Mon, 02/12/2013 - 16:52
Publishers have launched online advent calendars offering readers prizes in the countdown to Christmas.
Many publishers have recreated versions of the traditional advent calendar on their websites, complete with “doors” that can be clicked on to reveal prizes behind them.
Among those taking part is...
Mon, 02/12/2013 - 08:50
Christmas parties, free mulled wine, festive discounts and exclusive author dedications are designed to lure customers into independent bookshops this December.
Booksellers have planned a range of retail enticements in order to capitalise on the most important month in the year for their businesses and grab their share of the...
Wed, 27/11/2013 - 09:16
Former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson has returned to the top of the UK book charts.
Sales of Ferguson's memoir, My Autobiography (Hodder & Stoughton), totalled 61,245 copies in the UK last week—a strong enough sale to send him back to the summit of the Official UK Top 50 following a two-week hiatus....
Mon, 18/11/2013 - 11:50
Last week the annual John Lewis Christmas Advert was launched, The Bear and the Hare, marking the moment Christmas arrives on the high street, as well as highlighting the enduring power of a well-written story (Nosy Crow is publishing a picture book version...
Fri, 15/11/2013 - 09:12
National Book Tokens is launching a major festive advertising campaign asking the public to guess the names of book titles from a set of creative images.
The campaign will promote its rewards programme...
Tue, 12/11/2013 - 15:45
Independent booksellers have chosen the 10 "less ordinary" books they think will become Christmas hits for 2013, with England’s 100 Best Views by Simon Jenkins (Profile) their top choice.
Over 200 independent booksellers nominated titles they think will have enduring appeal and make good Christmas presents, in...
Mon, 11/11/2013 - 09:15
Publishers are looking to reignite plateauing digital sales off the back of the new, cheaper devices hitting the market.
But some analysts are predicting that it will be physical, not digital, books that triumph this Christmas.
Tim Davies, m.d. of The History Press, said he expected e-books to grow again next year, but that a...
Fri, 08/11/2013 - 09:00
Blackwell’s plans to open up to six temporary shops in areas associated with book lovers in the run-up to Christmas.
The company has also recently opened a permanent store at Bradford University.
The academic bookselling chain is to open pop-up sites at Christmas markets across the UK and establish short-term leases in...
Mon, 04/11/2013 - 09:20
Waterstones, Foyles and Blackwell’s are focusing on “simple” messages about the merit of books as gifts in their campaigns for Christmas.
Waterstones has focused its campaign around the central tagline “The Gift of Reading”. The phrase appears across the bookshop chain’s Christmas point-of-sale...
Mon, 07/10/2013 - 07:30
Amazon warehouse workers in Germany could strike in the run-up to Christmas, affecting deliveries to customers during the crucial retail period.
Der Spiegel has reported that Heiner Reimann from trade union Verdi, speaking on...