Thu, 21/03/2013 - 16:13
I have always been fascinated by this strange specimen of entrepreneurship—the bookseller.
Being a third-generation Greek bookseller myself, I was always interested in ‘talking shop’ with foreign booksellers and we have repeatedly had the chance over dinner at our favourite publishers’ parties at book fairs to...
Thu, 21/03/2013 - 15:45
Amid the gloomy statistics concerning shop closures revealed by the Booksellers Association in its annual membership figures in February, some good news remained hidden: the handful of independents celebrating 30 or more years’ trading this year. They are some of the best-known bookshops in the industry, stores that always seem to have...
Thu, 21/03/2013 - 09:50
Booksellers have expressed anger and disappointment that yesterday's Budget failed to include a freeze on business rates, set to rise 2.6% in April.
Simon Key, co-owner of the Big Green Bookshop in North London, said: "It is one of our biggest bills and to see business rates rise again is a real kick in the teeth, especially...
Thu, 21/03/2013 - 09:15
Waterstones has announced its latest Book Club picks, set to launch on 28th March, calling the list "our most eclectic and exciting selection to date".
Books from Michael Frayn, John Banville and Nell Freudenberger all feature in the promotion, with one title highlighted each week in stores across the country.
Wed, 20/03/2013 - 12:00
Last year saw a higher number of books bought from internet-only businesses than from bricks and mortar stores for the first time, according to the annual Books & Consumers survey published by Bowker Market Research UK.
Bowker's survey, presented by research director Steve Bohme at the Books & Consumers conference in...
Wed, 20/03/2013 - 11:00
Just 4% of French authors have signed digital contracts for their most recent books and a third say relations with publishers have deteriorated over the past five years, yet advances are marginally on the rise.
Those were some of the highlights of the fifth annual survey of over 1,000 French authors, compiled by the French multimedia...
Wed, 20/03/2013 - 09:00
Just three days before the Paris Book Fair opens on Friday (22nd March), French President François Hollande has thrown his weight behind the book industry.
Hosting a reception at the Élysée Palace last night (19th March), he called for the awaited plan to shore up independent booksellers to be adopted...
Mon, 18/03/2013 - 12:00
The rise in e-book reading in the US and UK over the past three years has driven market share gains for e-retailers, according to research to be released this month by Bowker Market Research.
In the US, e-retailers accounted for 44% of book purchases in 2012, up from 25% in 2010. In the UK, book sales through e-retailers rose to 38%...
Mon, 18/03/2013 - 08:20
Germany's largest book chain Thalia is planning a joint venture in Switzerland with its major competitor Orell Füssli, a move which will create by far the largest bookseller in the German-speaking part of the country.
The announcement comes just days after Thalia linked with arch-rivals Hugendubel and three other companies...
Fri, 15/03/2013 - 16:50
W H Smith has defended its record on book marketing promotions, after being accused by Biteback Publishing’s Iain Dale of being “very willing to take publishers’ money and sell no books in return”.
Dale made his...