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Pearson in ‘advanced discussions’ to Sell Financial Times Group

Publishing group Pearson is reportedly in advanced discussions with Germany’s largest newspaper publisher Axel Springer to offload its iconic newspaper, the Financial Times. The Financial Times Group includes a 50% stake in The Economist magazine and several other titles. In recent years Pearson has been concentrating on consolidating its brand as an educational publisher and over the past few

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TIPM Q&A Interview: Peter Paul van Bekkum – Mybestseller

This is the latest of our TIPM Q&A interviews featuring people from the publishing industry with a particular focus on The Future of Publishing. TIPM focuses on many companies from the USA and UK and I thought it would be interesting to get some perspective on the services and publishing industry in mainland Europe. This

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Pearson in ‘advanced discussions’ to Sell Financial Times Group

Publishing group Pearson is reportedly in advanced discussions with Germany’s largest newspaper publisher Axel Springer to offload its iconic newspaper, the Financial Times. The Financial Times Group includes a 50% stake in The Economist magazine and several other titles. In recent years Pearson has been concentrating on consolidating its brand as an educational publisher and over the past few

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FastPencil Back in the Hands of Founder Steve Wilson

Courier Corporation, a large US book manufacturer and content management provider, has agreed a deal to sell its self-publishing service provider and writing community FastPencil back to former owner Steve Wilson. Wilson and Michael Ashley founded FastPencil in 2007, but sold it to Courier six years later for $5 million. While outwardly FastPencil has grown — providing the publishing

Traditional Publishing

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Book Cover Twins: Why So Alike? [Infographic]

You don’t judge a book by its cover, do you? If you do, be careful: it can be deceiving. Covers can be ugly or beautiful, dull or bright, black-and-white or colorful. No one expects every cover art to become iconic like the one for Burgess’s ‘A Clockwork Orange’. But at least the book cover has

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Book Cover Twins: Why So Alike? [Infographic]

You don’t judge a book by its cover, do you? If you do, be careful: it can be deceiving. Covers can be ugly or beautiful, dull or bright, black-and-white or colorful. No one expects every cover art to become iconic like the one for Burgess’s ‘A Clockwork Orange’. But at least the book cover has

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Amazon Is The Reader’s Friend | Intelligence Squared Debate [VIDEO]

In late 2014, Amazon and the publishing house Hachette settled a months-long dispute over who should set the price for e-books. In Amazon’s view, lower prices mean more sales and more readers, and that benefits everyone. But for publishers, the price of an e-book must reflect the investment made, from the author’s advance to a

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Man Booker Prize Announces 2015 Longlist

The longlist for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize was announced this morning, Wednesday 29th July 2015. From the Press Release:   This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges chaired by Michael Wood, and also comprising Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, John Burnside, Sam Leith and Frances Osborne. The judges considered 156 books for this year’s

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Book Cover Twins: Why So Alike? [Infographic]

You don’t judge a book by its cover, do you? If you do, be careful: it can be deceiving. Covers can be ugly or beautiful, dull or bright, black-and-white or colorful. No one expects every cover art to become iconic like the one for Burgess’s ‘A Clockwork Orange’. But at least the book cover has

Marketing

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Smashwords Introduces Assetless Preorders

Self-publishing platform Smashwords has introduced what it calls ‘Assetless Preorders’ for e-books. While the platform has allowed authors and small press publishers a preorder feature for nearly two years, it required the load up of finalised e-book files. Smashwords founder Mark Coker revealed in a blog post last week that fewer than 10% of e-books released on

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