Mon, 25/02/2013 - 15:19
Barnes & Noble founder Leonard Riggio has said he plans to buy the retail assets of the chain he founded.
The proposal does not include B&N's Nook and college businesses, according to a filing with the US Securities and Exchange Commission,...
Mon, 25/02/2013 - 14:52
The term “walled garden”—used most frequently in conjunction with Amazon’s closed ecosystem—was in frequent use at this year’s Tools of Change conference in New York.
The conference tried to explore how to break through walled spaces—and not just the obvious ones. It’s too easy to rail...
Mon, 25/02/2013 - 07:30
The French government and publishers association (Syndicat National de l’Edition, SNE) are standing by their position to maintain a reduced VAT rate on unenriched e-books, even though the European Commission has said it will refer France and Luxembourg...
Thu, 21/02/2013 - 11:36
The European Commission has decided to refer France and Luxembourg to the EU Court of Justice over its cut-rate VAT on e-books.
A statement from the EC said failure to comply with EU law on VAT resulted in "serious distortions of competition to the detriment of traders from other EU Member States" which "goes against...
Thu, 21/02/2013 - 10:15
Three US independent bookshops have launched a lawsuit against the big six publishers and Amazon in America claiming that by signing a contract to sell e-books with DRM through Amazon, they are combining to restrict the sale of e-books through indie stores.
Fiction Addiction in South Carolina, Posman Books in New York [pictured] and...
Wed, 20/02/2013 - 09:40
After only one year Germany's participation in international World Book Night celebrations has been put on hold, at least temporarily. Even though the initial event has been hailed a great success by the organisers, this year's campaign has nonetheless been quietly shelved.
An official statement by co-organiser Stiftung Lesen...
Wed, 20/02/2013 - 09:30
Pearson has launched what it has called an "incubator" programme to help education start-up companies "break through on a global scale".
The company is calling the programme Pearson Catalyst and its aim is to identify promising education start-up businesses which have the same attitudes and ethos towards global...
Tue, 19/02/2013 - 08:30
Fnac, the leading French cultural products chain and the country's biggest seller of books, remained in the black in 2012, despite a downturn in the French retail sector.
The chain reported an operating profit of €79m (£68m) for the full year to the end of 2012, although this was down 22.7% from 2011. Revenue in all its...
Mon, 18/02/2013 - 16:20
Amazon has fired the security company it employed to oversee its warehouse operations over Christmas in Germany after reports emerged guards had been intimidating staff.
Amazon has terminated its relationship with Hensel European Security Services (HESS) “with immediate effect”. The move follows mounting pressure on the...
Mon, 18/02/2013 - 14:27
Homoerotic “Boy Love” manga aimed at young women and raunchy teen literature made up 80% of e-book sales in Japan, according to a survey by Tokyo analysts Impress R&D.
Impress said Japanese digital book sales were worth ¥700.2m (£4.8m) in 2012, just a minuscule amount of Japan’s ¥750bn (£5....