Tue, 04/03/2014 - 09:20
Business rates have been branded “one of the principal threats to the survival of retail businesses in the High Street” by a cross-party Business, Innovation and Skills select committee.
The committee's report into the...
Mon, 24/02/2014 - 08:42
The number of independent bookshops in the UK has fallen below 1,000 for the first time since records began. According to the Booksellers Association’s annual membership figures, 67 indies closed in 2013 and 26 opened, leaving the overall number of indies on the high street at 987, down from 1,028 in February 2013.
Wed, 19/02/2014 - 09:20
Igloo Books aims to up its adult non-fiction output by 40% over the course of 2014.
The independent publisher, which was shortlisted for Children’s Publisher of the Year at the Bookseller Industry Awards 2013, is to invest over £1m in its adult non-fiction.
The money will be spent on acquiring content and hiring...
Tue, 18/02/2014 - 09:30
“Ground-breaking” ideas to overhaul the UK business rates system, including charging businesses based on energy usage, have been put forward by the British Retail Consortium.
The BRC said it, along with other business groups, had “long argued that the current system of business rates creates disincentives for...
Thu, 06/02/2014 - 08:40
Welwyn Garden City's The Bookshop is set to close when the lease comes to an end next month.
Director Tony Maher said the bookshop will shut its doors after two years of business because he has decided not to renew its lease.
Mon, 20/01/2014 - 08:57
Publishers are being more generous on book title margin, but could still be more flexible on payment terms, according to independent booksellers.
More than 48% of respondents to The Bookseller’s Christmas trading survey said publishers have been more willing to give larger discounts on titles to indie booksellers over...
Mon, 23/12/2013 - 12:21
Independent booksellers have complained that they are losing crucial Christmas sales with some key titles out of stock until January.
Among the popular books indies have had difficulty obtaining include Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life (Doubleday), Letters of Note by Shaun Usher (Canongate Unbound), Asterix...
Tue, 26/11/2013 - 12:54
Independent booksellers are gearing up to support the UK’s first Small Business Saturday, which takes place on 7th December.
The initiative to increase customers and sales for small enterprises was born in the US in 2010, and is traditionally held on the Saturday after Thanksgiving.
Small Business Saturday has come to...
Mon, 11/11/2013 - 15:09
Residents of Wandsworth in London have seen their dream of opening an independent bookshop move a step closer this week, with Northcote Books Limited officially registered as a Society for the Benefit of the Community.
The project to ...
Wed, 06/11/2013 - 14:02
Amazon.com is offering independent booksellers the opportunity to sell Kindle e-readers.
The company will give US indies 10% commission for every Kindle e-book bought on the device sold by the indie bookseller for two years after the e-reader was sold.
The 10% commission figure is believed to be slightly higher than the...