Tue, 16/06/2009 - 07:32
Amazon c.e.o. Jeff Bezos has criticised the Google Settlement, saying that the proposed deal "needs to be revisited". Bezos was being interview by Wired's Steven Levy at the technology magazine's Disruptive by Design conference in New York. When asked about the proposed settlement, Bezos told delegates: "We have...
Mon, 15/06/2009 - 15:54
Can you sell a book in 10 or 20 words? Possibly, but you can certainly make or break a reputation if those few words are passed on hundreds and thousands of times.
There have always been word-of-mouth successes in publishing, easy to describe but hard to predict. Now, a lightspeed version of word-of-mouth, based around social networks...
Mon, 15/06/2009 - 14:19
Ten jobs are to be made redundant across Macmillan Children's Books and Kingfisher, as Pan Macmillan looks to reduce its children's list by over a third in 2010.
A consultation process on all affected roles, which include the editorial, production, design and rights teams, was begun today. Pan Macmillan said the move was a...
Mon, 15/06/2009 - 05:55
W H Smith has sought to play down the effect its exclusive deal with Penguin will have on the travel market saying that it captures only 5.6% of retail travel book sales. The deal, revealed first in The Bookseller 10 days ago, has faced a barrage of criticism from travel writers, and rival companies. The Guardian reports that...
Sun, 14/06/2009 - 10:30
Waterstone's is trialling a three-for-two offer on every book in stock in selected shops, a move that publishers believe is deliberately targeting nearby Borders branches.
At least 10 stores across Great Britain have taken part in the trial during the past two to three weeks. Waterstone's staff told The Bookseller that...
Sun, 14/06/2009 - 10:09
The Society of Authors (SoA) and the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild (OWPG) have become the latest writers' groups to hit out at W H Smith's exclusive deal with Penguin, as rival travel publishers say they are bracing themselves for a "whopping great returns" list. The Bookseller revealed last week that W H...
Sun, 14/06/2009 - 10:00
Amazon may launch the Kindle in the UK this year, Waterstone's has had success with the Sony Reader and Borders is about to launch a new device, but Nick Hornby is not feeling the fever pitch over e-books.
In an interview with The Bookseller the...
Fri, 12/06/2009 - 14:18
"The market is glutted: publishing has degenerated into a gambling competition for potential bestsellers." This sounds like contemporary hand-wringing but it is Geoffrey Faber in 1934. Similarly "Waterstone's is finished: it's soulless and corporate" was said to me by a bookseller in 1988, on my first day in the company. It...
Fri, 12/06/2009 - 08:34
The ground beneath our feet is shifting. We commissioned our first Reading the Future survey to commemorate our 150th anniversary last spring, just as the economy was souring. It was before the banking meltdown of the autumn and, though digitisation was much in the air, the research preceded the British launch of an e-reader.
Fri, 12/06/2009 - 08:01
The news that Penguin and W H Smith have signed a deal giving the publisher exclusivity for its foreign travel guides in WHS travel stores has generated much heat on our website.
It is a deal that appears markedly different depending on where you stand. For fellow travel publishers, the exclusion will be a painful one, particularly since...