Fri, 11/04/2014 - 13:29
TV presenter and author Michael Palin has come out in support of independent bookshops, saying that they are “a way of bringing people together” and represent “the heart of community life”.
This week, the Monty Python star announced the latest volume of his diaries, Travelling to Work: Diaries 1988–...
Thu, 03/04/2014 - 17:28
Two businessmen have bought the freehold of Marlborough's only bookshop in order to keep it running.
Robert Hiscox, former deputy chairman of Lloyd's of London and honorary president of Hiscox Insurance, and Brian Kingham, founder and group executive chairman of Reliance Securities Group, have bought the freehold of The White...
Fri, 21/03/2014 - 09:30
Libraries and bookshops are discussing ways they can work together to help each other survive the current challenging climate.
The Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) and the Booksellers Association are holding meetings to see if libraries and bookshops can collaborate to tackle a tough environment in which both are facing closure on a...
Tue, 18/03/2014 - 14:21
Following on from the depressing coverage of the latest inevitable and utterly predictable fall in indie bookseller numbers, to below 1,000 for the first time, I was sad to see that the Welwyn Garden City indie bookshop had recently closed.
Fri, 14/03/2014 - 09:00
Twenty Polare branches in the Netherlands have been reopened by administrator Kees van de Meent, just six weeks after owner ProCures “temporarily” closed them and started insolvency procedures.
However, it is unlikely that the chain will be sold as a going concern, not least because Centraal Boekhuis (CB), the main...
Thu, 06/03/2014 - 15:44
Blackwell’s has begun a teaser campaign targeting key figures in the trade with an enigmatic message.
The chief executives of academic publishing houses as well as other industry figures received an email earlier today (6th March) with a cryptic image (pictured) containing the numbers 080414.
Fri, 28/02/2014 - 09:50
Thirty-eight stores earned a spot on the regional shortlists and are in the running to be The Bookseller’s Independent Bookshop of the Year, sponsored by Gardners, including defending champion, the Wirral’s Linghams Bookshop, and 2012’s winner, The Mainstreet Trading Company from St Boswells in the Scottish Borders....
Mon, 24/02/2014 - 15:25
This week’s issue of The Bookseller is dedicated to those twinned physical spaces where we discover books—libraries and bookshops. What happens to these book rooms in the short term will dictate the future direction of the publishing business for decades to come.
The challenge around libraries has become acute...
Mon, 24/02/2014 - 08:42
The number of independent bookshops in the UK has fallen below 1,000 for the first time since records began. According to the Booksellers Association’s annual membership figures, 67 indies closed in 2013 and 26 opened, leaving the overall number of indies on the high street at 987, down from 1,028 in February 2013.
Fri, 14/02/2014 - 08:50
Bookshops are embracing the close ties between romance and books to entice customers into shops for Valentine’s Day.
Retailers are keen to maximise the potential sales opportunity of the calendar event today (14th February) following a quiet trading period in January.
In the spirit of the romantic occasion, Foyles is...