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  • Little, Brown Pays Seven Figures for Debut Novel By Aussie Author

    The one sale that's invigorated the publishing industry during an otherwise sleepy summer is the major buy Little, Brown just made for Australian novelist Hannah Kent's Burial Rites.

  • De Gruyter Completes Birkhäuser Purchase

    The Berlin-based academic publisher De Gruyter has completed its purchase of the Swiss-based German-language Birkhäuser. Alongside the acquisition of Birkhäuser's architecture and design publishing division, the acquisition includes the Birkhäuser brand name, which is includes a range of STM publications.

  • Germany's Weltbild for Sale

    After weeks of controversy over the revelation that it was selling “soft porn,” the German publishing and bookselling powerhouse Weltbild has been put up for sale by 18 dioceses of the Catholic Church that own the company.

  • Bonnier and Sonoma in European Acquistion Deal

    As reported in the European publishing press, Finnish publishing house Bonnier Books has acquired WSOY, Finland’s largest general trade book publisher, from Sonoma, strengthening Bonnier’s general publishing list in Finland. As part of the acquisition, Sonoma has acquired Bonnier Learning in Sweden and Tammi Learning from Bonnier. The deal allows both publishers to focus on their core business areas.

  • Agents Keeping Foreign Publishers on Digital Leash

    As the London Book Fair goes through its annual run this week, American agents are trying to figure out the best way to sell digital rights to foreign publishers in markets that are far behind the U.S. in e-book sales. Even though many international publishers are just starting to dabble in producing e-books, almost all recognize that digital books are the future and that, in a few years, their local market will look more like the current one in America, where e-books are accounting for as much as 8% of revenue among the major houses. For this reason, most American agents are including digital rights in their foreign deals, but not without caveats.

  • PubMatch, The International Rights Service, Inks Deal with Lee's Literary Agency

    PubMatch, the book publishing portal and rights database jointly owned by Publishers Weekly and Combined Book Exhibit, has joined forces Lee’s Literary Agency in the first step to expand the service. The agreement position the site to dramatically increase its global membership and become the leading Web site for multilingual rights information around the world.

  • AbeBooks Buys German Company

    AbeBooks Europe GmbH, the German subsidiary of the Amazon-owned Abebooks, has reached an agreement with Mediantis AG to acquire the assets of the ZVAB.com business, the online marketplace of German rare antiquarian books with over 3,000 professional antiquarians in 27 countries that offers customers an inventory of over 35 million used, antiquarian and out-of-print books in many languages.

  • Kodansha, Dai Nippon Acquire Vertical Inc.

    Japanese publishing giant Kodansha Ltd. has joined with Japanese printing giant Dai Nippon Printing to acquire Vertical Inc., a Tokyo- and New York City-based publisher of contemporary Japanese prose fiction and nonfiction and classic manga in translation.

  • S&S Signs Up New YA Trilogy by Tonya Hurley

    Simon & Schuster has acquired U.S. and audio rights to The Blessed, a trilogy by Tonya Hurley, author of ghostgirl and its two sequels. The trilogy—a contemporary, supernatural romance that is a reimagining of the martyrdom legends of three saints—will be edited by executive editor Zareen Jaffery; the inaugural novel will be published in July 2012.

  • Center Street Signs Rand Paul Book

    Hachette's Center Street imprint has signed Rand Paul's The Tea Party Goes to Washington. The Kentucky senator-elect, and controversial Tea Party-er, is planning to crash the book so it publishes in February 2011, just as he starts his first term in office.

  • RH in Unique Multi-Language Deal for New Rushdie

    In what it's claiming is a first, in scale and scope, Random House has closed its most significant multi-language deal for a single title by acquiring the rights to publish the latest Salman Rushdie book in every territory where it has a subsidiary. Through the deal, RH will publish the title in English, German, and Spanish. RH described the acquisition as its "most far-reaching multi-national" to date, and bought rights to the work in all formats--hardcover, paperback, audio, and e-book.

  • Deals: Week of 10/18/10

  • Frankfurt 2010: Rights Deals: 10/7/10

    Quercus has acquired WEL rights in the latest novel by Frank Schaetzing, author of The Swarm, a book-of-the-fair a few years back. The new novel is LIMIT, published by Kiepenheuer & Witsch in Germany and now sold in 17 countries. The deal was concluded via Tanja Howarth, representing K&W.

  • Perseus Expands Constellation Overseas

    Starting December 1, the Perseus Books Group will expand its Constellation service internationally and in the process allow customers in foreign countries to buy copies of U.S. titles in e-book or print-on-demand formats in territories where a publisher has English-language rights.

  • Pre-Frankfurt Buzz: Burstein Gets Six Figures in Two Deals for Newest 'Secrets' Book

    Danny Baror closed a major pre-Frankfurt deal, in the U.S. and the U.K., selling Dan Burstein, Arne de Keijzer and John-Henri Holmberg's Secrets of the Tattooed Girl. Baror sold the book, in two high six-figure deals, to St. Martin's Press in the States and to Weidenfeld & Nicolson in the U.K. Subtitled The Unauthorized Guide to the Stieg Larsson Trilogy, the book looks to tap into the success Burstein found with his other Secrets titles, such as his bestselling Secrets of the Code (Vanguard Press), which was a companion reader to Dan Brown's The Da Vinci Code.

  • Sentinel to Publish Rumsfeld Memoir

    Penguin's Sentinel imprint has acquired a memoir by Donald Rumsfeld, Known and Unknown, which it plans to publish on January 25. The book,said Adrian Zackheim, president and publisher of Sentinel, is a work that "pulls no punches." The publisher is promising that the title is "filled with previously undisclosed details and insights about the Bush administration, 9/11, and the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq."

  • Japanese Giants Team for E-books

    Japan's biggest cellular services provider NTT Docomo and the Dai Nippon Printing Co. have launched a partnership to bring e-book content to Docomo's handsets to compete with Sony and others. Due to debut this fall, the service will combine Docomo's existing content-distribution and payment systems with DNP's planned hybrid digital/physical bookstores.

  • Evanovich Leaves SMP After All and Signs With Random House

    Is Janet Evanovich worth $50 million? That was the question we asked ourselves in this week's magazine. We may be somewhat closer to a defnitive answer now, with the news that Evanovich has signed a four book deal with Random House's Ballantine Bantam Dell division. (Despite our theory, the answer to that initial question is likely closer to yes.)

  • Little, Brown Lands Afghanistan Book by Michael Hastings

    Geoff Shandler at Little, Brown has acquired a new book by Michael Hastings, the author of the explosive recent article in Rolling Stone, "The Runaway General." The currently untitled book, which Shandler bought from Scott Moyers at the Wylie Agency, will offer a longer look at the war in Afghanistan, pulling from the journalist's behind-the-scenes reporting in the Middle East, Europe, and Washington, D.C.

  • Random House UK Wins Rights to Harding Novels

    Heated auctions for works by the recent winner of the Pulitzer for fiction, Paul Harding, have just closed.

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