Mon, 11/02/2013 - 11:34
Foyles is to make up to eight employees redundant as it seeks to "counter the downturn in sales" and scale its operating costs so that they are "proportionate to the business".
The news comes as the iconic bookseller launches the first of its two "bookshop workshops'" at which it will crowd-source...
Fri, 08/02/2013 - 11:50
Mon, 04/02/2013 - 12:34
E-book publisher RosettaBooks is to open an office in London, its first outside of the US.
The investment signals an ambition to acquire more titles from UK agents including UK rights, as well as to exploit its growing list worldwide. The UK office will be run by Jonathan Ward.
Arthur Klebanoff [pictured], who founded New...
Fri, 01/02/2013 - 16:53
In an open letter, published online this week and in The Bookseller, Foyles chief executive Sam Husain has called for greater publisher support. The bookshop model is broken: it needs a rethink. Big publishers have not exactly rushed...
Wed, 30/01/2013 - 09:30
Despite fluctuating margins and slowing growth, Amazon’s shares rose after the giant e-tailer posted its 2012 and fourth-quarter financials. Amazon emphasised the shift in its business away from physical products, describing its e-book business as a “multi-billion dollar category”, compared to physical book sales, which...
Fri, 25/01/2013 - 10:26
The book business is often accused of sleepwalking into situations it later regrets: Amazon; the end of the Net Book Agreement; the ultimately uneconomic growth of the big-box retailers over the past two decades. Is the 20p e-book another example of this?
The promotion was started by Sony last summer, and went largely unnoticed until...
Thu, 24/01/2013 - 09:30
E-book sales figures from trade publishers show the huge impact price continues to have on digital sales, with Sony’s 20p e-book promotion becoming a prime driver of sales for some publishers.
Last week The Bookseller revealed the the top trade publishers saw aggregate e-book growth of around 120%, with agency-model...
Tue, 22/01/2013 - 11:35
The collapse of HMV and of the DVD rental chain Blockbuster provide real lessons to anyone working in the content industries, whether they are retailers, creators or distributors. The Sunday Times may think otherwise (last week it reported that print books were “bouncing back”) but the reality is not nuanced: this digital...
Fri, 18/01/2013 - 09:30
E-book sales at the top trade publishers doubled in 2012, meaning that the UK e-book market grew to £250m, putting the overall book market back in the black after a transitional 12 months for the trade.
Last week, for the first time, The Bookseller published e-book volume numbers for the biggest-selling titles of the...
Wed, 16/01/2013 - 10:40
What is the true size of the consumer e-book market in the UK?
Last week as part of our analysis of the top titles of the year we published e-book volume sales for 2012. It was the first time we've had such data, and the numbers allowed us to take a more reasoned view of this nascent market.
Our analysis is available...