Thu, 16/07/2009 - 07:32
The Booksellers Association has warned that booksellers still face challenges from increasing rates, following a report suggesting rents would fall by 23% by the end of 2010.
Property company Colliers Cre said the retail sector's value had slumped from a peak of £93bn in 2006 to a predicted £48bn by the end of 2009....
Thu, 04/06/2009 - 10:06
Less truly was more at the Booksellers Association (BA) Conference this year. Shorter, sharper, brisker, snappier—and very much the better for it.
Yet it was not, of course, the BA Conference. After last year's rumpus over flabby content at Brighton, and the near-revolt at the very idea of Gateshead, the event has been...
Wed, 03/06/2009 - 15:16
Exploring how best to use the cross-industry "bookaholic" concept, including determining a launch date, defining its creative guidelines and how to widen its reach, are among the immediate challenges facing the Booksellers Association and Publishers Association.
The concept was revealed to delegates at the BA Conference...
Wed, 03/06/2009 - 08:05
Backlist promotions which would work across the industry, an academy to foster creativity by bringing young booksellers and editors together, and a rebrand of World Book Day to embrace new media were among the proposals put forward in an industry debate held yesterday on the second day of the Book Industry Conference.
Tue, 02/06/2009 - 15:47
Publishers and retailers are feeding back the output from the working groups held this morning. Each looked at individual issues facing the industry from pricing to format. My colleague Benedicte Page is reporting on it fully but I have gathered together some brief highlights from each speech (scroll down for earlier presentations: note these...
Tue, 02/06/2009 - 13:22
The concept of "bookaholism" has been unveiled as the new cross industry initiative at this year's Book Industry Conference. Marketing consultant Damian Horner told delegates at the conference in Cambridge that the campaign was at a "very early stage" and played down expectations that it could have an immediate effect on...
Tue, 02/06/2009 - 11:09
Gail Rebuck has won the Gerry Davies award for outstanding services to bookselling. The award was presented today (2nd June) to Random House's chair and chief executive at the Book Industry Conference.
Rebuck won the award for her work around World Book Day and Quick Reads. Rebuck said at conference: "It [the award] belongs to...
Tue, 02/06/2009 - 07:58
Indie publishers Canongate and Atlantic were the big winners at the British Book Industy Awards, held last night (1st June) during this year’s Booksellers Industry Conference. W H Smith picked up the chain of the year gong, while The Hungerford Bookshop was indie of the year.
Canongate picked up Publisher of the Year, with the...
Tue, 02/06/2009 - 07:56
Book buyers will become even more cost conscious, technologically savvy and increasingly browse and shop online in the coming year.
Those were three of the chief findings of The Bookseller's second annual "Reading the Future" survey, presented at the Book Industry conference by report author William Higham, founder...
Mon, 01/06/2009 - 16:23
Rough notes on day one of the BA conference - sorry Book Industry Conference - and already a very different feel to last years' Brighton jaunt: smaller, tighter, more focused.
Damian Horner's fingerprints are all over the new look, and no bad thing. After the traditional openers from the PA and BA big chiefs - Graham Rand and Ian...