Thu, 19/05/2011 - 12:19
Readers are being called to cast their vote for the Independent Booksellers’ Book Prize winner, after the shortlist was announced today (19th May).
The annual award, which recognises works of fiction for adults and children, requires members of the public to choose which one of 10 adult and 12 children’s titles they think...
Wed, 18/05/2011 - 07:45
An independent bookshop on the remote Scottish Isle of Mull has closed its doors after 40 years. Coffee and Books in Dervaig, on the Isle of Mull, part of the Inner Hebrides, closed last Friday (13th May) after its owner David Pitman decided to retire to Glasgow.
The indie has served the local community of Dervaig since it was...
Mon, 16/05/2011 - 09:08
Publishers are remaining tight-lipped about recent price increases in books for children and teenagers. Price increases have seen some young adult titles being priced at £18, with some paperback fiction given an £8.99 price tag.
Independents have raised concerns about the price rises which they believe are largely, but...
Mon, 09/05/2011 - 08:47
Independent non-fiction publisher I B Tauris has bought fine arts publisher Philip Wilson Publishers (PWP), after handling its sales, marketing and distribution over several years.
I B Tauris m.d. Jonathan McDonnell promised there would be "no acquisition pain" for Philip Wilson and his team and that the "distinctive...
Fri, 06/05/2011 - 11:00
For once some words of sense on the bookselling industry, as seen on The Bookseller's First Edition email this week.
I refer to the commentary on the news story that in 2010 e-book sales grew 570% of nothing to about...
Thu, 05/05/2011 - 15:22
New imprint Notting Hill Editions launches today (5th May), with the aim of revitalising essay publishing.
Essays by George Perec, Roland Barthes, Lavinia Greenlaw and Jonathan Keates, accompanied by introductions by the likes of Margaret Drabble and Michael Wood are among its first publications.
Future authors will include...
Wed, 04/05/2011 - 15:48
The owners of the Torbay Bookshop, the Paignton based independent bookseller, have put the shop up for sale after almost 20 years trading. Co-owner Matthew Clarke said it was the right time to sell the business, with he and co-owner Sarah Clarke wishing to concentrate on their buy to let business. He said he was seeking around £470,000...
Thu, 21/04/2011 - 08:00
Bookshops are readying themselves for the upcoming four-day back-to-back bank holiday weekends created by Easter and the royal wedding, with stores broadly expecting a sales boost.
Looking back at the last notable royal event, the Golden Jubilee bank holiday on 3rd June 2002, book sales fell [2nd to 8th June] by 5% week on week to...
Mon, 18/04/2011 - 09:30
Booksellers have suffered the worst March in six years, in one of the worst months across retail in almost 20 years.
High street and indie retailers seem to be particularly feeling the Spring pinch, after March sales reached a six year low, slumping by 8.7% year-on-year according to Nielsen BookScan.
The figures reveal...
Fri, 15/04/2011 - 09:53
The counter-revolution against the spread of digital in publishing is often discussed, with publishers big and small celebrating books as physical objects—from Taschen's luxury coffee-table editions to Penguin's series of cloth-bound classics and Visual Editions' range of re-imagined "visual writing"....