Tue, 18/05/2010 - 10:20
The chief executive of Hachette would back price regulation to stop retailers selling books below cost price, delegates at the Book Industry Conference were told yesterday (17th May).
Tim Hely Hutchinson, who was one of the supporters of the abolition of the Net Book Agreement in the 1990s, said while he was "in my bones, a free...
Tue, 18/05/2010 - 09:31
Supermarkets did not raise discounts on books as deeply as other retailers in 2009, a year in which the book market gave away £585m, delegates were told at the Book Industry conference.
Data from Nielsen BookScan showed that supermarkets gave consumers an additional 6.5% discount in 2009 but the wider market increased discounting...
Tue, 18/05/2010 - 09:30
Almost half of UK consumers use the internet to buy books, with four out of five checking online before purchasing, delegates were told at the Book Industry Conference.
Julie Meynink, business development director at Nielsen BookScan, said a Nielsen Homescan survey found: "The most popular activities on the internet are email,...
Sun, 28/02/2010 - 13:58
The new-look Bookseller Industry Awards, formed by the merger of The Bookseller’s Retail Awards with the British Book Industry Awards, a.k.a. the Trade Nibbies, are launched this week, with new judges and categories.
The awards will be presented at the Royal Courts of Justice in London on 17th May, the middle night of this year...
Sun, 21/02/2010 - 08:40
Dominic Myers, Waterstone's new managing director, will give his first address to the book trade at this year's Book Industry Conference.
Myers, alongside Tim Hely Hutchinson, c.e.o. of Hachette UK, Toby Mundy, c.e.o. of Atlantic, and Nic Bottomley of Mr B's Emporium of Reading Delights, will form a panel delivering a state...
Wed, 19/08/2009 - 08:12
The Booksellers and Publishers Associations will "definitely" progress the Bookaholism idea first mooted at this year's Book Industry Conference, as well as a number of other initiatives generated by the event. These include developing new promotions on backlist, an "Antiques Roadshow" for books, joint lobbying for the...
Thu, 04/06/2009 - 10:06
Less truly was more at the Booksellers Association (BA) Conference this year. Shorter, sharper, brisker, snappier—and very much the better for it.
Yet it was not, of course, the BA Conference. After last year's rumpus over flabby content at Brighton, and the near-revolt at the very idea of Gateshead, the event has been...
Tue, 02/06/2009 - 15:47
Publishers and retailers are feeding back the output from the working groups held this morning. Each looked at individual issues facing the industry from pricing to format. My colleague Benedicte Page is reporting on it fully but I have gathered together some brief highlights from each speech (scroll down for earlier presentations: note these...
Tue, 02/06/2009 - 14:29
High marks should go to Jo Henry of Publishing News Ltd for organising last night's trade Nibbies, which had the same to-the-point, efficient feel of the rest of the stripped-down Book Industry Conference.
Shortlists were announced three at a time and "The Now Show" trio of Steve Punt, Hugh Dennis and Jon Holmes kept things...
Tue, 02/06/2009 - 07:56
Book buyers will become even more cost conscious, technologically savvy and increasingly browse and shop online in the coming year.
Those were three of the chief findings of The Bookseller's second annual "Reading the Future" survey, presented at the Book Industry conference by report author William Higham, founder...