• Wed, 12/11/2008 - 11:00

    The UK Booksellers Association has slammed Google's provisional deal with US publishers to allow users to browse and buy millions of books online. The trade body warned that the arrangement could create "a de facto monopoly" and "have a hugely damaging effect on the publishing and bookselling industry" if adopted in the...

  • Thu, 30/10/2008 - 16:06

    The Booksellers Association and independent bookshops have shrugged off the latest gloomy figures about the wider retail market with a predicted "bullish" Christmas.

    Peter Donaldson, from the Red Lion Bookshop in Colchester, said: "If I didn't know the economy was collapsing around our ears, I wouldn't be able to...

  • Wed, 17/09/2008 - 13:41

    More than 75 bookseller delegates will attend the Booksellers Association’s Independent Booksellers Forum event this weekend at the University of Warwick.

    The two-day forum will feature a trade show by Gardners and a presentation from American independent bookseller Joel Sheldon, who owns Vromans Bookstore in Pasadena. He will...

  • Tue, 26/08/2008 - 14:08

    Twenty adult's and children's books have been picked by indies for the Booksellers Association's Independent Booksellers Book Prize 2008.

    Two shortlists, one for adults and one for children, were created according to votes cast by the independent members of the BA. Indies will be sent a point of sale pack next month...

  • Wed, 16/07/2008 - 14:31

    Publishers are being urged to adopt the epub format for digital files, following a recommendation made at the latest meeting of the BA/PA Liaison Group.

    The group described the file format as "a flexible consumer e-book file compatible across different devices". The BA and PA councils have been asked to back the recommendation...

  • Thu, 22/05/2008 - 15:03

    Publishers have expressed exasperation at the cost and content of this year's BA conference and British Book Industry Awards. Heads of publishing companies and retailers have privately expressed fears to The Bookseller that next year's conference in Newcastle could be poorly attended following what they saw as a lack of...

  • Thu, 15/05/2008 - 07:37

    Hachette Livre UK has said that discussions with retailers about firm sale on backlist are ongoing, after Booksellers Association president Graham Rand warned that changes should not be imposed on booksellers.

    During his presidential address at this year's BA conference, Rand said that co-operation on issues such as the environment...

  • 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...

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