Thu, 06/01/2011 - 09:04
Foyles c.e.o. Sam Husain is anticipating a "challenging" 2011 due to the tough economic climate, making this prediction in his response to The Bookseller's Christmas Trading survey.
London's largest indie bookseller will also be signing up to Google e-books once it launches in the UK this year, if, as expected...
Tue, 04/01/2011 - 14:59
Prospero's Books, an independent bookshop that traded in north London's Crouch End for more than 10 years, closed down on Christmas Eve.
Tim Robinson, general manager of Prospero's sister shop, Muswell Hill Bookshop, said: "It wasn't an easy decision, but it was a purely financial decision. The two basic reasons...
Tue, 04/01/2011 - 09:55
Independent booksellers have reported an encouraging Christmas, with 41.7% saying sales were up on 2009, according to preliminary findings in The Bookseller's Christmas Trading Survey. Despite the twin problems of the recession and weather, only 20.8% of respondents said sales were down on 2009. Almost 38% said sales were flat on...
Fri, 31/12/2010 - 09:10
The Bookseller is surveying the state of the independent retail sector with an online questionaire.
Topics covered include weather, supply chain, digital and Google's e-book platform.
Independents can complete the survey online at http://...
Wed, 22/12/2010 - 08:30
Indie publisher Alma Press has acquired its lead fiction titles for spring 2011, snapping up world rights to two novels.
Publisher Elisabetta Minervini bought world English rights to The Pink Hotel by Anna Stothard through Charlie Campbell at Ed Victor. The title, Stothard's second novel after 2004's Isabel and Rocco...
Wed, 22/12/2010 - 07:08
Independent publisher Angry Robot is to accept unsolicited novels for one month only next year.
The Osprey Group-owned sci fi publisher is to hold "Open Door Month" during March 2011, and is welcoming submissions from unrepresented authors.
Editor Lee Harris said, "We're delighted to be able to offer this...
Thu, 16/12/2010 - 10:15
Independent booksellers have given reluctant backing to the £1 World Book Day 'flipbooks' in 2011, despite a 13.5% fall in sales of £1 WBD books this year. WBD will take place on 3rd March 2011.
This will be the third year that 'flipbooks', which include two stories within one book, have been offered as the...
Wed, 15/12/2010 - 08:29
Vintage Books is launching an annual award for independent bookshops, tying in to the Random House imprint's 21st anniversary celebrations next year. The Vintage Independent Bookshop of the Year Award will be open to any independent bookshop, with the prize going to the bookshop that demonstrates the most innovation and creativity in...
Thu, 09/12/2010 - 08:44
Children’s hardback fiction titles are selling well this Christmas, although higher-priced gift items are also coming back, according to Waterstone’s and independents.
Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Ugly Truth by Jeff Kinney (Puffin) is “by far” Waterstone’s best-performing children’s title this...
Fri, 03/12/2010 - 10:55
Independent publisher Fighting High has acquired Great War to Great Escape, the story of one of the survivors of the Second World War POW breakout immortalised in "The Great Escape".
Managing director Steve Darlow commissioned the title from author Laurence Green, who is the grandson of escapee Bernard Green, acquiring...