Fri, 03/05/2013 - 09:26
An essay by Ann Patchett written in praise of bookshops, prints featuring handwritten texts by authors, and competitive deals from Penguin and Orion are to be offered exclusively to indie bookshops for Independent Booksellers Week.
So far, a record 350 shops have signed up to take part in the promotion, which runs from 29th June...
Tue, 30/10/2012 - 09:00
Members of the public have voted Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? by Jeanette Winterson (Vintage) as the winner of the Independent Booksellers’ Book Prize 2012.
The children’s winner meanwhile was One Dog and His Boy (Marion Lloyd Books) by the late Eva Ibbotson.
Members of the public...
Tue, 03/07/2012 - 09:30
As Independent Booksellers Week gets into full swing, the Booksellers Association has released figures to suggest outlets with cafes are likely to have higher sales than those without.
Figures based on a survey of 40 BA members reveal that bookshops with cafes saw a 3% growth in overall turnover in 2011, whereas those without...
Mon, 18/07/2011 - 08:44
Christian bookselling chain Living Oasis has admitted only one of its branches is making any profit as it culled another shop last week, reducing its total number of stores from 19 to four in just four months.
Living Oasis Cheltenham shut up shop last Friday (8th July), becoming the chain’s fifth closure in four weeks. Ray...
Fri, 04/03/2011 - 09:12
National Reading Group Day is among the new features designed to boost the importance of indie retailers during this year’s Independent Booksellers Week.
The Booksellers Association has just announced that the annual IBW will take place between June 18-25th. The key aim this year is to boost the number of retailers taking part,...
Tue, 28/09/2010 - 08:45
Man Booker-winner Hilary Mantel and ex-Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo have won Independent Booksellers Week awards, voted for by bookshops customers.
Mantel's Wolf Hall (Fourth Estate) won the adult category while Morpurgo's Running Wild (HarperCollins Children's Books) took home the children'...
Thu, 10/06/2010 - 07:54
The Booksellers Association has said it is "shocked and saddened" after Corbett's Bookshops went into administration, putting 18 jobs on the line.
The chain of four bookshops went into administration on 1st June citing months of difficult trading against the backdrop of the recession and competition from the internet,...
Tue, 20/04/2010 - 15:27
US initiative Indiebound will be launched across 200 UK bookshops next week with adaptable point of sale items, branded bookmarks and paper bags, LBF delegates were told today (20th April).
Speaking at the Independent Initiatives Seminar on Tuesday afternoon, Meryl Halls, head of membership services at the Booksellers Association,...
Wed, 10/02/2010 - 09:58
The Booksellers Association’s Meryl Halls has called on readers to support independent bookshops which are "fighting so hard to survive". Halls was responding to a...
Mon, 08/02/2010 - 07:51
Independent numbers dwindled last year with almost two shops closing a week and Booksellers Association figures revealing the biggest net closure since 2004. During a tough trading year in 2009, 102 indies closed and just 40 opened, meaning there are 62 fewer indie bookshops than there were in 2008. The figures include those who have joined the...