Tue, 16/06/2009 - 14:53
The British Guild of Travel Writers is to offer in-store travel events to any bookseller that sells travel guides, as part of its strategy to reduce the effect of W H Smith Travel's exclusive deal with Penguin. The Guild has also written to the Office of Fair Trade arguing that the deal is "anti-competitive".
Mon, 15/06/2009 - 05:55
W H Smith has sought to play down the effect its exclusive deal with Penguin will have on the travel market saying that it captures only 5.6% of retail travel book sales. The deal, revealed first in The Bookseller 10 days ago, has faced a barrage of criticism from travel writers, and rival companies. The Guardian reports that...
Sun, 14/06/2009 - 10:09
The Society of Authors (SoA) and the Outdoor Writers and Photographers Guild (OWPG) have become the latest writers' groups to hit out at W H Smith's exclusive deal with Penguin, as rival travel publishers say they are bracing themselves for a "whopping great returns" list. The Bookseller revealed last week that W H...
Fri, 12/06/2009 - 08:01
The news that Penguin and W H Smith have signed a deal giving the publisher exclusivity for its foreign travel guides in WHS travel stores has generated much heat on our website.
It is a deal that appears markedly different depending on where you stand. For fellow travel publishers, the exclusion will be a painful one, particularly since...
Thu, 11/06/2009 - 10:52
Penguin has acquired a title on how to cope with a range of scenarios in life from being shot at to delivering a baby. Caroline Michel at PFD sold world rights to Helen Conford, editorial director of Penguin Press.
James Shepherd-Barron's book is provisionally titled The Deep Field Survival Hand Book and will be published by...
Thu, 11/06/2009 - 08:30
Travel publisher Lonely Planet has launched a campaign using social networking websites to warn travellers about its books no longer being available at W H Smith's travel stores.
The BBC-owned publisher is now actively telling people to buy their branded guides before travelling after The Bookseller revealed last week that...
Wed, 10/06/2009 - 16:30
Response has travelled far and wide to the news that Penguin has signed an exclusive deal with W H Smith Travel to solely sell its foreign travel guides. Since we broke the story last Friday, national newspapers and blogs have adopted and adapted the story.
First off the mark was The Times, which reported the deal on Monday....
Mon, 08/06/2009 - 08:08
The British Guild of Travel Writers has questioned W H Smith's decision to sign an exclusive arrangement with Penguin that will see only its 'foreign' guides available for sale at WHS' travel outlets. Guild chairman Melissa Shales said the decision could damage rival publishers and called for a boycott of Penguin's guides...
Mon, 08/06/2009 - 07:49
How would you like it if you went to the biscuit counter in Tesco’s and were offered a choice of nothing but Rich Tea or chocolate digestives?
There is nothing intrinsically wrong with either biscuit – stalwart national favourites for decades, but I personally really like hobnobs, and you might prefer shortbread. OK –...
Sun, 07/06/2009 - 10:51
Penguin is believed to have signed an exclusive deal with W H Smith Travel to be the sole supplier of foreign travel guides in its airports, motorway, railway and hospital shops. Sources have told The Bookseller that the deal will begin next week and last for 12 months. The contract will mean that Penguin's travel imprints,...