Mon, 20/07/2009 - 15:01
Simon & Schuster was unofficially the first to get a new Michael Jackson book into a retailers' hands, after the firm sent out reps to "hand-deliver" its title Unmasked to Waterstone's in Piccadilly last Tuesday. But both the S&S book and HarperCollins' title Legend, Hero, Icon truly went on sale the following day—15th...
Mon, 20/07/2009 - 14:32
Amazon.com has said it will change its systems after it remotely deleted Kindle editions of George Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm from the devices of customers after discovering they had been offered for sale illegally. The actions, which happened on Friday, have caused a furore in the US (and on...
Mon, 20/07/2009 - 14:30
Frank McCourt, the author of Angela's Ashes who died yesterday, was a "genuine literary superstar", his UK publisher has said.
McCourt died of cancer yesterday (19th July) in New York. He was 78. McCourt, best known for his 1997 memoir Angela's Ashes, sold more than 1.8m books in the United Kingdom...
Mon, 20/07/2009 - 11:18
It is perhaps apropos that one of the top five bestselling books thus far this year is Kate Atkinson's When Will There be Good News? (Black Swan). That is something most of the entire trade (except perhaps Stephenie Meyer-powered Little, Brown) has been asking itself in these gloomy times. Sales are down, redundancies continue, and retailers...
Mon, 20/07/2009 - 10:43
"I've got so many things wrong with me. Fatal illnesses. I could die tomorrow if I chose to but I'm hanging on for those letters." It's difficult to believe these words coming from the mouth of Frances Woodsford. In her dapper light green dress suit and matching shoes the 95-year-old self-confessed "chatterbox"...
Mon, 20/07/2009 - 08:51
"Location, location, location" was once the mantra of retailing. These days it sometimes seems to be "diversify, diversify, diversify". Or maybe I have been listening to the local farmers too much. Anyway, Ramage's Rule One...
Mon, 20/07/2009 - 08:32
With the upcoming launch of our US website I have been spending more time in the States, and have been fascinated by both the parallels and differences in the trade on both sides of the pond.
As in the UK, the chains dominate, but the scale is very different. Barnes & Noble has $5bn (£3.1bn) in sales and employs 40,000 staff...
Mon, 20/07/2009 - 06:25
Stephenie Meyer was worth more than £12m to the UK book trade in the first half of 2009, according to Nielsen BookScan. Her success has helped propel the young adult fiction genre into the fastest growing sector of the retail book market. By contrast fitness and diet books, food and drink titles, and memoirs have become the worst...
Sun, 19/07/2009 - 09:10
Hachette UK has strengthened its market position over the first half of this year, growing value sales despite a declining wider market and pulling away from its three biggest rivals.
At this stage last year, just 0.2% separated Hachette's market share from that of Random House, standing at 15.3% and 15.1% respectively. Fast-forward...
Sun, 19/07/2009 - 09:10
Borders UK chief executive Philip Downer has ruled out store closures "in the near future", following the retailer's management buyout. Downer and finance director Mark Little led a buyout of the business, backed by Valco Capital Partners, which was announced yesterday (16th July).
Downer said that among the immediate plans...