Thu, 31/01/2013 - 14:00
Rachel Russell and I meet at the Book Industry Conference where the talk is about bookaholics, reinvigorating backlist sales and pan-industry initiatives. The last subject is something that Russell, W H Smith's business director for books, is set to experience first hand. She becomes vice-chairman of World Book Day in 2010, taking over as...
Thu, 31/01/2013 - 13:55
W H Smith's head of books Rachel Russell is leaving her role to head up the retailer's general merchandising department.
Russell has worked in books for WHS for nine years and will take up her new post in March. Jackie Wing, currently director of fiction and digital, will take over as head of books, with Alistair Aldous,...
Thu, 30/08/2012 - 09:50
Hachette dominates the Richard and Judy Autumn Book Club picks for 2012 announced by W H Smith, with four out of 10 titles on the list.
The promotion launches today (30th August) with the first pick promoted by the chain retailer being Orion's Secrets of the Tides by Hannah Richell. The other Hachette choices to...
Fri, 27/04/2012 - 09:14
Publishers are moving quickly to capitalise on the spectacular success of Century’s erotic romance Fifty Shades of Grey, with W H Smith books business unit director Rachel Russell predicting that “a new sub-genre can be created and sustained” if publishing houses seize the opportunity. The E L James trilogy-opener...
Tue, 20/03/2012 - 08:30
Schoolchildren will be encouraged to cash in their World Book Day vouchers by visiting W H Smith stores as part of a partnership between the National Literacy Trust and retail landlord British Land.
British Land has committed £35,000 to fund projects in four communities close to its retail assets in Glasgow, Speke, Rotherham...
Thu, 05/01/2012 - 09:10
Harper has scored two of the eight spots in Richard & Judy's Spring Book Club, with the titles unveiled today. The line-up also includes S J Watson's Before I Go to Sleep (Transworld) which will appear in the next series of More4's...
Wed, 23/11/2011 - 08:30
W H Smith has launched a colour WiFi Kobo e-reader, priced £169.99 and with a multimedia touch screen and social media tie-in.
The Kobo Vox, which is available from today (23rd November) in more than 650 WHS stores and online, has a seven-inch, anti-glare screen, and a full colour screen as well as video and audio technology...
Thu, 29/09/2011 - 09:25
Titles by Roald Dahl, Rod Campbell and Janet and Allan Ahlberg are included in the selection for the third Richard and Judy's Children's Christmas Book Club, launched today in W H Smith stores.
The 12 Richard and Judy Children's Christmas Book Club titles are now available at specially discounted prices at W H Smith, with...
Thu, 23/06/2011 - 16:34
Retailers have criticised J K Rowling's decision to sell the Harry Potter e-books directly through the Pottermore website, with Waterstone's saying physical bookshops are "effectively banned" from selling the digital editions.
Thu, 12/05/2011 - 09:45
Analysis has revealed that £4.6m of books were sold under the W H Smith Spring Richard and Judy Book Club promotion, as the retailer released the celebrity couple's new summer titles.
The eight Spring Book Club titles have sold 853,000 copies across the book trade since the promotion launched in January, according to...