Mon, 15/04/2013 - 09:17
The high street bookshops I represent are cultural and community beacons on the high street. They are full of enterprising and passionate booksellers, who run local events, innovate and—what’s more—are a key to the “discovery” of books for many book buyers.
However, there is no doubt they are facing...
Mon, 15/04/2013 - 06:30
The announcement last week that Chapitre.com will close nine of its 57 bookshops across France is just the latest in a string of bad news to hit cultural products retailers in French high streets.
Jörg Hagen, chairman of parent company Actissia, formerly DirectGroup France, said 271 staff out of...
Fri, 12/04/2013 - 09:23
A new-era HMV will continue to sell books, restructuring company Hilco has confirmed.
Former Waterstones employee Michael Neil will also remain as the chain’s commercial director.
Hilco announced last week (5th April) that it had bought 141 of the 230 HMV stores, including 25 previously earmarked for closure, in a deal...
Thu, 11/04/2013 - 15:57
The genius of the Books Are My Bag promotion is its simplicity. In many ways it has echoes of the more haphazard “Super Thursday”. Both work because their central messages are clear. One is the day a lot of big books are released. The other...
Thu, 11/04/2013 - 10:16
Book sales at W H Smith dropped 6% like-for-like in the six months to 28th February, according to the company's latest half-yearly financial results. However its range of Kobo e-readers and accessories saw a "strong performance", the company said.
W H Smith Group profit-before-tax increased 5% to £69m, even though...
Thu, 11/04/2013 - 09:30
British novelist Michelle Lovric and Strega Prize-winner Tiziano Scarpa are among a large group of authors backing a campaign to save Venice's bookshops.
There have been several recent losses due to rising rates and rents.
Around 100 authors have signed a manifesto with ideas to save bookshops in the city and at a public...
Mon, 08/04/2013 - 08:30
Independent booksellers are concerned the latest changes to postal charges will have a further negative impact on their businesses this year. Business rates increased by 2.6% this month, and Royal Mail changed its postal pricing at the same time.
Royal Mail began charging 30p more for a first-class parcel weighing up to 750g to...
Wed, 03/04/2013 - 09:40
Man Booker and Costa-winner Hilary Mantel could be in line for another prize for Bring Up The Bodies (Fourth Estate), after scoring a place on the Independent Bookseller Award shortlists, with fellow nominees David Walliams and Rachel Joyce thanking booksellers for their support.
Joyce’s The Unlikely Pilgrimage of...
Wed, 03/04/2013 - 08:00
Amazon and six US publishers have asked a US court to dismiss a lawsuit by three American independent booksellers which claimed they combined to restrict the sale of e-books through indie stores.
Amazon told the court in filings this week that the true reason the indie booksellers launched the lawsuit was because Amazon was "...
Tue, 02/04/2013 - 15:07
Amazon has agreed to buy Goodreads (the largest social network for readers) for an undisclosed sum thought to be in excess of $150m.
There has been plenty of speculation around why the retailer would do this, but it largely focuses around...