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Posts Tagged ‘Pan Macmillan’

UK Booksellers Missing Out on Manga, Publishers Warn

The Bookseller’s Caroline Horn reports that UK publishers are warning booksellers that they are missing out on sales by failing to acknowledge consumer demand for manga. Publishers have been piling into the manga market for the past two years, with Little, Brown‘s Orbit the latest entrant through US list Yen Press this autumn. Random House launched its Tanoshimi imprint last year, while Orion‘s Gollancz started publishing manga in 2005, and Pan Macmillan signed an exclusive sales and distribution deal with manga publisher Tokyopop last summer.

“There is a lot of stock out there, but perhaps the growth in retail space allocated to manga is not keeping step with the amount of titles being published,” said Orbit business manager George Walkley. “In any of the major chains, manga is being under-cooked in terms of space.” Tokyopop UK sales director Dennis McGuirk added: “The issue is about the amount of space dedicated to this sector by high street retailers—manga is not given a huge amount of space so fans are given a limited offering and need to seek out specialists or go online for purchases.”

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Take That, Becks: Ronaldo Signs Book Deal

The Bookseller reports that Pan Macmillan has acquired the first book from Cristiano Ronaldo, the Manchester United and Portugal winger who was named PFA Players’ Player of the Year 2007. Richard Milner secured the rights to MOMENTS: THE WAY I FEEL via a profit share deal with Portuguese publisher Ideias & Rumos, represented by UK agent David Luxton. Pan will represent the book – which will be published in October – internationally, handling rights, distribution and serial sales. “It’s very accessible and personal but not sensationalist—it is an integrated insight into a football star’s world both on and off the pitch,” said Milner, adding that the book comprises stories, recollections and 150 photographs. Of the widely acclaimed star of Man U – the former home of a certain Mister Beckham – Milner gushed, “He’s the biggest young star at the biggest club in the biggest sport in the world.”

Rodale Shuts Door on UK Office

Health and lifestyle publisher Rodale has scaled down its UK books operation, according to Publishing News, with many of its staff leaving the company, including its MD Louise Rice. he publisher has recently been focusing on a list of titles bought from its US parent company and repackaged, after a program which included some titles bought specifically for the UK market. Only foreign rights and direct marketing (the latter non-book related) departments remain at its London office, which is due to close at the end of March, but there remains a possibility that Pan Macmillan (which handles sales & distribution for the publisher) may attempt to restructure the company.