Fri, 18/01/2013 - 10:52
French culture minister Aurélie Filippetti has dismissed the idea of abolishing the 5% discount on book prices allowed under the 1981 Lang Law.
"It could be very dangerous" politically to reform the law, and would "not be a very good signal" to consumers, but would benefit all retailers including Amazon, she...
Fri, 14/12/2012 - 08:00
Independent booksellers say they are benefiting from a growing backlash against Amazon following high-profile media coverage of the retailer's corporation tax avoidance.
David Dawkins, bookseller at Pages of Hackney, said: "We have certainly seen a small influx of new customers who say they want to be an ethical consumer and...
Fri, 04/05/2012 - 08:10
Hachette Livre has today (4th May) reduced the retail prices of e-books to the level of the paperback equivalents of about 2,000 literary titles published in hardback.
Until now, the prices of all the group's e-books have been 20% to 25% lower than for the hardback equivalents.
The decision is a new stage in...
Fri, 16/03/2012 - 08:10
Publishers need to emerge from the shadow of Nielsen BookScan and use their own judgement while improving non-fiction books in order to beat the digital onslaught, delegates at the Independent Publishers Guild's 50th conference heard last week.
Publishers need to become "pricing experts" and think more dynamically when...
Mon, 20/02/2012 - 08:20
Publishers are continuing to experiment with e-book pricing, as sales and marketing teams balance pressure from low-priced, self-published content with concern over consumers' perception of e-book value. Independent publishers have been trialling a 99p e-book price on selected titles, with larger publishers also reporting a more flexible...
Mon, 12/12/2011 - 08:25
Amazon.co.uk has announced its New Year discounting already, launching what it calls "January Deals" today (12th December). The promotion is usually run in December, but this is its earliest launch date yet.
The internet retailer is advertising "Christmas Shopping at January Prices" offering half price or more off...
Fri, 10/06/2011 - 15:30
Penguin has defended the £30 r.r.p. price of Jamie Oliver's new cookbook as "fantastic value" after retailers accused the company of "profiteering".
Many booksellers have noted the price of potential bestselling hardback books out in September and October in time for the Christmas rush "creeping up...
Fri, 30/04/2010 - 06:58
Amazon.com has cut the price of "a number of new hardcover books" published by Penguin to $9.99 (£6.50), in what appears to be another dispute over e-book pricing, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Mon, 18/01/2010 - 10:11
Last month I spoke at The Bookseller's FutureBook conference on a familiar topic: the lessons that publishing can learn from the music industry. Most of these are now well known, so we tried to focus on the less obvious points. It struck me that one important difference between record labels and publishers is that (apart from one brief period...
Wed, 30/09/2009 - 07:19
An overwhelming majority of publishers believe that e-books should be less expensive than the printed version, but only 15% support Amazon.com flat-rate of $9.99 on front-list titles, a survey from the Frankfurt Book Fair has suggested. The survey indicates that publishers remain unsure about how much cheaper e-books should be, with the FBF...