• Thu, 11/09/2014 - 17:43

    As we stand on the cusp of another huge autumn selling season for our trade, I am optimistic, albeit cautiously, for the future. This year, I am honoured to be able to build on the legacy of Books Are My Bag and there are some really exciting plans for BAMB in October. We want to highlight that books are more than just consumer products, they...

  • Mon, 08/09/2014 - 17:27

    In a “Newsnight” interview thriller writer Lee Child conducted in the middle of August, the bestselling author—and current UK Top 50 number one—was challenged about his view that the e-book market was flattening out.

    “The verdict is in,“ Child said, “the Kindle is so 2012”. Presenter...

  • Tue, 02/09/2014 - 11:38

    What did you do this summer? I spent some of it with a cyborg cockroach.  Not to mention some computing devices constructed entirely of Lego, a Nobel Prize-winning cosmologist, the head of the European Human Brain Project, the director of the NASA Ames Research Center, a group of scientists searching for extrasolar life, another group...

  • Mon, 01/09/2014 - 11:45

    My autobiography, Strictly Ann, was in The Times bestseller lists when I told my editor, Alan Samson of Orion, that I was writing a detective novel. He responded enthusiastically but these days it is the sales team which seems to decide the merits of a book and the Orion sales department thought that, having published four...

  • Wed, 27/08/2014 - 16:16

    As I sit to write this, I am surrounded by paints and pencils, text books and picture books, drawings and essay notes; in many ways, this jumbled clutter is a fairly accurate representation of me, my academic life in particular.

    Before studying for my MA in Publishing at Plymouth Univesity, I earned an undergraduate degree in...

  • Wed, 27/08/2014 - 16:06

    Given the “perfect storm” that has engulfed UK bookshops in the past 20 years, we should be a good deal more surprised by how many shops have survived—and opened—than by how many have closed.

    We hardly need reminding of every challenge that has emerged to feel their restraint in aggregate, particularly for...

  • Wed, 27/08/2014 - 15:56

    Publicity and marketing departments are being crunched with demands from all sides to generate sales, secure columns, tweet all night and run sell-out events. The nature of the job has completely changed. Once, an outdoor campaign would run itself for a fortnight. Now, content plans cover the pre-publication weeks and the post-publication...

  • Fri, 22/08/2014 - 15:00

    If we are learning anything from the Amazon/Hachette spat, it is about how divided the global community of authors (inasmuch as there is such a thing) has become. The schism is between the comparatively tiny percentage of successful, published “legacy” authors (Authors United) and the great, largely submerged rump of  “...

  • Fri, 15/08/2014 - 13:32

    There is a common perception in the book business that the trade has had a soft transition to digital. An equally common perception outside of the business is that we are all just about to drown in it. As the veteran FT columnist John Kay wrote this week, “publishers are ill-placed for the new environment”, and while “some...

  • Thu, 07/08/2014 - 16:58

    The moment a regular customer switches from prefacing reading queries for their child with “she/he is an awfully advanced reader” to “is the content age appropriate?”, I know that little Hermione or Harry is ready to make the leap from children’s reading to Young Adult.

    Here at West End Lane Books in...

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