• Mon, 01/06/2009 - 11:15

    Blackwell's Sharon Murray has been elected the new president of the Booksellers Association.

    She was appointed at the trade body's annual general meeting, which was held this morning at the Book Industry Conference in Cambridge. Philip Downer, c.e.o. of Borders, and Jane Streeter, who owns the independent bookshop The Bookcase in...

  • Mon, 01/06/2009 - 11:10

    The book industry needs to work together to increase book sales and avoid the effects of an "exceedingly tough" retail market, the outgoing BA president has claimed.

    Graham Rand told delegates at the Book Industry Conference in Cambridge that the trade needed to unite to promote the pan-industry marketing initiative, which will...

  • Mon, 01/06/2009 - 08:18

    As Toby Blackwell reminds us in an interview in this week's Bookseller, the idea of a collaborative event held for the benefit of the opposing book trade forces, publishers and booksellers, is not that unusual. In 1934, a joint BA/PA conference...

  • Thu, 28/05/2009 - 15:37

    The book trade gathers near Cambridge next week to debate the state of our industry and to find a strategy for coping and growing in these turbulent times. Arguably, never has that been more necessary. The Nielsen figures for 2007/08 show a decline, albeit a small one.

    The 2008/09 figures show another decline but again a very small one....

  • Thu, 14/05/2009 - 15:10

    Twitter, blogs and online communities . . . it is almost boring how much the world goes on about the importance of these mediums. What makes them special is their role in allowing us to follow the thoughts of others and share our own ideas. In the old days there used to be another way of doing this. It was called a conference. Unfortunately,...

  • Thu, 02/04/2009 - 14:57

    Independent booksellers have criticised the Booksellers Association (BA) for launching its electronic gift card scheme during the recession—but the BA has hit back saying it is "the right thing" to do.

    Despite the equipment being provided for free from National Book Tokens—part of the BA—indies are critical of...

  • Fri, 30/01/2009 - 09:06

    Independents had a difficult 2008 with more than one shop closing a week amid tough trading conditions, figures from the Booksellers Association have revealed.

    There are 17 fewer independents trading this year compared to last, with 83 stores closing and 66 opening throughout the year. This is the biggest decline in numbers since 2006...

  • Fri, 23/01/2009 - 14:52

    Bookshops will be able to receive tailor-made marketing material and promotions from publishers under a new web-based scheme launched by the Booksellers Association.

    Batchconnect.com launched this week and is free to Booksellers Association and Society of Authors members. Associates of the Publishers Association and Independent...

  • Wed, 21/01/2009 - 15:45

    Hodder group sales director Lucy Hale and Faber sales and marketing director Will Atkinson have joined the Independent Booksellers Week’s working party.

    The week-long series of events, which was organised by the Booksellers Association and launched last year, will be held in 2009 from the 15th-22nd June.

    The BA is...

  • Thu, 04/12/2008 - 13:55

    The Booksellers Association has readily admitted that its new report comparing the UK trade to other markets might not necessarily reveal anything the industry did not already know or suspect.

    Even so, the report, Bookselling: International Market Comparisons, A Benchmark Study of Profitability which was released on 21st November, makes...

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