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Hodder Headline Drops Name, Reorganizes

The Bookseller’s Alison Bone reports that Hachette Livre UK is to drop the Hodder Headline name from August, in a raft of changes intended to simplify the publishing group’s structure. The changes will also see Hachette Children’s Books, Headline, Hodder & Stoughton, Hodder Education and John Murray reporting directly to Hachette Livre UK, rather than to Hodder Headline as they currently do.

Hodder Headline’s name dates to 1993 when Headline and Hodder & Stoughton merged. The legal entity Hodder Headline Limited will continue to trade, but with its name changed to HLUK (Euston Road) Limited, a name which will not generally be used in external communications. Hachette stressed that no author, employee or supplier contracts would be affected by the changes, that no job losses are involved, and that the Headline and Hodder publishing businesses would continue to operate separately.

As a result, many internal changes and promotions are in effect. Martin Neild, currently Hodder Headline m.d., becomes CEO of Hodder & Stoughton and John Murray, in addition to his role as m.d. of Headline. Hodder m.d. Jamie Hodder-Williams, who is joining the board of Hachette Livre UK with immediate effect, will continue to report to him, as will John Murray m.d. Roland Philipps, and Headline deputy m.d.s Kerr Macrae and Jane Morpeth. Hachette Livre UK commercial director Richard Kitson is also joining the board with immediate effect.

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Warner Rebrands Business Imprint as Business Plus

PW Daily reports that Grand Central Publishing division will rename its Warner Business imprint Business Plus, with the new name appearing on titles this September. The imprint will work in tandem with Hachette‘s UK subsidiary, Hodder Headline, to give Business Plus a more international scope and “develop joint acquisition strategies and acquire world rights where possible for Business Plus titles.” Rick Wolff will continue to direct the business imprint in the U.S., while David Wilson, editorial director of Hodder, will lead Business Plus in the UK.

Good News for Lagardere

Lagardere, parent company of Hachette Book Group (as well as Hachette’s UK arm comprising Hodder Headline, Orion and Little, Brown Book Group) reports its first quarter revenues and for the publishing arm, revenues rose by 29.2% to 411.2m euros (or ($554 million), largely due to the consolidation of 83m euros of sales from Time Warner Book Group. On a like-for-like basis, revenues to end March 2007 advanced by 3.0%. They report that the 2007 outlook for Lagardere Publishing is good, especially for Education in France and Spain and for Literature in the United States.

Arrests in India on Pirated Book Charges

Six people were arrested for distribution and printing of pirated books worth Rs.135 million in the national capital, reports the Indo-Asian News Service. According to police, raids were conducted after a complaint from some foreign publishing houses, including the Publishers Association of United Kingdom, HarperCollins, Random House and Hodder Headline. They claimed that a well-established clandestine network involved in the printing and distribution of high-value pirated books was operating in Delhi.

After establishing the information, raids were conducted at five locations and the accused were arrested on March 30 with 13,500 pirated books of foreign publishers – mainly best-selling titles such as the Harry Potter series, YOU CAN WIN, ANGELS & DEMONS and THE DA VINCI CODE, police said. The leader of the pirate books ring, Mohamed Safiq, is still at large.

Getting a Publishing Job Almost as Difficult as Getting Published

So reports the BBC on the current state of the publishing industry’s employment climate, especially with regards to minority hires. Minority groups have typically been under-represented in the industry – a situation demonstrated by a 2004 survey commissioned by the Arts Council which found nearly half of those in the profession did not believe it was “culturally diverse”. Even those who have fulfilled their dream of working in the industry are still frustrated about its recruitment methods and attitudes to candidates from atypical backgrounds. Perhaps the disparity between London’s minority population (28%) and those working in London-based publishing houses (14%) indicates the larger problem.

“There are plenty of jobs out there in publishing for which people can apply but for some reason ethnic minorities are just finding it that much more difficult to get in,” says Sandy Officer, a production assistant at Hodder Headline who was taken on by the company on a special 12-month traineeship scheme in 2005 and subsequently securing a full-time job with the firm. “This industry is very much based on who you know and the contacts you have and you only find these contacts if you are already within the industry,” she says. But Penguin‘s Helen Fraser defends those in senior positions from any charges of myopia. “It is not the job of publishers to try and adjust social problems,” she says. “They are, above all, looking for writing talent. You can’t push them out of the way to change the social mix.”