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Quarto Receives Unsolicited Buy-out Offer
August 8, 2017

The Quarto Group announced this morning that it has received a takeover offer from an unidentified party that the company’s board believes to be “attractive and reflective of the inherent value of the business.”

4 Reasons Why a Great Book Cover is Essential for Sales
August 7, 2017 at 8:28 am

When customers are fascinated by a book cover, they click to buy. A cover must be appealing both physically and digitally. Perry Moore defines the reasons a book cover sells—does your cover fit the bill? The post 4 Reasons Why a Great Book Cover is Essential for Sales appeared first on Digital Book World.

Changing the Culture in Scholarly Communications
August 7, 2017 at 5:30 am

Changing the culture is the topic of this year's FORCE2017 conference in October. It's typically not a priority, in scholarly communications or in business - but it should be... The post Changing the Culture in Scholarly Communications appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

In an Economic Crunch, South African Readers Turn to Used Book Stores
August 7, 2017 at 2:30 am

From the VOA: Amid tough economic times in South Africa, consumers are supporting a growing number of used book stores, avoiding new-book prices. The post In an Economic Crunch, South African Readers Turn to Used Book Stores appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

A Handmade Tale: Mexican Publisher La Cartonera’s Collectible Books
August 7, 2017 at 2:30 am

Focused on Mexican and Latin American authors, La Cartonera publishes hand-made books with hand-painted covers. These literary creations are selling at home and abroad. The post A Handmade Tale: Mexican Publisher La Cartonera’s Collectible Books appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

US Copyright Ruling: The Moppet Books’ KinderGuides Case
August 4, 2017 at 6:46 pm

A US judge ruled that publisher Moppet Books violated copyright by publishing children's books based on modern literary works like Breakfast at Tiffany's. The post US Copyright Ruling: The Moppet Books’ KinderGuides Case appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

The Indie Author’s Zen Guide To Tracking Book Sales
August 4, 2017 at 7:00 am

What happens in an indie author's mind when book sales suddenly, inexplicably evaporate? Here's how one writer copes with the crazy fluctuations of online sales. The post The Indie Author’s Zen Guide To Tracking Book Sales appeared first on Digital Book World.

Design Matters: How an Audio Illusion Adds Tension
August 4, 2017 at 5:30 am

The Shepard Tone is an audio illusion that hightens tension in the listener. The post Design Matters: How an Audio Illusion Adds Tension appeared first on The Scholarly Kitchen.

Philip Pullman leads writers condemning 'pernicious' book discounts
August 4, 2017 at 1:00 am

His Dark Materials novelist says today’s steep price cuts devalue authors’ work and cheapen the experience of readingWith more than two months to go before Philip Pullman’s long-awaited new novel from the world of His Dark Materials is published, pre-orders have sent La Belle Sauvage flying up bestseller lists. But with booksellers already slashing the…

Open Book: The Magnificent Adrienne Sharp
August 4, 2017

Over drinks with 'PW' adult books director and Open Book columnist Louisa Ermelino, HarperCollins editor Sara Nelson shares news of a spring novel.

On the Road with the Hachette Book Group
August 4, 2017

HBG charters a private bus for a 280-mile day trip, taking 26 editors and publishers (plus one reporter) on a sojourn from New York to bookstores in Rhode Island and Connecticut.

Pearson to Cut 3,000 More Jobs
August 4, 2017

The worldwide educational publisher hopes to save 300 million pounds over the next three years by reducing headcount. Pearson also reported that sales at PRH fell slightly in the first half of 2017, but that profits rose.

Industry Stocks: July 2017 Performances
August 4, 2017

Thanks to the request of a new shareholder that the company put itself up for sale, the stock price of Barnes & Noble rose 7.2% in July, the strongest performance of the 10 stocks listed on the Publishers Weekly Stock Index.

JK Rowling's return to Harry Potter makes her world's richest author in 2017
August 3, 2017 at 10:14 am

As her wizarding world returns to the stage and screen, Rowling’s $95m pushes James Patterson into second place with $87mJK Rowling will need to reserve a particularly large vault at Gringotts bank after a bumper year for the Harry Potter novelist magicked her back to the No 1 spot on Forbes’ list of the world’s…