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...
Fri, 15/03/2013 - 15:59
It’s always tricky in the book business to find a balance between the many complementary and competing constituents that comprise it.
Last week, I gave a speech at the Independent Publishers Guild’s annual conference suggesting that this balance may...
Fri, 15/03/2013 - 09:20
Eight independent bookshops have been shortlisted for The Bookseller Industry Awards Independent Bookseller of the Year Award, sponsored by Gardners, after being named regional winners this week.
The award, which comes with a £5,000 cash prize, will be announced at...
Fri, 15/03/2013 - 08:00
Waterstones has created the new role of retail manager for London academic, appointing Alison Belshaw to the post.
Belshaw, who is currently retail manager at Waterstones, will have responsibility for the academic bookshops of Gower Street and City University, plus The Economist Bookshop. She will report to Luke Taylor, retail...
Thu, 14/03/2013 - 08:30
The Bookseller Association's chief executive Tim Godfray has met the chief secretary to the treasury Danny Alexander to urge the government to give bookshops automatic business rate relief in the forthcoming budget.
Chancellor George Osborne will announce the budget next Wednesday (20th March).
High street booksellers have...
Wed, 13/03/2013 - 09:45
W H Smith is to support the Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year award, in a three-year partnership with Harrogate International Festivals.
The partnership will include a month-long nationwide campaign in 600 W H Smith bookshops for the crime fiction award longlist, announced on 7th May. A second month-long campaign will...
Wed, 13/03/2013 - 07:20
Asda may launch a bid to take control of collapsed music chain HMV, according to reports.
Restructuring specialist Hilco bought HMV's debt and so has looked most likely to acquire the retailer, but Asda could launch...