• Sat, 03/07/2010 - 15:39

    You're now about a third of the way through the new Bookseller, and this might be a good opportunity to explain the changes.

    The story starts, as is so often the way these days, with the web. The past year has shown us how powerful our website has become in terms of breaking stories, and generating
    opinion, and that is changing...

  • Fri, 07/05/2010 - 11:47

    We awake today to the most febrile political situation since 1974, and the uncertainty that we have long been told is bad for business all around. For the book trade, there is much to play for.

    The electorate have dealt the politicians a hand that almost seems to guarantee instability in the immediate weeks and months. One scenario, a...

  • Fri, 07/05/2010 - 10:05

    As we write, the outcome of the general election remains uncertain but, as we outline in news this week, the trade has numerous demands stacking up for the incoming government, whatever its make-up.

    The possibility of a hung parliament has grown steadily throughout the campaign, and in such a scenario, the Liberal Democrats would be...

  • Wed, 07/04/2010 - 07:51

    The first titles from Bloomsbury's Arabian outpost, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation, were given the royal stamp of approval yesterday (7th April). The Queen, accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, attended a reception at Windsor Castle to mark launch of the Foundation, and the publication of its first three original titles.

    Sheikha Mozah...

  • Wed, 31/03/2010 - 17:44

    Since he took the top job at Waterstone's in January, Dominic Myers has been mastering the detail of the business and has now unveiled the broad strokes of how he intends to reinvigorate Waterstone's.

    By sheer coincidence Blackwell, a business Myers ran for three years up to 2005, has unveiled its latest figures, showing a loss of...

  • Tue, 23/02/2010 - 14:18

    Orion chief executive Peter Roche has struck a note of caution over e-books, warning "we must not allow excitement over the digital revolution to distract us from the other 98% of our business which remains printed books".

    He pointed out that although e-book sales were growing fast, they represented only a tiny part of Orion...

  • Thu, 04/02/2010 - 13:39

    US bibliographic data provider Bowker has increased its presence in the UK, purchasing Book Marketing Limited from Publishing News Ltd. Jo Henry, managing director of BML, and colleagues Steve Bohme and Rachel Levin will move across to Bowker's offices next week.

    "BML is a great strategic fit in our Business Intelligence...

  • Thu, 14/01/2010 - 12:43

    HMV Group chief executive Simon Fox has pledged to take a greater interest in Waterstone's after his right-hand man Dominic Myers stepped into Gerry Johnson's shoes as managing director with immediate effect following a poor Christmas at the nationwide book chain.

    "I will be keeping a very close eye on things . . . improving...

  • Thu, 07/01/2010 - 08:41

    Forget the Costas or the recession—the big story this week is the snow and what it will do to book sales. In my former life on Retail Week I soon came to understand how important the weather was for most retailer sectors, and the next few days will be a good test, for me anyway, of how much impact it has on selling books.

    Weather...

  • Wed, 23/12/2009 - 08:47

    It is easy in the midst of a nail-biting Christmas to forget what a successful decade this has been for the book trade. Ten years ago British book sales were worth around £1.25bn; this year they will equate to some £1.75bn. Around 240 million books will be sold in the UK this year (compared to 154 million in 2000), with 128,000...

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