Mon, 22/09/2014 - 15:05
Comedian David Mitchell has slammed Amazon as "benefit scroungers" in a barnstorming speech given at the Booksellers Association conference today (22nd September).
In an entertaining but hard-hitting keynote address to delegates at the Warwick event, Mitchell criticised the online retailer for taking grant handouts from the...
Mon, 22/09/2014 - 11:42
Lingham's Booksellers, a former Bookseller Industry Awards Independent Bookseller of the Year, has been put up for sale.
Husband and wife owners Eleanor and Peter Davies have put the award-winning store in Heswall, Wirral, on the market because at 65, they want to retire.
Lingham’s won the Independent Bookseller of...
Mon, 22/09/2014 - 10:00
Bookshops in the UK and Ireland must “invest” to become “the best in the world,” the Bookseller Association president Tim Walker has told delegates at the Bookseller Association Conference in Warwick this morning (22nd September).
Walker made the rallying cry for bookshops to arm-up in the face of digital and...
Mon, 22/09/2014 - 09:10
“The tide is turning” on bookshops’ attitudes towards stocking self-published titles, new developments suggest.
The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) founder Orna Ross agreed there had been “movement” as a result of ALLi’s #OpenUpToIndies campaign earlier in the year. The initiative called on...
Fri, 19/09/2014 - 08:55
Backlist titles from novelists David Nicholls, Jeffrey Archer and Robin Hobb will be among six e-books offered free to UK users when Apple issues an iOS software update tomorrow (19th September) and makes its new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6+ models available around the world.
The new models will be preloaded with an iBooks app. At the same...
Thu, 18/09/2014 - 09:40
The JS Group has brokered a major deal to allow all University of East London (UEL) first year students to receive a free Samsung tablet pre-loaded with their core textbooks.
It is the first time a deal like this has been struck between a bookseller, digital platform and technology hardware company like Samsung, allowing student to...
Wed, 17/09/2014 - 09:40
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has released new proposals to enable a crackdown on tax treaty abuse by multinational companies such as Amazon and Google.
The Paris-based organisation has said the world’s largest economies should impose a “country by country” reporting regime on...
Tue, 16/09/2014 - 10:00
Endless LLP has invested between £10m-£20m for co-founder Ted Smart's share of The Book People, The Bookseller understands.
The company's other co-founder, Seni Glaister, led a management buy-out of the company from Smart yesterday (15th September), backed by venture capital company Endless LLP. ...
Tue, 16/09/2014 - 09:05
Waterstones, Foyles, WH Smith and The Booksellers Association are among more than 100 signatories calling for an overhaul of business rates, in an open letter published in today's Daily...
Mon, 15/09/2014 - 09:35
Blackwell’s has launched its academic e-book platform in beta today (15th September).
After over a year of hard work behind the scenes, the company’s technology development team based on London’s “Silicon Roundabout” has readied the platform in the nick of time...