Mon, 09/12/2013 - 10:22
Booksellers have hailed the first UK Small Business Saturday, held this weekend (7th December) as a “great success", with many reporting an increase in sales and footfall.
The Small Business Saturday initiative, encouraging consumers to shop at their local small businesses, started in the US three years ago. It came to the...
Fri, 06/12/2013 - 09:30
Low salaries are said to remain a major obstacle for bookshop managers looking to recruit and retain knowledgeable, passionate staff.
According to Prospects, a graduate careers advice service, typical bookseller starting salaries are between £12,000–£17,000 per annum, and £20,000–£40,000 at senior...
Thu, 05/12/2013 - 12:09
Every retail premise with a rateable value of up to £50,000 will receive a discount of £1,000 off their bill for the next two years, chancellor George Osborne has announced.
The chancellor announced the measure in today's Autumn Statement, alongside a new "reoccupation relief" set to halve rates for new...
Thu, 05/12/2013 - 10:01
The chancellor George Osborne is set to announce that the rise in business rates will be capped at a below-inflation 2% in England and Wales next year when he announces the Autumn Statement later this morning.
Business rates were set to rise by 3.2% next April, but the increase has been the subject of intense criticism by retail...
Wed, 04/12/2013 - 09:40
Tesco’s e-book platform Blinkbox Books will not get its public launch until March 2014 at the earliest, The Bookseller understands.
The online platform is currently being tested in beta form by Tesco staff who have been given the supermarket’s own-brand...
Wed, 04/12/2013 - 09:15
The Government of Québec has confirmed it will table legislation in the New Year expected to limit discounts on new books to 10%.
But while the move would address an important challenge facing independent booksellers, it would hurt the sector in general, the Canadian bookselling industry has said.
The mainly French-...
Tue, 03/12/2013 - 08:20
Online sales of non-food products grew 16% year-on-year in November, with £1 in every £5 spent online. Sales are also set to soar in the run-up to Christmas, according to the head of KPMG.
The British Retail Consortium (BRC) reported that the four-week period from 27th October to 3rd November was the fastest growth...
Mon, 02/12/2013 - 11:54
The London Review Bookshop, opened in 2003 by the London Review of Books, has just turned 10.
It also has a new manager, Natalia de la Ossa, who joined in June after stints as manager of the children’s section in Blackwell’s Oxford and manager of Under the Greenwood Tree, an independent children’s bookshop...
Mon, 02/12/2013 - 11:41
Amazon is testing drones called "Octocopters" which could potentially deliver customers' orders in half an hour.
Amazon’s founder Jeff Bezos told America’s CBS television programme "60 Minutes" yesterday (1st December)...
Mon, 02/12/2013 - 09:43
Publishers and retailers are expecting a major boost in spending today (2nd December), as shoppers head online for "Cyber Monday".
Also known as Mega Monday, it is expected to be the busiest ever shopping day online.
Visa Europe is estimating that £450m will be spent online today, with around 7.7m transactions...