Fri, 23/09/2011 - 15:09
The aftershocks of the financial crash of 2008 continue to reverberate, with the latest, and perhaps most unlikely, place to feel its malign influence being the commercial women’s fiction market. Have the bankers done for Bridget Jones?
Certainly, although the economy technically exited the recession caused by the crash over a...
Fri, 16/09/2011 - 10:49
The introduction of differential pricing is apparently under consideration at Waterstone's.
So, instead of a single price across almost 300 stores, individual books would sport different prices, shop by shop. It would be impractical, and amost impossible, to have a different price in every store; more likely, the new structure of...
Fri, 09/09/2011 - 10:47
Another week, and another two major pieces of the new Waterstone's hove into view: dropping paid-for promotions, and bringing in a branded e-reader.
This comes after scrapping three for two last week, but my understanding now is that an even more radical change in retailing philosophy is in prospect. The intention is to bring in...
Wed, 31/08/2011 - 11:53
The deadline for people to submit titles for inclusion in next year's World Book Night is only hours away, with To Kill A Mockingbird the current number one choice.
A total of over 8,000 books have been nominated by the public over the summer. Julia Kingsford, c.e.o. of World Book Night, said: "The most interesting...
Fri, 29/07/2011 - 17:39
As the award ages, the Man Booker becomes ever more significant. Arguably, it is the single most important prize for a book in the world; we are a long way from Julian Barnes' "posh bingo".
The announcement of the "Booker Dozen" this week fires the starting gun for 2011. Whoever triumphs at the Guildhall on...
Thu, 21/07/2011 - 09:00
John Blake has signed a book by a journalist-turned-lawyer on the Rupert Murdoch story, for publication next February.
Called The Rise and Fall of the Murdoch Empire the book will be written by John Lisners, who worked for Murdoch in America, Australia and Britain before leaving to take up law a decade ago.
Fri, 15/07/2011 - 11:41
The national media has been consumed all week by the spectacle of erstwhile political enemies combining to fight an overweening American interloper. Could the book trade be about to experience a similar tipping point?
The news that the IPG and the PA are combining to call for an enquiry into Amazon’s takeover of The Book...
Fri, 08/07/2011 - 10:46
In a typically bold—and at the same time secretive—move, Amazon has swooped on The Book Depository (TBD), thereby tightening its stranglehold on the online physical book market.
Our estimates of Amazon’s UK market share in this area hover around 70%, with TBD chipping in with another 10% or so. Exact figures are...
Fri, 17/06/2011 - 08:18
We Love This Book, The Bookseller's sister consumer magazine and website, launches next week with a circulation of 100,000.
The free quarterly magazine is designed to alert readers to exciting new books and to provide a platform for publishers to market their titles direct to the public.
Fri, 10/06/2011 - 09:04
The argument over whether cover prices should be set by publishers, not retailers, and whether they should be on the jacket, was kicked around the trade a few years back, and the debate was won by those in favour of the status quo.
If that issue is a dormant volcano, the question of how much the price should be i...