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A publisher’s postbag – in pictures

| Book Reviews, Books and Reading, News, Parenting | 22 April 2011

During his 30-year career as a children’s book publisher,

Thursday 21 April 2011 16.18 BST

During his 30-year career as a children’s book publisher, Klaus Flugge received almost 100 beautifully illustrated envelopes by artists including Posy Simmonds, Tony Ross and Axel Scheffler. Here he introduces some of his favourites.

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Comments Off on Author who claimed JK Rowling stole idea for Harry Potter ordered to pay £1.5m ‘security’ before plagiarism case starts

Author who claimed JK Rowling stole idea for Harry Potter ordered to pay £1.5m ‘security’ before plagiarism case starts

| Families, family, News, Parenting | 22 March 2011

The man claiming that one of JK Rowling’s Harry Potter books was lifted from another work has been ordered to pay more than £1.5 million into court as security for the costs of the author and her publisher – or the case will be struck out.

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 5:25 PM on 21st March 2011

The order was made by Mr Justice Kitchin at a hearing in the Chancery Division of the High Court. The claim has been brought by Paul Allen, trustee of the estate of the late Adrian Jacobs, who died in 1997, who alleges that the fourth Harry Potter book, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, was plagiarised from Mr Jacobs’ book, Willy the Wizard. Mr Allen is suing Ms Rowling and her publisher, Bloomsbury, for some £5 million. Mr Justice Kitchen last year rejected an application by Ms Rowling and Bloomsbury to strike the case out – although he said it had only an ‘improbable’ chance of success.

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Rise of the e-book

| Media, News, Parenting, TV, Theatre and Film | 1 March 2011

Source: DAILYMAIL

Harry Potter publisher sold 18 TIMES as many digital books in 2010.

By DAILY MAIL REPORTER
Last updated at 2:02 PM on 28th February 2011

Bloomsbury, the publisher of the Harry Potter books, today said its e-book sales grew 18-fold in 2010. Digital books now account for 10 per cent of Bloomsbury print sales as more customers downloaded titles to read on iPads, Kindles and other hand-held devices. The publishing house said revenues of £90.7million were up 4 per cent in the year to December 31, while profits excluding one-off items lifted to £8.4million from £7.7million a year earlier.….Continue Reading

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Dorling Kindersley opens its own app shop

| Media, News, Parenting, TV, Theatre and Film | 12 December 2010

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Dorling Kindersley, the educational and children’s publisher, is to launch a new website this week that will allow customers to download a selection of digital products from its own stable and that of others.

By James Quinn

The publisher, owned by Pearson, is aiming to sell the digital products linked to some of its best-selling books, including books by parenting expert Miriam Stoppard and its DK Eyewitness travel guides.

But at the same time – in what is thought to be a first for the publishing world – the shop, which can be found at www.dkappshop.com, will also sell the products of other publishers, as well as helpful applications for most types of mobile phones on all networks and most operating systems.….Continue Reading

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U.S. publisher hits schoolgirl, 10, with £1,300 bill

| Fundraising, International News, News, Parenting | 21 July 2010

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U.S. publisher hits schoolgirl, 10, with £1,300 bill for using Chaplin song in her charity video

By CHRIS BROOKE
Last updated at 5:55 PM on 20th July 2010

It seemed the perfect way for a budding young actress to raise money for a good cause.

Inspired by her grandfather’s love of Charlie Chaplin, ten-year-old Bethany Hare dressed up like the legendary comic to star in her own video tribute.

The heartwarming homemade film, featuring the schoolgirl singing the song ‘Smile’, was posted on the JustGiving website to raise funds for a children’s hospice.

Yet, astonishingly, the short internet video has become the subject of a copyright dispute.

The New York-based publishing company who own the rights to the song – which was originally composed by Chaplin as an instrumental for his 1936 movie Modern Times – insisted Bethany had to remove the harmless clip….Continue Reading