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News stories from the book world in July 2007

July 2007

Piatkus sold to Little Brown

30 July 2007

This week's surprise announcement of the sale of Piatkus Books to Little Brown is saddening for those who value the diversity in the publishing world contributed by independent publishers.   Read more

Biggest one-day sale in history is loss-leader

23 July 2007

News Review does not usually deal with the same subject in successive weeks, but we have just witnessed the biggest one-day sale of any book in history with Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and it is worth reflecting on how this blockbusting saga affects the book world.  Read more

Is this the last Harry Potter?

16 July 2007

Pottermania is about to reach what may well be its peak, with the imminent publication of the last book in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows and the just-released film of the fourth book, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix.  Read more

Fopp collapses - is this meltdown?

9 July 2007

The British book trade is close to meltdown at the moment, due to circumstances which affect mature bookselling markets across the globe.   Read more

Has Rushdie's knighthood sparked off a new terrorist campaign?

2 July 2007

In the UK it's been a week when major news stories crowded each other off the front pages. Pictures of appalling floods jostled with the coverage of the new prime minister and the fresh faces in his cabinet for space in the media, only to be replaced this weekend by grim news of terrorist attacks.   Read more