Fri, 26/09/2014 - 09:50
Celebrities and authors including Graham Norton and Ross Kemp have thrown their weight behind the industry-wide Book Are My Bag initiative, as Super Thursday (9th October)—the scheme’s launch day—nears.
A stellar line-up of big names, a limited edition tote bag designed by British artist Tracey Emin, and a packed...
Thu, 25/09/2014 - 08:20
Fnac, the largest French cultural products chain, will open seven new local stores in France and abroad by the end of the year.
Two will be conversions of existing stores in Belleville-sur-Saöne and Crest in southern France, and three will be in the Portuguese towns of Setubal, Faro and Oeiras. The so-called local stores are...
Wed, 24/09/2014 - 09:40
Sales at crisis-hit Tesco tumbled 4.5% year-on-year in the three months to 14th September, according to the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel.
Tesco’s market share is down from 30.2% in the same period last year to 28.8%.
Overall grocery market growth slowed to a new record low of 0.3%, the lowest level...
Wed, 24/09/2014 - 09:30
Amazon is said to be in talks with a number of Dutch publishers over the sale of e-books in the Netherlands, according to a Financial Times report.
Sander Knol, director of Dutch publisher Xander, is quoted as saying Amazon has approached his company "and so we are getting close."
Mon, 22/09/2014 - 11:42
Lingham's Booksellers, a former Bookseller Industry Awards Independent Bookseller of the Year, has been put up for sale.
Husband and wife owners Eleanor and Peter Davies have put the award-winning store in Heswall, Wirral, on the market because at 65, they want to retire.
Lingham’s won the Independent Bookseller of...
Mon, 22/09/2014 - 09:10
“The tide is turning” on bookshops’ attitudes towards stocking self-published titles, new developments suggest.
The Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi) founder Orna Ross agreed there had been “movement” as a result of ALLi’s #OpenUpToIndies campaign earlier in the year. The initiative called on...
Tue, 16/09/2014 - 10:00
Endless LLP has invested between £10m-£20m for co-founder Ted Smart's share of The Book People, The Bookseller understands.
The company's other co-founder, Seni Glaister, led a management buy-out of the company from Smart yesterday (15th September), backed by venture capital company Endless LLP. ...
Fri, 12/09/2014 - 09:20
Amazon is to move to London offices near ‘Silicon Roundabout’, nearly trebling its head office workforce to 5,000.
The e-commerce giant will relocate from its current base in Slough to 15-storey Principal Place in Shoreditch in 2017, located near many other tech and web-based UK companies, which has led to the area being...
Thu, 11/09/2014 - 09:30
In mid-July, insolvent German book chain and mail order company Weltbild took the unusual step of walking away from a deal with private equity company Paragon. At the same time, administrator Arndt Geiwitz presented Droege International Group as the new majority owner to take the stricken business forward.
Eight weeks on, the new...
Tue, 09/09/2014 - 09:00
The British Chamber of Commerce has set out a "Business plan for Britain", calling for a business rates freeze until 2017.
In its manifesto, the BCC calls for wide-ranging action from the next UK government to achieve a “more confident and more enterprising Britain.”
As part of this, the chamber has...