Thu, 18/06/2009 - 08:12
The Booksellers Association has unveiled a benchmarking scheme for independent booksellers. The initiative will allow individual booksellers to compare the performance of their shops with other independents.
A pilot scheme for the Fitness Programme was launched earlier this year by the BA’s Independent Booksellers Forum....
Wed, 17/06/2009 - 07:33
London independent bookseller Crockatt and Powell has closed its Fulham Road branch after earlier switching the majority of its stock to remainder books. The shop is believed to have closed within the last month, but co-owner Matthew Crockatt refused to comment on when the store had shut down.
The shop opened in May last year facing the...
Fri, 29/05/2009 - 07:36
I've had better years. Last April at our year end we'd enjoyed 70% growth for our tiny literature business. We were on target for a third of a million turnover by 2011. We weren't cocky, but we were confident we could make it. Then the recession hit, it came on slowly and ate away at our growth until, with the utter collapse of March's sales,...
Sat, 23/05/2009 - 15:04
What is the future for independent retailers, and more particularly booksellers? Is it to be inexorably squeezed between chains and supermarkets in the terrestrial world and by the internet in the etherworld: or will the recession open up new opportunities?
While the “boom years” of the 1980s and 1990s were the years of...
Fri, 22/05/2009 - 14:30
Engineers are a rare breed in bookselling. Up until eight months ago Eileen Russell was advising rail companies on train design, but now she spends her days among the stacks of books in her independent bookshop, Lost in Fiction.
"I think that if you come from something else you've got no baggage and no expectations," says...
Thu, 16/04/2009 - 13:24
There has been general outcry about Asda offering a 77% discount on the latest Delia cookbook. Let's face it though, for Asda it makes good sense. The book has become another high-profile icon and any financial hit they take will easily be offset by the significant money consumers spend across the rest of a weekly shop.
A far more...
Thu, 16/04/2009 - 06:40
US President Barack Obama's new dog, Bo, is to star in his own picturebook.
According to Sky News, Bo, America's Commander in Leash will be published next week. Mascot Books, a small independent publisher from Virginia in the US, has rushed out the title. The creators had been researching the title for two months,...
Thu, 02/04/2009 - 14:55
Independents and chains could most be at risk from the economic downturn, as customers are increasingly shopping around for better prices.
Rachel Levin, data analyst at Book Marketing Limited, told delegates at this week's Books and Consumers Conference that more than 50% of shoppers see price and discounting as the key factors...
Tue, 17/03/2009 - 08:30
Independent publisher Walker Books has joined the IPG "with immediate effect", a week after Bloomsbury confirmed it was to become a member.
The guild described 30-year-old Walker as being "among the most successful and ground-breaking of all children’s publishers", adding that it was "one of the most...
Sun, 15/03/2009 - 08:30
The Booksellers Association has joined a campaign to quash government plans to raise the Uniform Business Rate by 5% from April. Independent bookshops are also attempting to negotiate lower lease terms and switch from quarterly to monthly payments to save costs and improve cashflow.
The BA has teamed up with the British Retail Consortium...