Fri, 28/01/2011 - 09:58
Independent bookshop Bookthrift in Chesham is closing after five years trading, blaming poor sales and more people buying online and in supermarkets.
The four staff in the Chiltern Hills shop in Buckinghamshire will be made redundant when it closes, although its final day trading has yet to be confirmed.
Mon, 24/01/2011 - 09:57
Icon Books has appointed Philip Cotterell as non-executive director.
Cotterell had worked closely with the indie, a member of the Independent Alliance, in an advisory capacity for the last three years.
He takes up the role with immediate effect. Simon Flynn, Icon m.d., said: "We are absolutely delighted to be...
Mon, 24/01/2011 - 08:02
Bill McCreadie, the m.d. of independent publisher Aurum is to step down at the end of the month.
McCreadie bought the publisher from The Really Useful Group with Piers Burnett, now retired, in 1991. Quarto acquired the business in 2005.
"I think the time is right for a change both for me and for Aurum," said...
Thu, 20/01/2011 - 07:12
Frances Lincoln Children’s Books is refocusing its list away from picture books towards more commercial fiction under the direction of new editorial director Maurice Lyon. Fiction output will nearly double to 20 titles this year while its picture book programme will be cut from 45 to around 25 titles.
Lyon said: "Frances...
Wed, 19/01/2011 - 14:02
Beautiful Books has teamed up with digital company Amazing Media to produce a musical soundtrack to the debut novel of actress Abigail Tarttelin.
The album and novel, both titled Flick, will be published on 7th April. The album, compiled by Amazing Media's website www....
Mon, 17/01/2011 - 07:30
Specialist publisher Ian Allan Publishing is in consultation with staff over possible redundancies, as the family-owned business looks to refocus its list on rail, road transport and aviation titles. The consultation period is expected to come to an end in the next two to three weeks, said managing director Iain Aitken.
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Thu, 13/01/2011 - 08:41
Domino Records is to go on the road with a travelogue from folk singer James Yorkston as the inaugural title of its first publishing imprint, Domino Press.
It's Lovely to be Here—The Touring Diaries of a Scottish Gent is a music title set out as Yorkston's journals of life as a "modern-day troubadour"....
Tue, 11/01/2011 - 08:15
Newly opened book store Under the Greenwood Tree run by former senior publishing executives will be looking to expand once its first store, based in South London's Clapham, establishes itself, its owner has said.
Sophie Greenwood was formerly international sales and marketing director at Penguin before she opened the store in...
Tue, 11/01/2011 - 07:43
World Book Day is launching a fundraising initiative with Book Aid International, with independent booksellers and book groups being encouraged to hold a "Meet, Talk, Give" event to raise money for the charity. World Book Day spokesman Matt Railton said it was for regular or casual book groups to hold reading events and bring...
Mon, 10/01/2011 - 09:28
Independent booksellers are adopting a wait and see policy on Google’s e-book platform, as more than a third of the sector reported sales increasing year on year.
In the second annual survey of the independent sector by The Bookseller, 31.6% of indies said sales were down in 2010, with the remaining 34.2% of shops saying...