Thu, 05/12/2013 - 15:09
Amazon founder and chief executive Jeff Bezos is fond of saying, “Amazon is not happening to bookselling. The future is happening to bookselling.”
He is quoted as saying it in Brad Stone’s book, The Everything...
Thu, 05/12/2013 - 14:59
Last week The Bookseller investigated diversity in publishing, and found that an imbalance remains in the trade’s top jobs.
There are fewer black, Asian and ethnic minority (BAME) workers in publishing than represented in the UK workforce as...
Tue, 03/12/2013 - 10:12
Back up 12 months and we are digesting the news that Dame Marjorie is stepping down at Pearson amid a wave of well-deserved praise for her achievements both as a c.e.o. and a woman at the summit of publishing.
Among reactions there are those regretting the loss of a high-profile woman of immense talent from such a position, but...
Tue, 03/12/2013 - 09:58
Jamal Edwards is a 23-year old Acton-born film-maker who went from filming grime and hip hop artists on estate corners to building a multi-million pound business. Without question Edwards is one of this country’s brightest, most...
Mon, 02/12/2013 - 11:10
I’ve spent the past couple of weekends in a recording studio with a dozen children, producing the voice audio for Nosy Crow’s next app, Jack and the Beanstalk. This isn’t a position I find myself in often, and the experience has become a bit like an annual trip to the dentist: a milestone that offers a handy...
Thu, 28/11/2013 - 16:01
There was a sobering moment at last week’s publishing conference, FutureBook 2013, after I tweeted a picture of the eight speakers for the “Big Ideas” session.
As Random House’s Charlotte Bush put it on Twitter: “Big Ideas session #fbook13 and a grand total of one woman on a panel of nine. We’ve...
Tue, 26/11/2013 - 16:31
A quarter of a century ago, sports books were very much the poor relations of the literary world.
It isn’t that they weren’t being published. But the ones that were would generally follow a template. They’d be about a big name player reaching the end of usually, his, sometimes her, career. They’d provide...
Tue, 26/11/2013 - 16:11
The level of cuts facing the public library service is likely to increase beyond April 2014.
This was the conclusion of a series of meetings between library campaigners, politicians and chief librarians.
While the need for more effective advocacy and positive messages about the value of libraries was highlighted, it was...
Tue, 26/11/2013 - 12:28
One of the most interesting readjustments in going from buying for a multi-million-pound chain bookseller to an independent is perspective and, in particular, price.
I have just had one of my rep days and I was really surprised at some of the price hikes in children’s categories.
The books are still wonderfully varied...
Tue, 26/11/2013 - 11:32
In this week’s lead interview, Orion chief executive David Young highlights a growing ssue for publishers: how to shout about what they do without being seen to undermine writers.
A publisher’s job is to broadcast the work of others, not their own skills in “publishing” those titles.