Publishing News [Global]

HarperCollins Publishers has acquired World English rights to Dragon Teeth, written by bestselling author Michael Crichton, popularly known as author of Jurassic Park. The book will be published in May 2017 in the U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, New Zealand and India.

Other bestsellers from Michael Crichton (1942-2008) include The Andromeda Strain (1969), The Great Train Robbery, Congo, Sphere, Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure, Airframe, Timeline, Prey, State of Fear and Next, to name a few.

John Wiley & Sons announces the signing of a definitive agreement to acquire Atypon, a $120 million publishing company based in Silicon Valley. Atypon is a technology partner that enables scholarly societies and publishers to deliver, host, enhance, market and manage their content on the web. The transaction between the two publishing majors is expected to close on October 01, 2016. Mark Allin, president and CEO of Wiley says Atypon offers an outstanding set of publishing solutions that can help industry participants like Wiley drive the discovery of research.

Ingram Content Group, through Ingram Publisher Services, has launched Ingram Academic Services, a service customized for university presses and academic publishers. This is the first joint initiative following Ingram’s acquisition of Perseus’ distribution businesses. Ingram Academic Services combines global reach and distribution operational excellence with deep publishing and marketplace expertise, all tailored for university presses and academic publishers.

The longlist, or ‘Man Booker Dozen’, for the £50,000 Man Booker Prize is out. This year’s longlist of 13 books was selected by a panel of five judges: Amanda Foreman (Chair); Jon Day; Abdulrazak Gurnah; David Harsent and Olivia Williams. It was chosen from 155 submissions published.

The much-anticipated book Harry Potter and the Cursed Child¸ the latest from the pen of JK Rowling has become the top pre-order book for both Amazon and Barnes & Noble. The book was released on July 31, birthday of Harry Potter and Rowling.