Mon, 30/06/2014 - 09:40
Crime novelist Val McDermid has said she would not be able to build a career as a writer today, because publishers would not support her after low-selling early books.
Speaking at an event to mark the opening of the new Foyles flagship store yesterday (29th June), McDermid said publishers would not take a risk in the same way as they...
Mon, 30/06/2014 - 09:20
An organisation dedicated to preserving Japan’s bookshops has launched a trial service where gift cards for e-book downloads can be purchased at selected outlets across the country.
The idea is to get regular print readers to try digital books in a country where e-book adoption has been particularly slow.
Wed, 25/06/2014 - 09:50
Amazon has responded to a complaint made against it by German trade association the Börsenverein, saying the allegation that it is delaying shipments to customers is “not true” and that Swedish-owned Bonnier has asked it to “pay significantly more” for selling an e-book than a physical book.
Tue, 24/06/2014 - 09:10
The full line-up for this year’s Bookseller Marketing and Publicity conference has been announced, with speakers including YouTube’s Jessica Elvidge and Buzzfeed’s Daniel Dalton.
The conference, which takes place two weeks today on 8th July,...
Tue, 24/06/2014 - 08:30
Amazon.com Inc and Warner Bros are close to resolving a pricing dispute, with Amazon resuming pre-orders on movie discs from Time Warner Inc’s Warner Bros studio, the Wall Street Journal has reported....
Mon, 23/06/2014 - 10:00
Amazon is demanding Hachette Book Group (HBG) pay for services including pre-order buttons, personalised recommendations and a dedicated employee at the retailer for Hachette books, it has been reported.
The two companies are currently negotiating new terms, and their stand off, which first emerged nearly two months ago, has resulted...
Mon, 23/06/2014 - 08:50
Spanish police have arrested three people on suspicion of illegally scanning and then publishing books on a massive scale, a police statement yesterday (Sunday 22nd) revealed.
According to the Associated Press...
Thu, 19/06/2014 - 16:31
The editorial board of a journal has withdrawn its threat to resign en masse over a censorship row, following a public apology from the publisher involved in the dispute.
Editors of the journal Prometheus: Critical Studies in Innovation...
Wed, 18/06/2014 - 09:30
Amazon is expected to unveil its first mobile smartphone product later today (18th June.)
Speculation has been rife about the product for the last few months, with rumours suggesting the phone will measure 4.7 inches diagonally and have comparatively low pixel density, featuring 720p HD resolution –lower than many rival devices...
Mon, 16/06/2014 - 09:00
The Muswell Hill Children’s Bookshop is being put up for sale.
The shop has been run by the Agnew family since 1994, when it was bought by Lesley and John Agnew. Daughter Kate Agnew took over the running of the shop in 2010.
She said the shop was “thriving”, but is being sold for family reasons. She added:...