Proposals to change Ordnance Survey from a Trading Fund into a government-owned company [GovCo], which will enable it to introduce more products and services and to grow more quickly, have moved one step closer.
This week Matthew Hancock, minister of state for business, enterprise and energy, made a written ministerial statement to say the government intended the change to take place at the end of this financial year.
The Walker Books Group is set to release picture books from Italian children's publisher minibombo after the two companies signed a partnership agreement.
Walker Books Group, which comprises Walker Books UK, Candlewick Press in the US and Walker Books Australiahas acquired the English language rights and foreign agency rights to the minibombo list. It has plans to publish four picture books across the three territories; Black Cat, White Cat and The White Book in summer 2015 and Near, Far and Now You See Me, Now You Don’t in 2016.
Pan Macmillan has won a six-figure auction for Dark Matter by Blake Crouch, an author previously published by Amazon Publishing.
Editorial director Julie Crisp acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to the book from Alexis Hurley at Inkwell Managements, after seeing a 140-page partial.
The book was pre-empted in the US by Molly Stern at Crown for a seven-figure deal, and film rights have been optioned by Sony Pictures for $1.25m, after they beat five other film studios.
Foyles is to expand into the West Midlands for the first time, by opening a store at the new Grand Central Birmingham station.
Last week’s revelation that Holtzbrinck will partner with Springer to create a new, combined publishing company sprang a surprise on the industry.
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