By Edward Nawotka
In the UK, the Bookseller revealed that Hachette was now leading all other publishers in sales in the UK, largely based on the immense interest in Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight novels. Its sales grew 3.7% and was the only one of the “Big Four” UK publishers — Hachette, Random House, Penguin and HarperCollins — not to have a decline in overall sale in the first half of the year.
BookBrunch notes that Yann Martel’s Life of Pi has sold some two million copies for Cannongate, the company which discovered him, and has signed up his forthcoming novel. That book sold last week in the US to Spiegel & Grau, a division of Random House, for what is said to be a multi-million dollar advance. In the US, the book sold 185,000 copies in hardcover and another two million copies in paperback.
University presses are starting to get into the e-book game, writes Publishers Weekly. The University of Chicago Press will make program to make 700 e-books available immediately, while New York University, Rutgers, Temple and the University of Pennsylvania are beginning a six month study to assess the feasibility of a collaborative scholarly e-book program.
Also in the US, the National Association of Independent Publishers Representatives (NAIPR) has launched Frontlist Plus Universal, an online ordering tool for with catalogs of more than 200 publishers and distributors, says Publishers Lunch. The tool enables booksellers to import catalog data directly into their computer inventory system, thus saving them the effort of typing in the information themselves. One of the biggest features, adds PW, which also covered the launch, is that it works across multiple platforms “including Anthology, Square One and WordStock.”