Wed, 22/05/2013 - 08:30
Children's publisher Barefoot Books has said it has terminated its relationship with Amazon in the UK and the US, declaring the way the retailer does business "undermines" Barefoot's approach.
Barefoot Books' co-founder and c.e.o. Nancy Traversy [pictured right with co-founder Tessa Strickland] highlighted the...
Thu, 16/05/2013 - 09:00
Trade publishing in the US grew by nearly 7% in 2012, according to data from BookStats, a statistics programme compiled by the Association of American Publishers and Book Industry Study Group.
Sales were up 6.9% to $15.1bn, with unit growth up 8.1% across the year, while total industry sales fell by just under 1% to $27.1bn, mainly...
Fri, 12/04/2013 - 09:23
A new-era HMV will continue to sell books, restructuring company Hilco has confirmed.
Former Waterstones employee Michael Neil will also remain as the chain’s commercial director.
Hilco announced last week (5th April) that it had bought 141 of the 230 HMV stores, including 25 previously earmarked for closure, in a deal...
Tue, 05/02/2013 - 08:50
Former Borders’ boss Philip Downer said his new shop Calliope Gifts had “exceeded expectations” on first day of opening.
Downer opened the 1,000 sq ft gift shop with business partner and former Borders colleague Andy Adamson yesterday (4th February) in Dorking’s St Martin’s Walk shopping centre, to catch...
Tue, 31/07/2012 - 16:54
The Borders name will soon be retired as the Pearson Group looks to rebrand the remaining online store under their Bookworld banner.
Despite Borders stores disappearing from the UK and USA, the name had continued in Australia as an online e-book store, but will soon be replaced, according to reports in...
Mon, 21/05/2012 - 16:33
Last week, I gave a presentation to the World E-Reading Congress, when I suggested that failure to diversify the distribution of book content away from Amazon and Apple would lead to walled gardens becoming super-fortresses. Today's news builds those walls...
Thu, 13/10/2011 - 10:03
In 2000, my old company, Borders Group, signed a deal with Amazon.com, which ceded responsibility for online fulfilment to the upstart dotcom.
As I said in my presentation at the Tools of Change conference on Tuesday: “It kind of made sense at the time.” Borders had lost tens of millions of dollars in online fulfilment,...
Fri, 22/07/2011 - 09:37
Books-A-Million has bid for up to 35 US Borders stores in a last-minute offer to try and save part of the 40-year-old bookseller.
The chain, which also runs stores under the names Books & Co, Bookland and Joe Muggs Newsstands, offered to buy 21 Borders superstores and nine smaller ones which could save between 1,000-1,500 jobs,...
Thu, 21/07/2011 - 09:10
Borders goes to court today to seek approval for liquidators to launch closing down sales across its stores.
It is expected the sales will bring in between $250m and $284m the bankrupt book chain owes to creditors.
The sale, led by Hilco Merchant Resources and Gordon Brothers Retail Partners, will sell off merchandise and...
Wed, 20/07/2011 - 10:12
The announcement that the remaining 399 Borders stores in the US are to close is sad news indeed.
Even for the most optimistic it was not a surprise, following as it did the announcement of bankruptcy in February and the inability to purchase stock on credit—however the closure plunges the book trade further into new and...