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Books world uneasy as Pearson to sell stake in Penguin Random House
January 18, 2017 at 11:29 am

Management have moved to reassure staff and writers that selling the 47% holding will not affect business, but authors and agents express uneaseAuthors and staff have reacted cautiously to news that Pearson is to sell its stake in Penguin Random House (PRH), the world’s biggest publisher and home to some of the most successful brands…

Will the Pearson chief be brought to book over profits warnings? | Nils Pratley
January 18, 2017 at 9:43 am

John Fallon has presided over a string of mishaps at the educational giant and a plunge in the share priceForecasting is difficult, especially about the future, as the old line goes – but is it quite as hard as John Fallon, chief executive of Pearson, makes it seem?Two errors in 2016 were understandable, or at…

Pearson profit warnings wipe almost £2bn off its value
January 18, 2017 at 7:27 am

Education giant plans sale of stake in Penguin Random House to Bertelsmann as it cuts payout to shareholdersAlmost £2bn was wiped from the stock market value of Pearson after the beleaguered FTSE 100 company issued profit warnings for the next two years and said it would cut its payout to shareholders.The group is also putting…

Alt-writing: how the far right is changing US publishing
January 18, 2017 at 5:59 am

Rightwing writers, ranging from conservative to lunatic fringe across all genres, have long been a lucrative books market. Will the new era see it grow?He compares feminism to cancer, called transgender people “retarded” and once labelled a BuzzFeed reporter a “thick-as-pig-shit media Jew”. So when “alt-right” figurehead Milo Yiannopoulos, who relentlessly delights in wild provocation,…

Examining Korean Literature in Translation and International Reach
January 18, 2017 at 2:30 am

Both the number and nature of commercially successful translations of Korean titles are questioned in a crowded international marketplace for books. The post Examining Korean Literature in Translation and International Reach appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Cambridge University Press: A Marked Improvement in MARC Records
January 18, 2017 at 2:30 am

In a major focus on its metadata, Cambridge University Press is working this year to improve the discoverability of its material for library users. The post Cambridge University Press: A Marked Improvement in MARC Records appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

The Da Vinci Code code: what's the formula for a bestselling book?
January 17, 2017 at 12:49 pm

Sales figures for the most popular modern authors round up familiar suspects from Dan Brown to JK Rowling. Taken together, they hint at surprising sales secretsSteve Berry could be forgiven for asking himself every day what it takes to make a book a global bestseller. Back in 2003, the former lawyer published a novel that…

James Swallow: 'The fuel for my book was a slow-burning anger'
January 17, 2017 at 7:49 am

The author of Nomad, an espionage thriller for the 21st century, remembers the frustrations that drove him to move on from his career in science fictionWhen my thriller Nomad was first published, the questions I was asked most often revolved around inspiration. What drove me to tell this story? What made writing this book the…

Banipal’s Honor for Arabic Literary Translation Goes to Jonathan Wright
January 17, 2017 at 2:30 am

Jonathan Wright's translation of Saud Alsanousi’s novel involving guest workers in the Gulf takes the 12-year-old Banipal Trust's award. The post Banipal’s Honor for Arabic Literary Translation Goes to Jonathan Wright appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.

Nielsen Book Releases New UK and US Metadata Reports
January 17, 2017 at 2:30 am

Charting the importance of proper and timely metadata, Nielsen Book's twin studies from the US and UK markets may be motivational updates for publishers. The post Nielsen Book Releases New UK and US Metadata Reports appeared first on Publishing Perspectives.