Mon, 05/12/2011 - 12:38
This morning we opened the doors to more than 500 delegates attending the FutureBook Conference 2011, our annual event looking at and discussing the digital book business.
This year’s conference is the biggest yet. In fact, aside from May’s Bookseller Industry Awards, it is the biggest single event we have ever staged...
Tue, 22/11/2011 - 09:58
AP Watt triumphed at last night's Colman Getty PEN quiz in central London, beating a 23-strong field of publishers, agents and newspaper groups.
The Times and The Daily Telegraph were joint second with The Guardian and Independent fourth equal. Little, Brown was the most successful publisher,...
Thu, 17/11/2011 - 11:16
Over the next few weeks you will notice changes to our website. Our intention is to move more of our exclusive content, in news, books and charts, to the secure part of the site accessible only to subscribers.
When you hit the paywall, it will be pretty clear how you can access the relevant pages—essentially you have to log in...
Fri, 04/11/2011 - 10:22
A confident James Daunt toasted the future at a major party held last night in central London, an occasion that also saw new Waterstone's chairman of the board Miranda Curtis introduced to the book trade.
"We have a big project ahead of us," said Daunt, who arrived as Waterstone's managing director in the summer. He...
Wed, 26/10/2011 - 16:13
The Office of Fair Trading has delayed its verdict thrice before delivering what is plainly a wrong decision—to clear the merger betwen Amazon and The Book Depository. Perhaps the bureaucrat's intention was to show how it agonised over its verdict.
In justifying its bizarre decision, the OFT resolved that taking over The...
Fri, 21/10/2011 - 08:26
Little, Brown is hailing its Steve Jobs biography, released worldwide on Monday (17th October) as the biggest non-fiction book of the year after the publisher subbed in 275,000 copies across the UK and Commonwealth territories. Simon & Schuster has US rights.
Little Brown c.e.o. Ursula Mackenzie acquired the book on a pre-empt at...
Wed, 19/10/2011 - 10:31
So finally Julian Barnes has got his Booker, in what is proving to be an extremely interesting year for our top literary prize—and it may prove to be an excellent result for the book trade.
All the talk on the night before was of Andrew Kidd's new literary prize ("sour grapes" was mentioned by some, others thought...
Fri, 07/10/2011 - 10:37
The BA's call for the government and publishers to help indies survive is long overdue, but, in reality, the greater power to save them lies with publishers.
The BA was prompted to act by a sharpening in the decline in indie numbers; net losses are now running at around 50 a year. With 1,100 in BA membership, and the rate of...
Fri, 07/10/2011 - 10:30
Readers are being urged to take part in The Bookseller's Reader Survey, in light of the fast-moving developments in the book market.
The survey aims to discover what readers expect of The Bookseller's coverage of trade issues across news, features and profiles, both in print and online. The survey can be...
Thu, 29/09/2011 - 09:28
Once a year, the book trade contrives to produce a genuinely exciting consumer event and once a year, without fail, the trade contrives to ignore it.
It's not as if Super Thursday is hard to predict. It happens naturally, a serendipitous byproduct of the trade releasing books on one or two Thursdays a month, and September having...