Mon, 07/04/2014 - 09:50
Amazon’s self-publishing platform CreateSpace (CS) has had an exponential rise in print sales this year, effectively becoming the UK’s 30th-largest print publisher.
CS has sold 149,993 units for just over £1.14m through Nielsen BookScan UK in the first quarter of 2014, a 127% rise in value terms on Q1 2013. It...
Tue, 01/04/2014 - 15:48
Amazon is to open a bookstore selling physical books on the International Space Station (ISS).
NASA announced the historic agreement in Houston this morning. The shop, which is expected to open in time for the busy summer season on the ISS – when international crews come and go every 50 days – will stock around 2,000...
Fri, 28/03/2014 - 16:47
There is an old Soviet-era joke that the Lubyanka, the KGB headquarters, was the tallest building in Moscow because from the basement you could see all the way to Siberia.
In a similar way, the loudest part of the conversation around Amazon’s plans for publishing in the UK is the deafening silence from it about anything its...
Fri, 28/03/2014 - 14:26
Kobo has said that it is not withdrawing from the US market despite an intensification of price competition among e-book vendors since the demise of the original agency agreements.
Last week Kobo petitioned Canada's Competitions tribunal to stay the implementation of new agency-lite agreements in Canada, claiming that the new...
Fri, 28/03/2014 - 10:00
The arrival of blinkbox books, Tesco’s e-book site which launched this week (25th March), has been welcomed by publishers, with analysts giving it the “best chance yet” of breaking Amazon’s e-book market monopoly.
Wed, 26/03/2014 - 09:50
Tesco’s e-book platform blinkbox books launched yesterday (25th March).
The website sells hundreds of thousands of titles from a variety of publishers, which ranges from frontlist to backlist.
The price offer roughly follows that of physical books in Tesco stores, with...
Tue, 25/03/2014 - 09:10
Amazon has been given the option of acquiring a 4.2% stake in delivery firm Yodel.
The company has struck a deal with the Barclay brothers, owners of Yodel, the Ritz hotel and the Telegraph newspaper titles, according to accounts seen by...
Mon, 24/03/2014 - 09:50
The UK chancellor George Osborne has confirmed that e-books will be taxed from the consumer’s European member state from 1st January 2015.
A little-noticed section of last week's budget announcement confirmed that from the start of next year, e-books and other e-services including broadcasting and...
Fri, 21/03/2014 - 12:45
With the Paris Book Fair opening today (21st March), the nation’s authors are once more up in arms.
A number of issues are causing alarm and despondency, according to the Permanent Council of Writers, which claims to represent tens of thousands of authors through its member organisations.
Exactly a year ago, authors...
Thu, 20/03/2014 - 09:50
Amazon Publishing plans to release more than 500 titles in the UK this year, the company's vice president Jeff Belle has said, in a memo to agents.
The 500 books mentioned in Belle’s memo are to include titles acquired by the UK business, “combined with US-acquired books which will be simultaneously published in the UK...