Thu, 16/10/2008 - 14:38
A steady upward trend in children's book sales over the past decade has failed to stem publishers' concerns about the children's market. While sales continue to grow, it is at a much slower pace than in previous years.
Nielsen BookScan's Total Consumer Market figures show that between 2001 and 2002 total children's sales rose by 18.6% in...
Thu, 09/10/2008 - 09:09
Alongside organised crime and show business, the publishing world has often been described as recession-proof. Cheaper than a night out and longer lasting than a meal or trip to the cinema, books can come into their own when people are tightening their belts. But the modern world is home to a number of large publishing houses which have grown...
Thu, 02/10/2008 - 13:38
The National Year of Reading has provided a wonderful opportunity for children's books and reading. The focus on children's reading has attracted several millions of pounds in government funding for free books for children and much behind-the-scenes activity in support of reading. However, despite the high level of interest in children's...
Thu, 25/09/2008 - 11:36
If book sales have proven anything over the past few Christmasses, it is that the British public loves a laugh. According to Nielsen BookScan, value sales of humour books have almost trebled between 2001 and 2007 from £13,444,516 to £33,691,680. More than 40% of those sales in 2007 were achieved during the last four weeks of the...
Thu, 18/09/2008 - 09:42
It's official—publishers and their authors are taking over the world of online social networking. A search of "books" on YouTube finds more than 156,000 videos, ranging from author talking heads to publishers' animated promotional films.
This month, an author tracked down a number of Bookseller employees and sent them...
Fri, 12/09/2008 - 14:18
UK book jacket designers’ creativity is being held hostage by in-house sales and marketing teams and increasingly powerful retail buyers. That, at least, is the opinion of a number of designers we talked to for this week’s feature, who...
Fri, 12/09/2008 - 13:10
Can you really judge a book by its cover? One school of thought says that if you are scouring the shelves of a bookshop in America, you can. For in the US—particularly for heavy-weight literary titles—publishers often create exquisite book jacket covers in terms of ideas, aesthetics and production.
But in the UK, things are...
Fri, 05/09/2008 - 08:47
Personalised books have come a long way. Gone are the days of children's names clumsily cut and pasted into generic template text, or poorly reproduced photographs on covers that take weeks to print. These days, custom-made books are as sharply designed and professional as their mass-market equivalents—tailored and ordered in seconds,...
Wed, 03/09/2008 - 16:25
When talking of "the Richard & Judy effect" on book sales, one must be very careful to include the caveats. Admittedly, running the sales of the 82 books to date that have been included in the 10 "Richard & Judy" (R&J hereafter) clubs to date through Nielsen BookScan's online database generates some...
Fri, 29/08/2008 - 14:54
"People don't understand: it's not about America. You publish your authors to the best of your ability wherever people want to buy their books." So said arch-globalist Richard Charkin in July, speaking about the role played by Bloomsbury's New York operation.
It was his response to talk circulating earlier this year about...