Saturday, August 30, 2014

The Roundup with PW

Children's Led PRH in First Half of 2014
Penguin Random House posted total revenue of 1.46 billion euros in the first half of 2014 and operating EBITDA of 159 million euros, parent company Bertelsmann reported Friday morning. PRH CEO Markus Dohle, in his letter to PRH employees, called the performance “solid,” with the publisher's children's business having a particularly good period. more »

Books-A-Million Has Solid Quarter
Citing continued improvement in its core book business, Books-A-Million reported that it cut its net loss for the second quarter ended August 2, 2014 to $3.0 million from $9.1 million in the comparable period last year. Total sales in the period fell 0.5%, to $108.3 million, while comparable store sales inched ahead 0.1%. more »

Beijing Book Fair 2014: The Sweet Spots
The second day of the Beijing International Book Fair saw crowded aisles in the International Hall and packed booths of established rights agencies. Interest in e-book rights was also on the rise. more »

Springsteen's 'Outlaw Pete' to Become Illustrated Book
Simon & Schuster has acquired world rights to 'Outlaw Pete,' an adult picture book based on Bruce Springsteen's song of the same name about a bank-robbing baby. Cartoonist and writer Frank Caruso will provide illustrations to accompany Springsteen's lyrics from the song, which appeared on his 2009 album 'Working on a Dream.' more »

Greer: E-books 'Should Cost Pennies': Writer Germaine Greer has said that e-books should “cost pennies” and accused people of having an “irrational attachment to the [printed] book."

Two guys, Two Books: Sipped drinks, berry tarts and the new literary book tour.

World's Most Expensive New Book : 'Cosmetic Surgeon Marketing Motto: The Secret Recipe To Grow Referrals' includes a $10,000 Consultation Certificate which entitles each buyer of the book to eight one hour one-on-one consultation telephone calls with the authors.

Please Do Not Distrub: Ten things that happen when you can't put down a good book, rounded up at Buzzfeed.

Best Pinterest Boards for Bookish Types: There’s a big, wonderful world of bookish websites out there. Book Riot points you to some of its favorites.

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