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This Week in Publishing

23 August, 2013


This Week in Publishing: Nielsen Expands, Guinness Voting Closes and PI launches the Language Scalpel!

This week at the PI Towers we decided to stick with the subject of Gill & Macmillan- well, in a manner of speaking anyway! Fergal Tobin, who is G & M’s publishing director, has very kindly agreed to kick off our seminar series for the Autumn/ Winter season on 27 September with a much-needed session on grammar! The bookings have been steadily rolling in for what promises to be a thoroughly great day.

Interested in going? Check out the details here:

Keep your eyes peeled for more seminars on marketing, copyright and much much more!


Guinness Voting Closes

This week has seen the final push for publishing projects in their endeavour to secure funding from the Arthur Guinness Projects. Both the Dublin Book Festival and Swan River Press have thrown their respective hats into the ring with the Press gaining a rather impressive 4259 votes!  We wish them both the very best of luck! Only a few hours left so those of you have yet to click do so now!

Good News for Nielsen

Nielsen has expanded its horizons this week as it buys two of Bowker’s business, which means that the book scan’s metadata reach will cover much more ground moving into the US  ebook market. In an article in this week’s Bookseller, Kurt Sandfort who is the ceo of one of the purchased outfits ProQuest is quoted as saying: ‘publishers will receive the critical data they require to navigate the transition to digital’. It will be interesting to see what the synthesis will bring to publishers in terms of crucial data on global ebook sales. To read the article, go to

Amazon –V- Publishing Continues?

And the battle between the online behemoth and the publishing industry continues as another online retailer from the US, aka has declared that it  will continue to match Amazon’s discount prices. It has announced that members of their loyalty program, Club O, will now receive “Club O Dollars” equaling 15% of a book purchase price to use toward future purchases. Via Publishers’ Weekly. To continue reading, go to

Launches and Other Happenings

This week saw the launch of Island’s Siobhan Parkinson’s Heart-Shaped in the Gutter Bookshop complete with fizzy wine and cake while the two poetry collections Fine Lament by Rachel Warriner & Exteroceptive by Sarah Hayden were launched last night at the Irish Writer’s Centre.

In other news, Judi Dench and Dustin Hoffman are to star in an adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot for the BBC- looking forward to that one!



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