Tue, 16/10/2007 - 08:24
The company behind retail chain Samedaybooks has launched a new service to help consumers locate bookshops on their mobile phones. The BookRabbit service can be used by any internet accessible mobile phone and uses Google Maps to give the location of bookshops.
Bookshops are also able to upload information about their inventories to the...
Mon, 15/10/2007 - 15:08
Workplace bookseller Premier Direct has experienced a turnaround in its business, with the company reporting a profit before tax of £0.5m for the year to end-July 2007. The retailer lost £3m last year following "operational problems".
The year to end-July 2007 saw Premier Direct's operating profit rise to...
Thu, 11/10/2007 - 15:11
W H Smith has "under-promised and over-delivered" with its 29% leap in pre-tax profits, according to an influential retail analyst.
Nick Bubb from Pali International was speaking after W H Smith's announcement that group revenue decreased from £1.34bn to £1.3bn in the year-ended 31st August, as the business...
Thu, 11/10/2007 - 15:07
Wholesaler Bertrams has worked to overcome intermittent distribution problems, after some independent bookshops experienced difficulties with orders in the past few weeks.
Bertrams refused to comment on the claims from indies that orders were being held up at carrier DHL's distribution hub at Hatfield. "It's a logistical...
Thu, 11/10/2007 - 15:02
Rep force Troika is going out of business at the end of this year, after almost 25 years of selling into bookshops.
Troika represents almost 100 independent publishers including BFI, Maia Press, Nick Hern Books, Stacey International and Zed Books. Many are distributed by Central Books and Inpress.
Paul Westlake, chairman and...
Thu, 11/10/2007 - 14:43
Book retailers and suppliers have put emergency contingency plans in place as the postal strike looks set to rumble into a third week.
Internet and mail order companies such as Amazon.co.uk, BCA and The Book Depository have been hit as regular Royal Mail services have ground to a halt during a series of 48-hour walkouts by 130,000...
Tue, 09/10/2007 - 12:07
Amazon.co.uk has added staff to its fulfillment centres in a bid to minimise disruption caused by the ongoing postal strike. In a note on its website homepage, the retailer says that it has also been in discussion with a number of alternative delivery companies to ensure delivery of books and other goods. A spokesman for the company said that...
Fri, 21/09/2007 - 08:37
Blackwell has clinched the top prize at the 2007 Bookseller Retail Awards, narrowly beating category winners Asda and The Book People.
More than 500 industry figures and authors attended the dinner in the Natural History Museum last night (Thursday), hosted by comedian Dara O'Briain.
The overall Headline Bookselling Company of...
Thu, 20/09/2007 - 22:57
If there is anyone or anything to blame for Chris Laister-Smith's success as a bookseller, it's probably David Copperfield. Having decided that the original plan to become an accountant was not for him, Laister-Smith applied for a job at Waterstone's branch in Birmingham High Street. It came down to two candidates, but the...
Thu, 20/09/2007 - 22:46
Analysts are guardedly optimistic that the widely predicted high street slowdown this Christmas will not extend to book retail.
There were fears of a serious downturn in the UK economy this week after troubles at mortgage lender Northern Rock. The bank had to be bailed out by the Bank of England after it struggled to raise money to...