Tue, 02/04/2013 - 08:20
Book recommendation website Goodreads has pledged to remain an "independent entity", after the social media website agreed to its sale to Amazon.com on Thursday (28th March) ahead of the long Easter weekend.
The deal, variously valued at between $150m and more implausibly...
Tue, 02/04/2013 - 08:00
A husband-and-wife independent bookselling team is calling on people from across the industry to join them in handing a petition against Amazon to 10 Downing Street on 17th April.
Frances and Keith Smith, owners of Warwick and Kenilworth Books, began the petition calling for Amazon to pay more corporation tax in the UK, which has now...
Thu, 28/03/2013 - 09:30
Booksellers blighted by the snowy weather are looking to Easter promotions to boost their bottom lines.
Book sales were up by 1.2% to £22.1m last week according to Nielsen BookScan, but many shops were down after being hit by heavy snow and retreating customer numbers in the adverse weather, unprecedented for this time of year...
Thu, 28/03/2013 - 09:00
Sainsbury’s is to start selling bespoke local history titles tailored to regional markets in 266 of its stores from May.
The supermarket is working with local history publishers The Francis Frith Collection, The History Press and Hometown World to bring its customers a curated range of titles related to their geographical...
Wed, 27/03/2013 - 09:20
The Bolingbroke Bookshop in London is in discussions to become a community enterprise, the latest in a recent trend of bookshops looking to the alternative model.
Michael Gibbs' shop in Wandsworth, London, has been trading for 31 years but announced it would close this April after he couldn't keep up with rising business rate...
Tue, 26/03/2013 - 10:20
A 30% rise in rent has forced London’s 16-year-old Lamb Bookshop to close.
Owners Ben Doran and Harriet Thomas have taken the decision to close for good following the unsustainable increase in rent for the property, on Lamb's Conduit Street, which amounted to around an extra £10,000 a year.
Tue, 26/03/2013 - 09:50
French Culture Minister Aurélie Filippetti has unveiled part of the government’s plan to shore up independent booksellers, despite earlier fears that she would be unable to commit any money because of France’s huge budget deficit.
She announced that a fund of €5m would be created for loans to booksellers with...
Mon, 25/03/2013 - 08:25
US bookstore chain Barnes & Noble has cut its orders from Simon & Schuster Inc in an ongoing dispute over terms, the New York Times has reported.
S&S US and B&N have been locked in a dispute...
Fri, 22/03/2013 - 09:40
The crucial role of physical bookshops to a healthy publishing industry was underlined this week by findings from both Bowker Market Research UK and research company Enders Analysis.
Jo Henry, BMR director, gauged the value bookshops bring to the industry through promoting discoverability at approximately £450m last year, as...
Thu, 21/03/2013 - 16:37
Books are part of the universe we study and forecast at Enders Analysis, alongside TV, newspapers, mobile platforms, music, news and magazines. What scenarios and outcomes for books and e-books look most likely?
In books the impact of digital has come much later, so the industry has not suffered to the same degree as music or...