Wed, 18/07/2007 - 07:19
The spat between Bloomsbury and Asda has arisen because of the intensely aggressive competition between retailers, reports the Guardian. The battle lines have been drawn over Harry Potter: "No major retailer can afford not to sell the book at a loss: Waterstone's, Amazon and WH Smith will charge £8.99."
Tue, 17/07/2007 - 18:22
Another feather scalp for the boy wizard: this time, that of the world's largest retailer.
Asda has withdrawn a PR statement in which it accused Bloomsbury of 'blatant profiteering' and 'attempting to hold children to ransom by hiking up the rrp on the final Harry Potter'. It has also coughed up nearly £40,000...
Tue, 17/07/2007 - 16:34
Publisher Bloomsbury and supermarket chain Asda have resolved their dispute, after the giant retailer apologised for accusing the Harry Potter publisher of holding children to "ransom" by raising the price of the latest Harry Potter title. A joint statement isssued late today read: "ASDA apologise unreservedly to Bloomsbury for...
Tue, 17/07/2007 - 15:33
Asda said this afternoon that it is keen to talk to Bloomsbury to ensure the final Harry Potter novel is in its stores this Saturday. The past 24 hours have seen an increasingly ferocious war of words between the publisher and the supermarket chain, with Bloomsbury instigating legal action for defamation and cancelling all book orders with the...
Tue, 17/07/2007 - 11:16
Bloomsbury is taking legal action against Asda for defamation and is threatening to make the supermarket "a Harry Potter free zone" until the matter is resolved.
The move comes after the supermarket said in a press release on Sunday that Bloomsbury was "attempting to hold children to ransom" by raising the price of...
Tue, 17/07/2007 - 11:05
Publishers frequently complain that retailers are becoming too powerful, charging them money for promotional slots, discounting their books wilfully and generally commoditising books. But until now, none has taken the ultimate sanction of delisting a retailer.
So full marks to Bloomsbury for having the backbone to stand up to Asda and...
Tue, 17/07/2007 - 07:52
Bloomsbury has cancelled Asda's 500,000 Harry Potter order and declared the supermarket a "Harry Potter free zone". The publisher said that it had taken the decision because it had not been paid by the chain, but it has also been angered by the supermarket's claim that it was holding "children to ransom" over the...
Tue, 17/07/2007 - 07:08
More than half of UK independent bookshops will resort to purchasing copies of the new Harry Potter novel from supermarkets and other discount outlets, a survey has claimed. The poll of 60 indies by web portal Localbookshops.co.uk found that many planned to stock up on Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows from supermarkets and other...
Mon, 16/07/2007 - 16:15
Asda has pledged to sell the final instalment in the Harry Potter series for "the lowest price in the land". The supermarket has also promised that around half a million copies of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows will be in store when the book goes on sale at midnight on Friday. Asda would not confirm how much it will...
Mon, 16/07/2007 - 08:36
Asda, the supermarket chain, has accused Bloomsbury, the publisher of Harry Potter, of hiking up the recommended retail price of the final book, reports the Telegraph, in a general piece about Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows. The supermarket, which is selling the book at £8.99, claims that the RRP for the first novels was...