Thu, 14/06/2012 - 09:00
Amazon could take ownership of the internet domains ".book" and ".shop" as nearly 2,000 "top level domains" [TLDs] go up for grabs.
Icann, the US-appointed company which decides which new domains can be added to the web, revealed yesterday (13th June) that 1,700 new domains such as .app, .kids and .love...
Wed, 14/09/2011 - 10:41
Publishing has an acutely uneasy relationship with the internet. We all recognize its importance and inevitability, yet most of us aren't actually very good at using it profitably.
Publishers' websites are a case in point. Like drunken orgies organised by committees of virgin teetotallers, these sites mostly seem clueless,...
Mon, 04/07/2011 - 16:00
The Book Depository has said it will continue to operate independently of Amazon, as the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) said it was "too early" to say if today's takeover of the online bookseller would trigger an investigation.
The deal was announced this morning, with The Book Depository (TBD) founder Andrew Crawford...
Thu, 07/04/2011 - 16:03
Online retailer Play.com has announced it is seeking investment for European expansion.
The internet bookseller and UK’s market leader in online DVD sales revealed today (7th April) it has appointed Lazard to explore investment opportunities for an “aggressive European expansion plan.”
Tue, 15/02/2011 - 09:57
Gardners is set to launch a new consumer website selling books directly to the public.
The wholesaler, which supplies books to independent retailers across the country, is in the process of developing Hive.co.uk, an online retail site, which it claims will be an 'Interflora' style intermediary for independent bookshops....
Wed, 22/12/2010 - 06:45
Customers' satisfaction with the standard of service offered by online retailers edged up only slightly last year, according to the Guardian, with retail giant Amazon retaining the top slot.
The research is published by customer satisfaction measurement and management specialists ForeSee Results in its annual Christmas...
Thu, 09/12/2010 - 08:42
US online bookseller and literacy fundraiser Better World Books has launched a UK e-commerce site.
The retailer collects and sells books to generate funds for literacy causes, with the UK site (www.betterworldbooks.com) offering over a million new and used...
Thu, 02/12/2010 - 07:25
Britons are the most active shoppers online, spending on average £172 per month on internet websites.
According to a new report from communications regulator Ofcom, during the past six months the average Briton has bought 19 items worth a total of £1,031. France is the next biggest spender with an average of £595 spent...
Mon, 25/10/2010 - 09:12
Waterstone's, Foyles and British Bookshops have been accused of having three of the slowest responding websites, according to a survey by automated testing company Sitemorse.
The Retail Bulletin reports the company surveyed 500 retailers' websites, measuring its first 125 pages on various performance criteria. An average of the...
Mon, 27/09/2010 - 09:14
Amazon has reportedly applied for a patent that suggests future users of the website may have to pay to preview excerpts of books before deciding to buy it.
Techflash reports the US patent, which has Amazon c.e.o. Jeff Bezos among its inventors, forsees a scheme where customers "pay different amounts to view portions of content from...