Being careful about the name of your company if you are about to join forces

Why picking a new name can be pure merger

When two companies join forces, there needs to be careful thought about what they’re going to call themselves, as Simon Usborne finds out

Murdoch's News Corp joins the battle to p-p-p-ick up Penguin

News Corporation is preparing to make a cash offer worth as much as £1bn for Pearson's Penguin Group, throwing plans to merge the major book publisher with rival Random House into disarray.

Penguin in merger talks with Random House

Two of the world's largest book publishers are in talks to create a new market leader designed to wrestle back leadership of the industry from the technology interlopers Apple and Amazon.

Publishers Random House and Penguin in merger talks

Two of the world's largest book publishers are in talks to create a new market leader designed to wrestle back leadership of the industry from the technology interlopers Apple and Amazon.

Sir David Jason to pen autobiography

Sir David Jason has signed a deal to publish his memoir after almost half a century in the entertainment world.

Landmarks of lubricity: Film adaptation of 'Fanny Hill'

Boyd Tonkin: Fifty Shades has topped all records - but rude books often lead the way

With straining limbs, tensed muscles and sweaty skin, toned bodies stretch and push towards the summits of physical endeavour, sometimes helped on by arcane technological aids but always urged towards their goal by an excited audience of millions. They break through the pain barrier and, after drawn-out minutes of suffering and constraint, hit that longed-for peak and collect the reward of a massive rush of endorphins. Yes, it's been a fabulous summer for EL James and Fifty Shades of Grey. I will leave it to the historians – or perhaps psychoanalysts – to tease out the connections between Olympic frenzy and the unstoppable popularity of James's SM trilogy. Every day, it seems, new records tumble.

Author E L James is looking to adapt her best-selling erotic novel, Fifty Shades of Grey, for the big screen

Fifty Shades is UK's best-selling book of all time

E L James' Fifty Shades of Grey has sold more than 5.3m copies making it the best-selling British book of all time, according to figures released by its publisher.

Robert Hughes: 'I don’t imagine that any book is completely free of mistakes'

Renowned art critic Robert Hughes, 74, dies

Renowned Australian art critic and historian Robert Hughes has died after a long illness. He was 74.

Jewell says: 'I'm proud of the fact that I've done very little - and hence have little to worry about - and I've still got somewhere'

Lisa Jewell: 'I married someone I didn’t love. I was too polite to say no'

My first book came about over a bet I had a drunken conversation with a friend about some day writing a book, and she said, "If you write me three chapters, I'll take you for dinner at your favourite restaurant." So I did [the resulting book, Ralph's Party, was the biggest-selling debut novel of 1999], and she made me send it out to agents. When one of those agents liked it and told me Penguin wanted to pay me £120,000 to write my first two books, I thought everyone had gone mad.

Winning formula: E.L. James's soft-porn saga has broken sales records

'Fifty Shades' author greeted by sobbing fans at Comic-Con

Lola De La Cruz cried when she met author E L James. The 29-year-old fan had waited since 4am to accomplish the number one thing on her Comic-Con to-do list - meet the writer of "Fifty Shades of Grey" - and 12 hours later, she got her chance.

Mills & Boon re-release erotic works to cash in on Fifty Shades of Grey 'revolution'

Fifty Shades of Grey has sparked a “revolution” in women’s reading habits according to the romance literature giants Mills & Boon, and the subsequent surge in sales has prompted them to re-release some of their most erotic works.

Surprise US success for Briton

A little-known British author has topped the New York Times bestseller list with an erotic novel described in the US as "mommy porn".

Salma Hayek

Screen Talk: Prophet motive

Salma Hayek, whose résumé includes roles in movies From Dusk Till Dawn, Wild Wild West and Frida as well as regular character outings in TV series Ugly Betty and 30 Rock, is also an accomplished producer.

A book can be judged by its cover

With e-books threatening the future of the paper version, Nick Duerden speaks to five jacket designers helping to keep the old format alive
Dickson Wright says: 'I have an explosive temper That Krakatoa strata is still in my make-up'

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