Wed, 06/08/2008 - 07:42
Academic retailer Blackwell has marked the first phase of its digital refresh with the launch of a new website at blackwell.co.uk. The Oxford-based bookseller also plans to launch an electronic loyalty-card as well as a range of "social networking tools"....
Mon, 04/08/2008 - 07:43
Jeff Jarvis in the Guardian discovers that Paulo Coelho likes all things digital, even pirating his own novels to offer them free on the internet, which got him into trouble with then head of HarperCollins Jane Friedman.
Coelho discovered the power of free when a fan posted a Russian translation of one of his novels online and...
Wed, 16/07/2008 - 15:04
We all do things without really thinking through the long-term implications. It’s called the Law of Unforeseen Consequences, a concept popularised by sociologist Robert K Merton. History is littered with examples, and the Law of Unforeseen Consequences has been whipping through the UK book market ever since the collapse of the Net Book...
Wed, 09/07/2008 - 07:54
Germans publishers sales through online retailers grew by 21% in 2007, according to market figures put out by the German trade association. The growth helped the German book industry come back from almost three years in the doldrums to deliver record figures in 2007 with sales up 3.4% to €9.6bn (£7.6bn).
The performance, as...
Tue, 01/07/2008 - 07:11
The Danish online bookselling market is set for a shake-up following the arrival of the feisty Swedish etailer Adlibris. The Danish site recently went live with 2.5m titles "in stock", and follows the company's expansion into Norway and Finland, having opened in its native Sweden in 1997. It now boasts that it is Scandinavia's...
Wed, 25/06/2008 - 13:53
Contrary to popular belief, writing a blog is not simply about having an online diary. Writing a blog is, in fact, about keeping in regular contact with your readers. It’s a brilliant and beneficial marketing tool.
When The Mousehunter was launched back in January, I started a blog in order to raise people’s awareness of my...
Wed, 25/06/2008 - 08:10
Faber is launching a new website with a fully integrated e-commerce facility. The new site, which will be live by the end of today (Wednesday), will be "at the heart" of Faber's new digital marketing strategy, the independent publisher said.
The site, which Faber said represented "a complete re-think" of its web...
Wed, 25/06/2008 - 07:50
Simon & Schuster in the US has signed a deal with LibreDigital to provide digital distribution for its electronic content.
LibreDigital will support the S&S digital warehouse, which will be the central source for all book content, supporting the publisher's e-commerce operations including the distribution of e-books and...
Tue, 24/06/2008 - 14:09
Tue, 03/06/2008 - 07:54
Online retailing is continuing to boom in the UK despite pessimism about the economy, reports the BBC.
The amount of money spent by consumers shopping online increased by 35% to £14.7bn last year, according to a survey from retail analyst Verdict Research.
The growth rate - the fastest in six years - is about 10 times that...