Thu, 19/11/2009 - 15:20
For some, he is one of the most important British novelists of his generation, a key member of the group (with Rushdie, McEwan and Barnes) that defined English literature in the 1980s and 1990s—and arguably still does. For others, he has become an embarrassing misogynist, an embarrassing old uncle screaming at the telly, whose best books...
Fri, 13/11/2009 - 13:47
Waterstone's has been placed firmly in the spotlight with a stinging attack on the chain by the Guardian.
In a piece headlined "How Waterstone's Crushed The Publishing Industry" Stuart Jeffries levels a series of charges against Waterstone's. Some are sideshows (there is nowhere to sit in the Gower Street branch to read...
Mon, 09/11/2009 - 13:00
The Book Trade Charity, BTBS, will organise a fund-raising week next June, replacing its previous main event, the Walkies.
Held from 7th June to 11th June next year, publishers and retailers will be encouraged to run their own events for BTBS funds, from quizzes to book sales and fun-runs. The fundraising target is £25,000 from the...
Sun, 18/10/2009 - 09:01
Books Etc is likely to vanish from the British high street by the end of the year after the small chain launched a closing down sale this week.
Philip Downer, chief executive of parent Borders UK, confirmed that six Books Etc shops in London and two Borders Express stores had "moved into a clearance format in the past few days...
Thu, 15/10/2009 - 14:00
Of all the significant book chains trading in Britain today, Borders has had the most turbulent recent history. It arrived here as an offshoot of the American chain in 1997, but has since changed hands twice in two years after the Americans retreated to shore up their domestic market. 2009 has been a particularly eventful year for Borders UK,...
Fri, 02/10/2009 - 12:06
Is “Super Thursday” a better idea for a pan-industry campaign, or is it just a tiny example of what a pan-industry campaign could be?
The mass media seem to have got the idea of Super Thursday into their collective imagination pretty easily. After we put a story in the magazine last Friday, the Guardian picked it up and did a...
Fri, 18/09/2009 - 11:15
Again this is a week in which the increasingly schizophrenic nature of the book trade is apparent.
On the positive side we have the enormous impact of the long-awaited Dan Brown, a book that had flitted in and out of Transworld's budget forecasts like a latter-day Shangri-La but is now, finally, a 509-page reality. Brown...
Fri, 18/09/2009 - 09:34
Say Viking and most people will imagine a bearded warrior leaping out a longship intent on rape and pillage. Among historians, though, a revisionist view has emerged of the Vikings as traders and settlers, skilled in jewellery, pottery and poetry.
In The Hammer and The Cross (Penguin Press, November), Robert Ferguson's one-...
Sun, 09/08/2009 - 16:00
Latest figures from Simon & Schuster show the downturn is biting hard. Operating profits tumbled 58.2% year on year from $14.6m to $6.1m in the second quarter of 2009, while total revenue slipped from $186m to $181.4m.
Profits for the first half of 2009 total $4m against $29.2m for the first half of 2008. Revenues for the same...
Thu, 02/07/2009 - 14:15
Waterstone's and W H Smith will slug it out for bookselling supremacy after being nominated for five awards each in this year's Bookseller Retail Awards. Ten independent bookshops, including a former winner The Torbay Bookshop, have also been nominated for awards.
Over 100 entries were received for the ten awards open...