Fri, 11/01/2013 - 13:00
Thanks to a strong December based on hard work put in throughout the year, 2013 has got off to a positive start.
Many independent bookshops have talked of Christmas sales growth, as punters rejected Amazon for the high street. Waterstones and Blackwell’s each recorded a sales increase over 2011, while Foyles was not far behind...
Wed, 09/01/2013 - 08:30
The Big Green Bookshop is calling on independent bookshops to club together to investigate what options they have for stocking e-readers.
The London bookshop’s co-owner Simon Key has written a blog calling for independent booksellers to rally together to have strength-in-...
Fri, 21/12/2012 - 10:22
After a dramatic scene in “Godzilla”, Jean Reno breaks the silence by saying: “I could do with a coffee.” This is how many of us in the “bookland” must feel after 2012. Korky the Cat and Maeve Binchy consigned to the ether? Flogging flogging? E-books approaching 40%? Even I have got rid of my encyclopaedia...
Thu, 20/12/2012 - 11:07
With e-books, tablets and social networks, the digital future of publishing seems less the stuff of science fiction and more an often uncomfortable reality. But instead of consigning traditional publishing models to a black hole, Will Atkinson, Faber & Faber’s sales and marketing director, argues that many publishers are trying to...
Wed, 21/11/2012 - 09:40
Mark Forsyth’s follow-up to last Christmas’ runaway hit The Etymologicon (Icon) has been picked as the top title for booksellers to champion this December.
Publishers pitched alternative Christmas hits to booksellers at the Bookseller Association’s annual conference at Warwick University in September. The...
Tue, 20/11/2012 - 10:00
Booksellers across the country are displaying “We Pay Our Taxes” posters in their shop windows in a reference to rival company Amazon’s appearance in front of the Public Accounts Committee last week (12th November).
The Booksellers Association has created striking red point-of-sale materials for its IndieBound...
Mon, 19/11/2012 - 08:45
Twenty-two independent bookshops have signed up to stock Kobo’s e-reader range, with delivery of the devices expected as the festive shopping season begins.
Kobo pitched its devices and affiliates scheme at the Booksellers Association’s a.g.m. in July. Chipping Norton’s Jaffe & Neale Books...
Wed, 07/11/2012 - 07:30
Former Bertrams UK sales and marketing director Chris Rushby is joining Norwich-based department store and bookseller Jarrold.
Rushby will run the bookselling operation at the store, replacing Michael Butler, who is retiring after 12 years. He stepped into the role of book buyer manager on Monday (5th November).
Mon, 05/11/2012 - 09:51
Every time I read about the launch of a new generalist trade publishing imprint, in which an editor can seemingly publish whatever takes his or her fancy, I worry for those involved.
This approach implies a business model in which a retailer will devote space to each carefully crafted work. But physical retail space is in decline,...
Fri, 12/10/2012 - 11:30
Faber will be changing its visual identity, including slimming down the iconic “ff ” logo, as part of a new branding strategy.
Will Atkinson, the company’s sales and marketing director, described some of the changes during a talk about the importance of creating a brand at yesterday’s (11th October) Frankfurt...