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Fri Oct 5, 2012, 11:35 AM

Canongate: 'frustrating' 2011 blamed on Assange

05.10.12 | Joshua Farrington

Canongate has described 2011 as a "mixed and ultimately frustrating year", with the company posting an operating loss that it blamed on Julian Assange. Nevertheless, thanks to the sale of Text Publishing in Australia, Canongate ended the year in the black, and with an improved cash pile. The company also noted that its e-book sales grew 200%.

Canongate's turnover in 2011 was 10.8m, a decline of around 19% on 2010's turnover of 13.4m. It reported an operating loss of 406,633, though including the profit returned by trading at Text, this reduced to 368,467. Last year the company reported an operating profit of 1.1m. Pretax profits were boosted by the sale of Text, leading to a profit of 319,348. This was down 70% from 1.06m in 2010.

The failure of the Wikileaks founder to deliver a book as promised was credited for the poor performance in the bottom line. Chairman Sir Christopher Bland said the loss "was largely attributable to Julian Assange's failure to deliver the book he had contracted to produce, and we were unable to obtain repayment from him of Canongate's substantial advance, which had to be written off".

Canongate published Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autobiography in September 2011, after Assange backed out of publication of an authorised work, declaring "All memoir is prostitution". The publisher said on release: "It fulfils the promise of the original proposal and we are proud to publish it" ...

http://www.thebookseller.com/news/canongate-frustrating-2011-blamed-assange.html

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Fri Oct 5, 2012, 11:37 AM

1. Canongate Books blames Assange for loss

... It said it had published some very good books but lost a "significant amount of money on one title".

According to the publishers, Mr Assange signed a contract with Canongate Books to write a book "part memoir, part manifesto" but "after sitting with a ghost writer for more than 50 hours of taped interviews, he decided he wanted to cancel the contract".

Canongate went ahead and published Julian Assange: The Unauthorised Autobiography but sales were poor ...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business-19841184

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