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Roll Call: Ogilvy PR, Sunset, Bloomsbury and More - Posted September 26, 2012
Ogilvy PR/Chicago has appointed Heather Wilson executive vice president and director of the agency's Chicago Corporate Group. Wilson joined the company on September 17, moving from Weber Shandwick where she ran the West Coa... [PRNewser]

Bloomsbury Acquires Fairchild Books - Posted April 3, 2012
Bloomsbury Publishing has acquired Fairchild Books. This New York-based publisher specializes in textbooks and educational resources on visual arts-related topics such as fashion, merchandising, retailing and interior design. Kathryn Earle will serve as the head of Fairchild Books while Jonathan G... [GalleyCat]

Bloomsbury Publishing Seeks Dynamic Director of Publicity - Posted January 23, 2012
Ready for a new gig? Bloomsbury Publishing is looking for a new ... [GalleyCat]

'The Pirates! Band Of Misfits' Trailer Released - Posted December 8, 2011
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This Week on the mediabistro.com Job Board: HarperCollins, Harvard Business Publishing, Bloomsbury Publishing - Posted October 26, 2011
This week, HarperCollins is looking for a production editor and a ... [semanticweb.com]

Sarah Odedina Leaving Bloomsbury Children's Books - Posted July 19, 2011
Sarah Odedina will be leaving Bloomsbury Children's Books to serve as publisher of a new children's fiction l... [GalleyCat]

Harry Potter the Exhibition Opens in New York City - Posted April 5, 2011
"Harry Potter the Exhibition" opened today at New York City's Discovery Times Square. The video embedded above offers a sneak peek at the show that displays eight movies' worth of props,... [GalleyCat]

Rare 'Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone' Copy Stolen - Posted November 16, 2010
A man and a woman stole a first-edition copy of Harry Potter & the Philosopher's Stone at the "Art You Grew Up With Exhibition" in Ox... [GalleyCat]

Bloomsbury Acquires Ducksworth Academics - Posted November 3, 2010
Bloomsbury has acquired the Ducksworth Academics list. Peter Mayer, the managing director of Duckworth, and Nigel Newton, the CEO of Bloomsbury, made ... [GalleyCat]

Bloomsbury Partners with Qatar Financial - Posted September 10, 2007
Bloomsbury has entered into a business partnership with The Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) Authority to produce what it called a "definitive guide and reference to the financial world today", reports the Bookseller. The Qatar Financial Centre (QFC) is a financial and business c... [GalleyCat]

Bloomsbury Reshuffles At the Top - Posted September 5, 2007
Bloomsbury is splitting the joint role of chairman and chief executive, reports Booktrade.info. Jeremy Wilson, a Non-Executive Director of Bloomsbury since November 2005 and current Vice Chairman, Business Banking at Barclays Bank PLC, will take over as non-executive chairman from the end of September. Nigel Newton says he wishes to separate... [GalleyCat]

Tony Blair to Meet Publishers This Fall - Posted August 24, 2007
Even though it's highly likely that a memoir from former British Prime Minister Tony Blair is years in the offing, that doesn't mean there can't be stories about every permutation and combination relating to such a possible step. To wit, the Bookseller's Katherine Rushton reports that Blair will... [GalleyCat]

WWII Is Hot, Hot, Hot - Posted August 13, 2007
So posits the Telegraph in the wake of a new glut of fiction and non-fiction books who use World War Two as its backdrop, setting or purpose. "We've done incredibly well out of it," says Jonathan Goodman of Carlton Books, whose bumper repackaged editions of class... [GalleyCat]

Bloomsbury Spends Big Money for Financial Database - Posted August 6, 2007
The Bookseller's Alison Flood reports that Bloomsbury has signed a seven year partnership for its electronic finance database with a "major" international financial organisation. The publisher, which first flagged up the possibility of the rights deal in April, believes it will "address a huge market and generate revenues for the next... [GalleyCat]

Bloomsbury Stays Optimistic About Post-Potter Fortunes - Posted July 30, 2007
The burning question on most industry watchers' minds is this: what will Bloomsbury do in a life without new Harry Potter books in the pipeline? CEO Nigel Newton keeps his chin up in an interview with the Guardian. The stock market's ambivalent view on Bloomsbury's preparations frustrates Newton, who has seen... [GalleyCat]

Obligatory Harry Potter Roundup - Posted July 26, 2007
Bloomsbury delays Potter reprint, instead looking to move stock between shops to minimise returns. No news on Scholastic's plans as yet. [The Bookseller] Pity the readers stuck with a copy that was missing pages. [... [GalleyCat]

Even More HP7 Stats - Posted July 24, 2007
Barnes & Noble sold 1.8 million copies of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS on Saturday and Sunday in its stores and online, 38% more than it sold of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince during its first two days on sale. Nielsen Bookscan has tabulated first-day UK sales for Harry Potter... [GalleyCat]

HP-1: Asda Prices HP7 at 5 pounds - Posted July 20, 2007
Supermarket Asda has set a new benchmark for pricing as it will be selling HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS for an unprecedented 5, 72% off the recommended retail price, reports the Bookseller's Graeme Neill. Bloomsbury said they were "bemused' by Asda's pricing and warned t... [GalleyCat]

HP-2: Spoilers, Embargos, All That Jazz - Posted July 19, 2007
Another advance review of DEATHLY HALLOWS, without spoilers, but Mary Carole McAuley comments that "once the pieces fall into place, it all seems rather obvious. No other outcome would have been as plausible." [Baltimore Sun] Bloomsbury is co... [GalleyCat]

HP-3: BA Slams Potter Discounts - Posted July 18, 2007
Tim Godfray, chief executive of the Booksellers Association (BA), has slammed the "crazy" levels of discounts being used by retailers to flog the latest Harry Potter book. Godfray said the book industry had been "considerably weakened by this deep discounting", reports the Bookseller. The strong comments follow a day of extraordinary... [GalleyCat]

HP-4: Of Course It Leaked, And Maybe That's Not So Bad - Posted July 17, 2007
I find myself strangely unmoved at the news that HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS leaked, in full, thanks to intrepid scanners who posted the entire contents on various Torrent sites like ... [GalleyCat]

Asda and Bloomsbury Make Up - Posted July 17, 2007
The Bookseller reports that Bloomsbury and supermarket chain Asda have resolved their dispute, after the giant retailer apologised for accusing the Harry Potter publisher of holding... [GalleyCat]

HP-4: Bloomsbury and Asda at War - Posted July 17, 2007
Boy, this is big news in its own right: the Bookseller reported that Bloomsbury had canceled Asda's 500,000 Harry Potter order and declared the supermarket a "Harry Potter free zone". The publisher said that it had taken the decision because it had not been paid by the chain, but it has... [GalleyCat]

HP-5: Publishing-centric Roundup - Posted July 16, 2007
Bloomsbury defends Potter pricing. [Telegraph] Meet Christopher Little, probably the richest agent in publishing as a result of Harry Potter. [Observer] The cost of... [GalleyCat]

HP-8: The Friday Roundup - Posted July 13, 2007
The WSJ's Jeff Trachtenberg wonders if it is at all humanly possible to keep a lid on spoilers once HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS is available to one and all as of July 21. Bloomsbury sure ... [GalleyCat]

Borders Gets In On the Mobile Game - Posted July 10, 2007
Borders is set to work with top book publishers including Penguin, Random House, HarperCollins and Bloomsbury to deliver the first chapters of forthcoming books from authors on mobile, according to NMA. The plan is to offer consumers the opportunity to read up to 30 samplers for free every month. The chapters... [GalleyCat]

Bloomsbury on the Acquisition Prowl - Posted June 28, 2007
When a company is flush, they usually want to expand their reach and share the wealth, so to speak. And as the Bookseller reports, Bloomsbury is no different, revealing today in advance of its annual general meeting that it is "actively considering" a number of possible acquisitions, though nothing is specified.... [GalleyCat]

Has Harry Been Hacked? - Posted June 21, 2007
It was bound to happen, and I suppose the only thing I'm wondering is that it took this long for some would-be hacker to try to get into Bloomsbury's computer systems and retrieve the manuscript of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS - if you believe, of course, that such a... [GalleyCat]

Harry Potter Publisher Claims to Strike Gold Once Again - Posted June 11, 2007
The Independent's Arifa Akbar reports that Barry Cunningham, the former Bloomsbury employee who championed a little-known children's book named HARRY POTTER AND THE PHILOSOPHER'S STONE, claims to have done it again. Now the managing director of Chicken House publishing, he's signed up TUNNELS, a debut children's fantasy novel about "a boy... [GalleyCat]

Pearson Gets Critical Analysis - Posted June 8, 2007
The Times' Dan Sabbagh looks at the performance of educational publisher Pearson (parent company of Penguin) and its CEO, Dame Marjorie Scardino, over the last ten years, and wonders if it's "unreasonable to ask whether it is time for Dame Marjorie to adopt a different strategy." Especially because even though the... [GalleyCat]

S&S UK to Follow Parent Lead on Contract Changes - Posted May 24, 2007
The Bookseller reports that Simon & Schuster's UK arm will follow its parent's lead in extending its author contracts, despite the ongoing row in New York between the publisher and the Authors Guild over the reversion of author rights. The move provoked fury from UK aut... [GalleyCat]

Harry Potter and the Illusion of Moneymaking - Posted May 14, 2007
I'm really linking to this Sunday Telegraph piece on why many in the book trade are worried sick over the impending release of HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS for the left-hand graphic - which sums up said worries rather well, as many retailers are privately fuming that such a huge... [GalleyCat]

Competing on Harry's Turf - Posted May 11, 2007
Is it foolhardy for any publisher to compete head-to-head with the juggernaut that is HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS? Well, according to the Bookseller, Serpent's Tail has no plans to get out of J.K. Rowling's way when it releases an adult-oriented "anti-Hogwarts" novel at the same time as the... [GalleyCat]

Harry Potter and the Continuing Price Wars - Posted May 4, 2007
The news is surprising, even a slap in the face to hear, but wholly unexpected. The Times reports that HMV boss Simon Fox has warned investors that the seeming cash cow known as HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS is really far, far from that. Ev... [GalleyCat]

Orange Broadband New Writers Award Shortlist - Posted April 24, 2007
The shortlist for the Orange Broadband New Writers Award has been announced:Clare Allan, POPPY SHAKESPEARE (Bloomsbury) Karen Connelly, THE LIZARD CAGE (Harvill Secker) Roopa Farooki, BITTER SWEETS (Macmillan)... [GalleyCat]

Bloomsbury Goes Digital - Posted April 17, 2007
Reuters reports on Bloomsbury's latest initiative, as the publisher announced yesterday it had begun working with digital book company LibreDigital to let readers search and preview book content via the Web. The publisher said its "Look Inside" online... [GalleyCat]

Returns for New Harry Potter Capped, Just Like Last Time - Posted April 9, 2007
And the news that Bloomsbury is once more imposing a cap on returns - reduced from 20 per cent last time to 10 per cent - is no doubt extremely unwelcome to independent bookstores, reports the Independent. Recall that many of these stores once vowed en masse in the UK that... [GalleyCat]

Harry Potter Gets Ecological - Posted March 21, 2007
AP's Hillel Italie has more on a story circulating yesterday with regards to the next (and final) Harry Potter title, as Scholastic will join Bloomsbury and Raincoast in publishing HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS on ecologically friendly paper containing a minimum of 30% post-consumer waste (pcw) fiber. On Scholastic's part,... [GalleyCat]

We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful, Part Two - Posted February 28, 2007
When Mark Sarvas began blogging about literary matters in late 2003 at The Elegant Variation, he never shied away from mentioning there was a novel in the works, but was understandably discreet about giving out details. Now he's far more forthcoming after announcing on his acclaimed litblog (which started arou... [GalleyCat]

Mark Your Calendars for Harry Potter 7: July 21 - Posted February 1, 2007
HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS by J.K.Rowling, the final installment in the Harry Potter series, will be published around the world in the English language on Saturday, July 21st 2007, Bloomsbury has announced. Scholastic will publish on the same date in the US, as will Raincoast Books in Canada.... [GalleyCat]

No Profit on Harry Potter for Indie Bookstores - Posted January 16, 2007
The Telegraph picks up on the findings of the Bookseller's survey of independent publishers last week, which concluded that a quarter of independent booksellers say that they will not stock the final Harry Potter book when it is published because they claim they cannot make a profit on it. The main... [GalleyCat]

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