Tue, 17/01/2012 - 10:00
W H Smith will branch out into Qatar after entering a franchise agreement with Al Meera Holding.
According to ArabianBusiness.com, the consumer goods company which is 26% owned by the Qatari government, has exclusive rights to...
Tue, 17/01/2012 - 09:30
Stationery retailer Viking has reported a “promising” start to its bookselling business, with “several thousand” orders taken since it entered the market in November, and steadily growing customer demand.
The Leicester-based company, owned by Office Depot, began by selling a range of 3,500 partially discounted...
Mon, 16/01/2012 - 08:19
The Booksellers Association is urging members to write to their MPs today expressing their concerns about the future of the High Street before a House of Commons debate on the subject tomorrow (17th January).
Following Mary Portas' December report about what changes are needed to ensure a thriving future high street, backbench...
Fri, 13/01/2012 - 16:58
Simon and Schuster will release blockbuster writer Jackie Collins’ backlist in digital format at the end of the month.
The publisher bought the novelist’s first 20 titles from Pan Macmillan in June 2011 when it announced it would also publish Collins’ new work as e-books, along with promising a “huge...
Fri, 13/01/2012 - 10:27
One of England's brightest young cricketers has signed a two-book deal with Simon & Schuster, with the publisher aiming to make the first title, an illustrated book entitled Stuart Broad's World of Cricket, "one of the biggest sports books of 2012".
S&S hopes to push further into sports publishing...
Fri, 13/01/2012 - 08:20
Foyles has said that it aims to "keep up the momentum" of business growth in 2012 though store expansion, website growth and developing specialist areas within its flagship store on Charing Cross Road. It has also hinted at the possibility of taking the Foyles brand overseas for the first time in its 108-year history.
Fri, 13/01/2012 - 08:10
Members of six organisations have announced they will gather to lobby parliament on cuts to library services on 13th March.
It is the first time the alliance of UNISON, the National Federation of Women's Institutes (NFWI), Voices for the Library, The Library Campaign, Campaign for the Book and the Chartered Institute of Library...
Fri, 13/01/2012 - 08:06
Wayne Winstone, former head of children's books for Ottakar's and Waterstones and commercial director for the Travelling Book Company, is to launch an independent bookshop in Sherborne, Dorset, next month. Winstone hopes the shop will be the first of several independent booksellers under his ownership.
Winstone aims to expand...
Fri, 13/01/2012 - 08:05
The earnings of German book retailer Thalia's parent group Douglas Holding will be hit by the need to transfer its book business online and embrace the potential of e-books, the company said.
Profit-before-tax for Douglas, which also runs perfume, make-up and confectionary chains, fell to €200m from €292.9m last...
Thu, 12/01/2012 - 15:30
The Booksellers Association has dismissed volunteer-run libraries as "unsustainable", as part of its submission to the Culture, Media & Sport select committee inquiry into library closures. The BA was joined by the Publishers Association and the Society of Authors in sending written statements to the DCMS ahead of the committee...