Thu, 04/11/2010 - 16:00
While the book trade is far from populated entirely with eco-warriors, it is perhaps fair to say that the industry has been concerned with green issues for some time. Indeed, the environmental impact of book production has been a concern for publishers long before Al Gore even started thinking about inconvenient truths. And books, of course,...
Fri, 29/10/2010 - 13:02
Do you Run with Scissors? Do you Stitch 'n Bitch? Do you spend your weekends learning how to sew your own knickers?
An increasing number of people do, and the mainstream is picking up rapidly. The V&A's Quilts exhibition was its most successful for years. Oxford's Darn It & Stitch is one of the latest boutique haberdasheries...
Fri, 08/10/2010 - 10:36
For about a year and a half, I've been a member of the Idea Store. No, that's not a think tank, a literary salon or regular meeting of a café philosophy society. It is the Blairite/Orwellian repackaging of the Tower Hamlets council library system.
Still, despite the frankly risible name (or frightening if you think the notion of a...
Thu, 30/09/2010 - 16:57
Flip through women's magazines at the newsstand these days and you might notice something a little different. Nestled alongside fashion articles on what's on trend this autumn/winter, photo spreads of Cheryl Cole, advice columns on how to achieve mind-blowing orgasms or adverts for L'Oreal hair products, is a booming amount of coverage about...
Thu, 30/09/2010 - 16:50
As the Economist's former Moscow correspondent from 2004 to 2007, A D (Andrew) Miller got to know the city well. He was writing mostly about politics, although, as he points out dryly, "business and politics and crime are kind of ineluctably linked in Moscow".
The idea for Miller's début novel ...
Fri, 17/09/2010 - 09:38
"It doesn't matter how good or bad the product is, the fact is that people don't read any more."
That was Apple c.e.o. Steve Jobs in 2008, opining on Amazon's Kindle, a pronouncement about as accurate as Neville Chamberlain's "peace for our time" speech 70 years earlier. To be fair to Jobs, he was speaking pre-iPad,...
Mon, 13/09/2010 - 14:18
Dying: a good career move. In art and music there has long been the notion that there is big money to be made from death. The value of a famous artist's work usually increases exponentially after death; the pop stars' estates that have benefited greatly from performers shuffling off this mortal coil in the past few decades include Elvis Presley...
Fri, 03/09/2010 - 12:53
Even a very experienced bookseller would be excused if they admitted never having heard of Anna Jacobs [pictured]. The saga writer has published 47 books with the latest, In Focus (Severn House), just released in paperback. Yet it is fair to say that Jacobs has never set the Nielsen BookScan Total Consumer Market charts alight. Her total sales...
Fri, 06/08/2010 - 11:21
In the mobile phone e-reader stakes, Apple has pretty much shown the competition a clean pair of heels. Buoyed by increased availability—once exclusive to O2 in the UK, you can now also get an iPhone through Orange, Vodaphone and even Tesco—and the iPhone 4 launch, sales of the handsets have surged. Despite the much-publicised...
Thu, 29/07/2010 - 15:44
Coco Chanel once said: "In order to be irreplaceable one must always be different." The queen of chic could just have easily been talking about the changes in the fashion book market in recent years. Despite the recession, and many style-conscious consumers turning away from £300 dresses, let alone £300 books about dresses...