Fri, 17/05/2013 - 09:51
Booksellers from across Europe have urged European Commission representatives to act over the use of closed e-book systems by major market players such as Apple and Amazon.
At the European and International Booksellers Federation conference in Brussels yesterday (16th May), industry members from different countries urged the...
Thu, 16/05/2013 - 09:40
Amazon.co.uk paid £3.2m in UK tax last year, after making £7.7m in profit, according to accounts filed at Companies House today (15th May). Its turnover for the year to 31st December 2012 was put at £320m.
Both profits and turnover figures represented year-on-year rises, with profit up over 500% and turnover up 54...
Thu, 16/05/2013 - 09:00
Trade publishing in the US grew by nearly 7% in 2012, according to data from BookStats, a statistics programme compiled by the Association of American Publishers and Book Industry Study Group.
Sales were up 6.9% to $15.1bn, with unit growth up 8.1% across the year, while total industry sales fell by just under 1% to $27.1bn, mainly...
Fri, 10/05/2013 - 09:04
The Charing Cross Road Festival—Love Charing Cross Road—will return to the famous London street on 22nd-23rd June, this time spanning two days instead of one.
The partnership was struck up between businesses on the street, including Foyles and Blackwell’s, last summer, to attract customers back to Charing Cross Road...
Thu, 09/05/2013 - 15:40
Online retailer Pages has launched today (9th May) selling only books by independent publishers.
The new start-up, at www.the-pages.co.uk, is offering e-books and print books by Slightly Foxed, Legend Press, Wabi Sabi Press, Trolley Books, Matador Publishing, Biteback/The Robson Press and...
Thu, 09/05/2013 - 09:45
Seven debut authors feature on the 10-strong list of summer Richard and Judy Book Club reads at W H Smith, as the retailer launches a new Book Club website featuring exclusive content.
The seven debut novels are: Tigers in Red Weather by Liza Klaussmann (Picador); The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker (Simon...
Wed, 08/05/2013 - 09:00
Sainsbury's and Amazon have joined the list of the partners for this year's Fiction Uncovered, which already includes Foyles, Kobo and Nudge.
Fiction Uncovered, now in its third year, promotes eight living British writers of any age who have already published at least one novel or short story collection. This year's list...
Fri, 03/05/2013 - 09:26
An essay by Ann Patchett written in praise of bookshops, prints featuring handwritten texts by authors, and competitive deals from Penguin and Orion are to be offered exclusively to indie bookshops for Independent Booksellers Week.
So far, a record 350 shops have signed up to take part in the promotion, which runs from 29th June...
Thu, 02/05/2013 - 09:15
Waterstones has pledged to raise £200,000 a year for Booktrust's new Children's Reading Fund, focusing on one of the Fund's key aims of helping children in care have access to books.
The retailer is a founding partner of the Fund.
As part of its fundraising, Waterstones has launched "Maytilda"...
Wed, 01/05/2013 - 16:53
Illustrator Rebecca Hendin has created a giant artwork entitled ‘All Paths Lead to Foyles’ to hang across the site of the bookseller's future flagship store on Charing Cross Road, central London.
The artwork, which was unveiled today (1st May), was jointly commissioned by Foyles and Saint Martins Lofts, the new owners...