Wed, 10/04/2013 - 10:15
A new venture to offer digital short stories and long-form journalism to readers through a subscription package will launch this autumn, with Tim Waterstone as its non-executive chairman.
Read Petite is founded by agent Peter Cox and consultant Martyn Daniels, who will be joint managing directors of the new business. Former editor of...
Tue, 29/01/2013 - 11:18
The moment when HMV called in the administrators, although it had been predicted for a long time, was no less shocking for that. There was a genuine, collective wail of anguish from music fans for whom HMV was a core part of their mental landscape. Even if they went there less and less as they switched from CDs to iPods and downloads, it was...
Fri, 27/07/2012 - 08:30
Philip Jones has been promoted to be editor of The Bookseller. Jones, deputy editor and also editor of Futurebook—The Bookseller Group’s digital blog—succeeds editor-in-chief Neill Denny.
Denny, who has been editor-in-chief since October 2004, is leaving to follow new opportunities but will remain an...
Thu, 19/07/2012 - 13:05
It's hard to say so soon after the news of the Pearson deal exactly what it means, but here are some top-of-mind initial observations.
By spending over $116m (£74m) buying Author Solutions (which operates as Author House...
Mon, 16/07/2012 - 11:31
The issue of e-book lending by libraries is gradually building a head of steam as ownership of reading devices spreads. Put simply, libraries are risking a new form of irrelevance if they fail to offer an e-lending option to today’s digitally-savvy readers—and policy makers are starting to take note. A considerable number of...
Thu, 05/07/2012 - 15:21
This week is Independent Booksellers Week, with more than 300 independent booksellers participating in events up and down the land. The gloomy weather is a mixed blessing, good for reading if less good for shopping, but the damp is better for booksellers than searing heat.
Certainly the market as a whole has warmed up nicely in the...
Mon, 18/06/2012 - 10:15
For too long independent bookshops have been locked out of the growing e-book market, which has become to all intents and purposes a Kindle monopoly, but recent developments hold out the promise of a viable indie e-book offer.
Three outfits pitched their e-book platforms to an audience of booksellers at the BA a.g.m. last week. Anobii...
Mon, 11/06/2012 - 07:30
Organisers of the annual Catteshall Stroll, in memory of the late Random House group managing director Peter Bowron, are looking for more book trade teams to take part in this year's event.
Currently Random House, Hachette, Anova, The Book People and the Independent Alliance are confirmed, and the organisers are seeking at least...
Fri, 08/06/2012 - 10:22
How can digital be made to work in bookshops?
That is the huge underlying question that is exercising the minds of all of those with a stake in bookselling, with new approaches underway that may provide at least part of the answer.
One of those retailers grappling with the question takes the slightly unlikely form of
Wed, 06/06/2012 - 13:20
Reed Exhibitions, organiser of the London Book Fair, is not anticipating changing the traditional square-footage pricing model for next year's event, director of publishing and books Alistair Burtenshaw has said.
Speaking at BookExpo America, Burtenshaw said it was "business as usual" as far as 2013's LBF was...