Fri, 04/07/2008 - 06:58
French publisher Editis has increased the staff bonus following the company's sale to Spain's Planeta to €1,500 from €1,000 in the agreement signed with four of the five trade union groups.
The agreement, which was released at 2pm on Thursday after approval by the Editis supervisory board, said the extra...
Wed, 02/07/2008 - 14:40
Amazon France chief Xavier Garambois has called for an overhaul to the French 1981 Lang Law on fixed book prices and has cited the UK as a market that has thrived since the Net Book Agreement (NBA) was scrapped in 1995.
Quoting Nielsen BookScan figures, he told the cultural affairs commission of the National Assembly, or lower house of...
Wed, 02/07/2008 - 13:49
The number of visitors to the third Cape Town Book Fair climbed by 1,000 on last year to 51,000 – a welcome increase, especially as the fair seemed to have got off to the slow start. This is encouraging, and so congratulations to fair director Vanessa Badroodien and her team.
The fair consists of three components: a trade fair for...
Tue, 01/07/2008 - 13:00
The crisis at France's second largest publisher Editis over staff bonuses following the company's sale to Planeta of Spain may soon be over.
The details have not been revealed, but it is understood that four out of the five trade union groups have signed a compromise agreement that is to be endorsed by the Editis supervisory...
Tue, 01/07/2008 - 07:11
The Danish online bookselling market is set for a shake-up following the arrival of the feisty Swedish etailer Adlibris. The Danish site recently went live with 2.5m titles "in stock", and follows the company's expansion into Norway and Finland, having opened in its native Sweden in 1997. It now boasts that it is Scandinavia's...
Mon, 30/06/2008 - 14:00
Staff at W H Smith's Paris branch are to strike over pay and conditions. Of the store's 43 staff, 36 will join a picket outside the branch tomorrow (1st July) at the beginning of a 24-hour strike.
Christopher Saynor, a bookseller at the branch, said the action followed months of unease over cost-cutting measures imposed on the...
Mon, 30/06/2008 - 13:10
European publishers are worried that new European Commission proposals to weaken copyright protection could defeat their battle against Google's programme to digitise libraries' book collections.
The concerns were raised at the Federation of European Publishers' last meeting in Warsaw earlier this month. According to the...
Fri, 27/06/2008 - 07:59
Bloomsbury boss Nigel Newton has stressed that the group is still looking for company acquisitions after growing its cash assets to £50m in the past six months.
In the company's a.g.m. statement, Newton said that the group was trading in line with expectations, despite Bloomsbury USA continuing to operate in a "difficult...
Fri, 27/06/2008 - 05:11
French publishers increased their annual book sales by 3.5%, or 2% after inflation, to nearly €3bn in 2007, according to figures released by the French Publishers Association, Syndicat National de l’Edition (SNE).
This brought the increase over the five years since 2003 to 14%, compared to a 50% drop for music...
Fri, 27/06/2008 - 04:06
Margaret Atwood has won Spain's Prince of Asturias literary prize, reports the Guardian. The jury praised the 68-year-old Canadian author for work that moves between numerous literary genres "with sharpness and irony", reserving further praise for the political dimension of her work, commending Atwood as an author who "...