Marvel comes to Madefire.
Reprints and new jackets for the Nobel Prize winner.
Faber profits soar.


Marvel comes to Madefire
One of the most exciting aspects of the Global New Renaissance is the way publishers are innovating, breaking new ground in digital techniques as they endeavour to connect with readers beyond the inked page of yesteryear.

In the world of comics Madefire is perhaps best known for its groundbreaking Motion Books, but is in the news this week thanks to a new deal that brings the comic book titan Marvel’s collection to the Madefire app.
Read the usual niceties in the press release, or head over to Good Ereader where Michael Kozlowski says, “MadeFire is a digital pioneer in motion book comics and their big selling point is immersion. The vast majority of their library has animations and full fledged soundtracks. They are now appearing on the radar of big publishers because they have a bigger reach than Comixology. ”

Reprints and new jackets for the Nobel Prize winner
Publishers Weekly reports that, following Kazuo Ishiguro winning the Nobel Prize for literature this week, Knopf will be reprinting 200,000 copies of various of Ishiguro’s backlist, complete with jackets emblazoned  with the Nobel prize seal.

So a nice windfall ahead for Ishiguro on top of the 9m kroner that comes with the prize itself.
Ishiguro himself has expressed concerns that the new bout of attention this win brings may distract him from his work. We certainly hope not, and look forward to many more books from him.

Faber profits soar
Faber CEO Stephen Page was dishing out superlatives like confetti after the year to March figures came in, reporting “a very successful year” and an “exceptional year” as Faber saw operating profit rise 80% year on year and turnover up 10%.

A TV tie-in edition of Louise Doughty’s Apple Tree Yard helped, selling just short of 100,000 copies (Nielsen Bookscan figures), and almost 80,000 sales of the Cost winner Days Without End also ratcheted up the profits for Faber.
Overall Faber saw fiction sales rise 19% and children’s sales up 6%.
Read more over at The Bookseller.