The Bookseller – at the Heart of Publishing
The Bookseller has been the leading business magazine for the book industry since 1858; incorporating the even earlier Bent's Literary Advertiser, established in 1802. It is one of the longest-standing magazines in the UK and has reported on every key trade event from the launch of George Eliot's Mill on Floss in 1860, to an interview with an as yet-unknown JK Rowling's in 1997, to the demise of the Net Book Agreement in 1995, which paved the way for the price-cutting of today's Amazon-dominated market.
In print form, The Bookseller is a weekly source of incisive, objective industry news and analysis, reaching all major bookshops and publishers in the UK and in nearly 100 countries worldwide. The magazine was re-designed in November 2013 with a focus on getting behind the news headlines and exploring the key strategic issues for the book trade. On top of business news and analysis, The Bookseller has a key role in providing preview coverage of books some three months prior to publication. As well as being key competitive intelligence for publishers, this performs an invaluable role in deciding which titles bookshops and libraries should stock. The quality of The Bookseller's judgment means that it used by the National Press as a primary source for deciding which books to review and by Literary Festivals for deciding which authors to book for talks.
The magazine includes the official UK Top 50 chart of best-selling books, produced by a dedicated charts editor from data supplied by Nielsen BookScan. Other charts include best-selling children's books and independent bookshop top-sellers. In July 2013, The Bookseller launched a new, exclusive, monthly, Top 50 e-book ranking. Based on figures supplied by all of the major UK publishers, it is the primary ranking of best-selling e-books outside of the self-publishing and free e-book sectors.
The Bookseller's author interview programme has two streams: first, a focus on less established writers, whom the trade is unlikely to know, such as Eleanor Catton, prior to her Man Booker success and Eowyn Ivey and second, the first mainstream interview with some of our best-known authors including Neil Gaiman, Jonathan Coe and Adele Parks.
The Bookseller magazine is only available on subscription and large parts of the website are only available to subscribers via a ‘paywall’. Subscribers include all the main publishers, bookshops, buyers for supermarkets & the main e-tailers, agents and libraries as well as many professional authors and literary festivals. Most major publishers have site-wide licences allowing all staff to have access to the magazine in print and/or digital formats. To subscribe contact 01371 851 879, email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to www.thebookseller.com/subscribe.
The Bookseller's website, thebookseller.com, is the leading news and jobs website for the book business. Boasting an average of over 150,000 unique users every month, it is the first to break stories for the subscriber base and has the widest and most comprehensive news coverage of any web or email service based in the UK.
Alongside the main news channels, the site has a dedicated books intelligence service (beta) providing comprehensive books coverage and data including all previews published by The Bookseller, key media tie-ins, exclusive author interviews, other media's book reviews and charts.
The jobs site has the most comprehensive listing of vacancies in the UK market and is the recognised recruitment medium of choice.
The Bookseller's main Twitter account @thebookseller has over 80,000 followers and every day, its Morning Briefing email newsletter reaches over 23,000. The weekly jobs email reaches 17,500 and First Edition, the weekly book-specific newsletter 22,000.
Through Futurebook, The Bookseller runs the most active community for the digital publishing part of the market with market-leading conferences and the specialist blog at futurebook.net. The weekly Futurebook email reaches 14,000 and @thefuturebook has 25,000 followers on Twitter.
Futurebook is Europe's leading publishing conference focusing on digital part of the business. Held in London's Queen Elizabeth Conference Centre it boast speakers and delegates from all of the UK’s main publishing houses, agents and technology companies (November).
The Futurebook Innovation Awards are held alongside the Futurebook conference. They are the only dedicated, UK-based, awards scheme to recognise and rewards digital innovation in the UK and overseas.
The Futurebook Innovation Workshop is a half-day conference spun off from the main Futurebook. It concentrates on emerging digital publishing technologies and trends from other digital entertainment markets (July)
As well as the magazine and this website, The Bookseller runs five annual conferences:
- Futurebook (November) and The Future Book Innovation Workshop (July)
- The Marketing & Publicity Conference is the only dedicated conference for all those dealing with the new challenges in publishing, such as Customer Insight and marketing direct to the end-consumer (July)
- The Design Workshop aims to give designers and editors inspiration from their peers and from design trends outside of publishing (July)
- The Children's Books Conference is a key annual date for those in the vibrant children’s publishing sector covering both physical books and the new opportunities for exploiting IP in apps, TV and licensing (September)
The Bookseller Industry Awards was formed by the merger of the British Book Awards, or ‘Trade Nibbies’, and The Bookseller Retail Awards. It is the leading pan-industry awards scheme and the main arbiter of book trade success. The Awards are held each May in Central London and include categories such as Publisher of the Year and Best Independent Bookshop. Winning a Bookseller Industry Awards is the ultimate accolade in the publishing and bookselling business.
The Futurebook Innovation Awards are held alongside the Futurebook conference.
We Love This Book
We Love This Bookis a consumer-facing extension of The Bookseller. Based around a weekly email newsletter and website welovethisbook.com, its is packed with book reviews, author interviews, ‘booky’ features and Desert Island Books – capturing public figures’ favourite books and featuring Tony Blair, Sebastian Barry, Fay Weldon and Jeremy Paxman amongst others.
Each week, We Love This Book publishes an email newsletter with Essential Reading for the weekend. The newsletter goes to over 23,000 book lovers with the Twitter following at @welovethisbook on over 17,500.
The Bookseller and all its associated activities is owned by Bookseller Media Limited, a private UK company formed at the time of the Management Buyout from Nielsen. It has 27 staff, based in offices in Southwark, London SE1 and is owned and run by publisher & chief executive, Nigel Roby.