Tue, 02/03/2010 - 09:43
Irish publishers have begun assessing the fallout from the collapse of high street bookseller Hughes & Hughes last week. Many reacted with surprise to the news, even though publishers had tightened credit terms over the past year.
Some warned that the failure of Ireland's second biggest bookshop chain left Irish publishers in the...
Mon, 01/03/2010 - 08:38
Irish bookseller Hughes and Hughes has gone into receivership, blaming collapsing consumer demand, a drop in passenger numbers visiting its airport stores, and internet competition.
It said it had been unable to "renegotiate occupation costs" and described receivership as "the only appropriate action left to the company...
Mon, 01/03/2010 - 07:16
W H Smith looks to be first in the queue for Hughes & Hughes' airport shops, according to the Irish Post. "WHS is believed to be particularly interested in taking control of Hughes & Hughes’ valuable concession shops at Dublin and Cork Airports. Both shops continued to trade over the weekend."
Easons is also a...
Mon, 01/03/2010 - 05:20
The manager of the flagship Dublin branch of Irish bookseller Eason has described last year as "the worst we've ever experienced", in the wake of news late last week that Hughes & Hughes had entered administration.
Fri, 19/02/2010 - 07:22
Members of the Irish union Siptu have voted to back Eason's proposals to defer last year's Christmas bonus. The union is seeking a meeting with Eason's management to discuss its future plans.
Last year the Irish bookseller backtracked from imposing a 12.5% pay cut on its 1,500 employees.
However, it proposed deferring...
Wed, 17/02/2010 - 16:03
Ireland's oldest independent publisher Mercier Press is to cut its 2010 literary list, after higher-than-expected funding cuts from Ireland's Arts Council.
The Cork-based group has seen its funding for this year slashed from £32,000 to £20,000—a drop of 37.5%. As a result, some titles which had been contracted...
Wed, 20/01/2010 - 14:26
Book sales in Ireland in 2009 fell by 5%, according to Nielsen BookScan's measure of the Irish Consumer Market. Not a bad result in this environment, and still comfortably above 2007 levels.
However, these resolute sales mask some worrying trends that look likely to continue in 2010. The first of these is that Irish publishers are...
Mon, 11/01/2010 - 07:21
Independent Irish firm The O'Brien Press has teamed up with cereal manufacturer Kellogg's and bookseller Hughes & Hughes to encourage reading through a 'Storytime' promotion.
Six books published by the press will be made available to readers for free, if they collect vouchers from packets of Kellogg's Rice...
Sun, 06/12/2009 - 09:20
Booksellers at Irish chain Eason will not receive a Christmas bonus this year after a court said the retailer should complete a review of its business first. The dispute over bonuses had been referred to the Irish Labour Court after Eason and Irish trade union Siptu (Services, Industrial, Professional & Technical Union) failed to reach an...
Tue, 01/12/2009 - 08:04
A new independent bookshop has opened in Dublin. The Gutter Bookshop was launched on 26th November by author John Boyne and children's author Anthony Horowitz.
The shop was set up by Bob Johnston, who has been a bookseller for 20 years at Blackwell, Ottakars and Waterstone's in the UK and Ireland, and was most recently fiction...