes This Month
July 10, 2017 at 2:30 am

Less than two years after launch, an online rights-trading platform for the Spanish-language markets is shuttering. And a veteran observer has questions. The post Startups: The Spanish Bookstage Rights Platform Closes This Month appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Canada’s $75,000 Cundill Prize Names Jurors: Record Submissions
July 9, 2017 at 7:01 pm

'We need the perspective of fine historical writing more than ever,' says Rana Mitter, a juror for the 10th-anniversary Cundill History Prize. The post Canada’s $75,000 Cundill Prize Names Jurors: Record Submissions appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Nipples on My Knee leads shortlist for 2017's oddest book title award
July 7, 2017 at 8:29 am

Contenders for this year’s Diagram prize also include An Ape’s View of Evolution and a must-have volume for ‘Australian coin error collectors’Nipples on My Knee by Graham and Debra Robertson, a memoir of “25 years in the sheep business”, is the fleecy frontrunner for the the 2017 Diagram prize for oddest book title of the…

Is the big business of scientific publishing bad for science? – podcast
July 7, 2017 at 7:00 am

It is an industry like no other, with profit margins to rival Google – and it was created by one of Britain’s most notorious tycoons: Robert Maxwell• Read the text version hereSubscribe via Audioboom, iTunes, Soundcloud, Mixcloud, Acast & Sticher and join the discussion on Facebook and Twitter Continue reading...

Rejected By BookBub? Look In The Mirror And Change Your Marketing Ways
July 7, 2017 at 7:00 am

BookBub's editorial team turns down 85 to 90% of authors who apply for their marketing programs. If you're one of the rejects, don't fret. Instead, look in the mirror and ask yourself why. Here are two powerful turn-it-around tactics to change a BookBub pass into a chance to grow your sales. Part 2 in a…

Gojimo’s George Burgess: On Startups, Sales, and Scale
July 7, 2017 at 2:30 am

'We always thought we'd sell to an educational publisher,' says the founder of Gojimo. And that wasn't the only thing that surprised George Burgess. The post Gojimo’s George Burgess: On Startups, Sales, and Scale appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

From India: A Call for Short Fiction Entries on Delhi
July 7, 2017 at 2:30 am

Now open for submissions, a short-story competition themed on Delhi is accepting English and Hindi works, in part to boost short-form work in India. The post From India: A Call for Short Fiction Entries on Delhi appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Sudanese Author Wins 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing
July 7, 2017 at 2:25 am

From Wasafiri and the Caine Prize: Bushra al-Fadil, whose inspirations include Hawking's 'A Brief History of Time,' is cited for his 'mode of perception.' The post Sudanese Author Wins 2017 Caine Prize for African Writing appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.