Fri, 25/07/2014 - 09:50
Pearson has given a "competitive performance" in the last six months, but the impact of US and UK curriculum changes on business was "greater than expected", the company has said.
In the half year from February to July 2014, sales at the academic and educational publisher rose 2% to £2bn, primarily due...
Fri, 25/07/2014 - 09:30
Independent booksellers have voiced mixed reactions to the opening of Southwold Books, the first Waterstones bookshop to open under “independent” branding.
The store opened last Friday (18th July) to some controversy, after anti-chain store campaigners in the seaside town said it would lead to rent increases and drive out...
Fri, 25/07/2014 - 09:00
Three full-time staff across buying and marketing have left travel bookseller Stanfords.
Jon Woolcott, who was appointed buying and marketing director in January after leaving Waterstones head office, has decided to depart the company for family reasons....
Fri, 25/07/2014 - 08:50
Adaptations of novels by British authors make up 40% of the 20 top-grossing films worldwide since 2001.
A report in the British Film Institute’s statistical yearbook shows that between 2001-13, eight out of 20 of the world’s biggest film releases were based on novels by UK authors.
A further 32 of the world’s...
Thu, 24/07/2014 - 09:40
Waterstones is set to close two shops in its estate after failing to renegotiate the leases.
The Eastleigh and St Neots branches will close next month.
Both stores were small and took less than £500,000 in annual revenue and it is expected that the booksellers working there will be redeployed to other nearby Waterstones...
Thu, 24/07/2014 - 09:35
Newly-opened Southcart Books in Walsall is attempting to crowd fund an all “bells and whistles” children’s department.
Owners Scott Southey and his partner Amy Carter opened the store 10 weeks ago on a small government loan and say the business is performing “so far so good”.
However, the loan ran...
Wed, 23/07/2014 - 14:12
Potential strong sales from the newly released Man Booker longlist are threatened by the fact that a good proportion are as yet unpublished, some booksellers have said.
Of the longlisted books, five – Howard Jacobson's J...
Tue, 22/07/2014 - 09:40
The Best Little Bookshop has made a key appointment ahead of its beta launch.
The brainchild of Kieron Smith, former m.d of The Book Depository, online bookseller Best Little Bookshop has appointed Martin Hearn [pictured] as chief technical officer and will launch in the next few weeks.
Hearn has a wealth of previous...
Tue, 22/07/2014 - 09:30
A proportion of US customers are buying fewer books from Amazon as a result of its public row with Hachette over terms, a survey has found.
A questionnaire of over 5,300 people completed just three days ago on 19th July by the Codex Group, found that just over 39% of respondents said they were aware of the stand-off, according to...
Tue, 22/07/2014 - 09:15
Amazon’s UK publishing imprint Thomas & Mercer has signed a one-book deal with author Casey Kelleher.
Kelleher has previously self-published three books in the grit-lit genre through Amazon’s Kindle Direct Publishing platform - Rotten to the Core, Rise and Fall and Heartless – notching...