Thu, 06/06/2013 - 14:31
What change a year can bring. At last year’s Book Expo America in New York, people put on a happy face, but Penguin and Macmillan were still fighting the Department of Justice alongside Apple. The fresh fallout cloud from the agency agreement debacle rained fear on traditional publishing. The latest annual statistics regarding the rate...
Thu, 06/06/2013 - 14:25
The internet has replaced cultural product and other chains as the biggest driver of change engulfing independent booksellers, according to a French study on the book trades in six western countries.
The results of the survey of France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain, the United Kingdom and the US, entitled Booksellers Worldwide (...
Mon, 03/06/2013 - 07:55
Australian e-book company ReadCloud has said it is keen to partner with independent bookshops in the UK.
The company offers booksellers 35% commission on e-book sales, but asks for a joining fee of around £950. It is currently working with 30 booksellers in Australia.
Jeremy LeBard, c.e.o. and co-founder of...
Fri, 31/05/2013 - 09:40
The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) has launched a campaign to encourage literary and book trade organisations to work more closely with self-published writers.
An Open Up to Indies petition has been set up by ALLi with the intention to lobby literary festivals, libraries and the booksellers associations of the UK, the US and...
Thu, 30/05/2013 - 10:55
The Bookshop Band is set to embark on its summer tour, playing over 20 gigs at independent bookshops, literature and music festivals in the UK.
The band's three musicians, Ben Please, Poppy Pitt and Beth Porter, will visit the Yellow Lighted Bookshop in Tetbury, Wallingford Bookshop in Oxon, Westwood Books in Cumbria and the...
Thu, 09/05/2013 - 10:53
I have three children, and they all love reading and being read to. As my eldest daughter, now 10, began to read more and more, tearing through the classics of my childhood (mostly American) and British books, I began to look further afield.
I was surprised to discover just how few children's books (beyond picture books,...
Thu, 09/05/2013 - 06:30
Small independent publisher Comma Press has had two titles shortlisted for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize.
The books, by Adam Marek and Jane Rogers, are shortlisted alongside titles from Jonathan Cape, Pan Macmillan and Bloomsbury, which also has two nominations.
The award, now in its seventh year, is given for a published...
Fri, 03/05/2013 - 09:26
An essay by Ann Patchett written in praise of bookshops, prints featuring handwritten texts by authors, and competitive deals from Penguin and Orion are to be offered exclusively to indie bookshops for Independent Booksellers Week.
So far, a record 350 shops have signed up to take part in the promotion, which runs from 29th June...
Mon, 29/04/2013 - 07:15
Not-for-profit publisher Comma Press has produced a free app aimed at helping commuters escape into fiction.
Gimbal, which is released via iTunes today (29th April), is an interactive app which contains 30 stories set in cities around the world. Readers will be able to read the stories with an accompanying map showing the progress of...
Fri, 19/04/2013 - 09:17
Public Accounts Committee chairman Margaret Hodge has called on the government to “listen and take action” on a petition signed by more than 110,000 people to protest...