Fri, 28/02/2014 - 09:20
Former The Book Depository managing director Kieron Smith pictured is to launch an online global bookseller, Best Little Bookshop, this spring.
Smith made the announcement at the IPG Conference this afternoon (27th February), telling publishers the enterprise should be “a collaborative effort to offer something new”....
Mon, 24/02/2014 - 08:42
The number of independent bookshops in the UK has fallen below 1,000 for the first time since records began. According to the Booksellers Association’s annual membership figures, 67 indies closed in 2013 and 26 opened, leaving the overall number of indies on the high street at 987, down from 1,028 in February 2013.
Fri, 21/02/2014 - 09:38
Bookshops are important cultural and community hubs, and make a vital contribution to the health of our high streets and local economies in particular, so it is always disappointing to see them close.
Everyone should sit up and take notice...
Thu, 20/02/2014 - 12:10
US author James Patterson has followed through on his promise to donate $1m to US independent bookstores, choosing an initial 55 recipients.
A total of $267,000 (£160,000) has been handed out in grants which range from $2,000 to $15,000....
Tue, 18/02/2014 - 09:30
“Ground-breaking” ideas to overhaul the UK business rates system, including charging businesses based on energy usage, have been put forward by the British Retail Consortium.
The BRC said it, along with other business groups, had “long argued that the current system of business rates creates disincentives for...
Mon, 17/02/2014 - 17:22
We all know the many things Amazon can do that a bookshop can’t, but rather than bemoaning our fate as a quaint, increasingly rare hangover from a pre-digital age, I’d rather consider what a bricks-and-mortar shop has that poor old Amazon hasn’t. A great deal; not least beautiful physical space.
People are always...
Fri, 14/02/2014 - 08:50
Bookshops are embracing the close ties between romance and books to entice customers into shops for Valentine’s Day.
Retailers are keen to maximise the potential sales opportunity of the calendar event today (14th February) following a quiet trading period in January.
In the spirit of the romantic occasion, Foyles is...
Thu, 13/02/2014 - 16:22
What do the following have in common: The Gruffalo, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Guess How Much I Love You, Where’s Spot, The Snowman and Elmer? They are among the most loved and most successful picture books of the past 50 years. But they also all feature a main character that is...
Mon, 10/02/2014 - 09:20
Foyles' new Waterloo Station store opened at 7a.m. on Saturday (8th February) to queues of people waiting outside the door.
Two hundred limited edition Foyles at Waterloo goodie bags were given to the first customers, and manager Patrizia Sorrentino told The Bookseller that the first title to sell was Love Monster...
Thu, 06/02/2014 - 08:40
Welwyn Garden City's The Bookshop is set to close when the lease comes to an end next month.
Director Tony Maher said the bookshop will shut its doors after two years of business because he has decided not to renew its lease.