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...
Thu, 13/02/2014 - 16:22
What do the following have in common: The Gruffalo, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Guess How Much I Love You, Where’s Spot, The Snowman and Elmer? They are among the most loved and most successful picture books of the past 50 years. But they also all feature a main character that is...
Tue, 21/01/2014 - 08:40
The Family Bookshop in Thatcham, near Newbury in Berkshire, is set to close after nearly 16 years of trade.
The shop is currently holding a closing down sale and plans to close its doors for good on 28th February.
Stephen Walker, owner of The Family Bookshop, attributed the shop’s closure to customers increasingly...
Mon, 20/01/2014 - 12:20
After three years in a row of declining sales, German book retailers ended 2013 on a more positive note. A small increase in sales (of 0.6%) over the Christmas period was enough to bring the whole year back into the black, albeit by the smallest margin.
According to the trade paper Buchreport, sales of bricks-and-mortar...
Tue, 07/01/2014 - 11:50
When I told friends I was opening a bookstore in Austin, Texas, some predicted my financial ruin while others suggested I was having a (slightly belated) midlife crisis. But I had no desire to buy a Harley Davidson or take up Tai Chi: I just wanted to sell books. Specifically, I wanted to sell the many strange, brilliant, shocking, and...
Fri, 29/11/2013 - 08:52
The Chapitre chain of bookshops has filed for bankruptcy with the Paris commercial court.
The court will examine the case on Monday (2nd December), which had been set as the deadline for buyers to submit bids for the 53 of the 57 outlets still up for sale. The Chapitre.com site is not concerned by the latest move.