Wed, 14/05/2008 - 15:56
It’s hard to be in a bad mood in Brighton when an early summer heatwave is turning the town into a little slice of the Med in Sussex. Perhaps it was nothing more than that that made this year’s BA conference a far less fractious affair than last year’s excursion to Harrogate, where there was a distinct rancorousness to the...
Wed, 14/05/2008 - 15:51
Digital and environmental issues prevailed at this year Booksellers Association conference in Brighton, with the mood of delegates clearly lightened by the hottest weather of the year so far.
In his address, BA president Graham Rand was perhaps not entirely full of sunny positivity about the state of the industry, but was content about...
Wed, 14/05/2008 - 12:54
It's the hottest evening of the year, and we're right by the glorious Brighton seafront. The perfect moment to don a thick black dinner jacket and head deep into the bowels of a conference hotel, cramming into a sweltering room lit by red stage lights. This was the inauspicious start to the 2008 British Book Industry Awards –but at least...
Wed, 14/05/2008 - 06:59
A stark warning of the consequences of global warming came from the former government chief scientific advisor Professor Sir David King at a BA session on greening the book trade. King revealed that carbon levels in the atmosphere had rocketed to the level they were at in the hotter world of three million years ago, and painted a picture of a...
Tue, 13/05/2008 - 12:46
Willie Anderson has been awarded the Gerry Davies award for services to bookselling. Announcing the award today at the BA Conference, BA president Graham Rand said Anderson was "someone who really cares about the people in the book industry".
Accepting the award, Anderson, who is stepping down as deputy chairman of academic...
Tue, 13/05/2008 - 12:45
The BA/PA Environmental Action Group launched a new website advising the book industry on environmental issues at the BA conference today (13th May).
The site, at www.green4books.org.uk, is part of the EAG's call to arms for the trade to reduce its overall...
Tue, 13/05/2008 - 08:32
We'll be updating this blog throughout the day with our thoughts about the latest talks, so keep checking back.
Neill Denny writes:
Second day at the BA Conference and the mood is being considerably helped by the beautiful sunny weather, matched at times by an optimistic mood in the hall. At other times,...
Tue, 13/05/2008 - 08:00
Putting a price offer on a book is the best inducement to get purchasers to buy it, according to a new report by Book Marketing Limited.
The report, presented at a BA conference session on consumer and social trends, found that respondents were most likely to be influenced to buy a book if it is on offer, with recommendation from friends...
Mon, 12/05/2008 - 14:53
Booksellers are "very concerned" about firm sale on backlist which they say could lead to them stocking - and selling - fewer books, according to Booksellers Association president Graham Rand.
In his presidential address to around 400 delegates at the BA conference in Brighton this morning (12th May), Rand said that cooperation...
Mon, 12/05/2008 - 14:52
Borders chairman Luke Johnson has said that he does not believe the new iLiad e-book reader represents an "iPod moment" for the book industry.
The reader went on sale in seven Borders stores on Saturday for £399. Borders has sold around 10 readers so far, according to c.e.o. Philip Downer, but in his keynote speech to...