Wed, 05/02/2014 - 09:30
Mike Serbinis has stood down as the chief executive of Kobo with immediate effect.
He has been replaced by Takahito "Taka" Aiki, the former c.e.o of Rakuten-owned telecomms company Fusion Communications.
A spokesperson for company said Serbinis had founded Kobo four years ago “with a vision to build an open...
Wed, 29/01/2014 - 13:01
Foyles has appointed the current managing director of London’s Bond Street Development Group, Beverley Aspinall, as a non-executive director on its board.
Aspinall focuses on business improvements to Bond Street in her three-day-a-week role and will now also act as a retail advisor to Foyles.
She was previously the m.d...
Wed, 22/01/2014 - 09:10
Book sales at WH Smith were down 7%-8% like-for-like in the Christmas trading period.
In telephone briefings with City analysts this morning, WHS revealed the 7%-8% book sales fall for the 20 weeks to 18th January, saying that the retailer had cut television advertising costs over the period.
Children’s books performed...
Tue, 21/01/2014 - 08:50
The Booksellers Association is offering its independent members a 20% discount for Yodel’s new door-to-door parcel service.
The new YodelDirect service is aimed at small businesses, and allows booksellers to go online and arrange for a driver to collect packages from their shop for delivery somewhere else in the UK. Booksellers...
Tue, 21/01/2014 - 08:40
The Family Bookshop in Thatcham, near Newbury in Berkshire, is set to close after nearly 16 years of trade.
The shop is currently holding a closing down sale and plans to close its doors for good on 28th February.
Stephen Walker, owner of The Family Bookshop, attributed the shop’s closure to customers increasingly...
Mon, 20/01/2014 - 12:20
After three years in a row of declining sales, German book retailers ended 2013 on a more positive note. A small increase in sales (of 0.6%) over the Christmas period was enough to bring the whole year back into the black, albeit by the smallest margin.
According to the trade paper Buchreport, sales of bricks-and-mortar...
Mon, 20/01/2014 - 08:57
Publishers are being more generous on book title margin, but could still be more flexible on payment terms, according to independent booksellers.
More than 48% of respondents to The Bookseller’s Christmas trading survey said publishers have been more willing to give larger discounts on titles to indie booksellers over...
Thu, 16/01/2014 - 10:00
Waterstones has scrapped its Waterstones Eleven promotion on debut literary fiction.
The retailer has run the campaign, picking 11 debut novelists it backs as the ones to read during the course of the year, for the last three years. The role of the campaign, which followed on from the previous debuts promotion New Voices, was to...
Tue, 14/01/2014 - 09:45
Booksellers have confirmed that they expect the April business rates rise to have a “serious” impact on their business, despite the increase being capped below inflation.
High street retailers will see a 2% increase in business rates in the new financial year.
The rate was capped below the anticipated 3.2% in the...
Mon, 13/01/2014 - 09:40
WH Smith has confirmed that it is in discussion with "a number" of convenience store retailers about converting into WH Smith Local formats.
The retailer’s Local Roadshow held 9th-11th December went “really well” according to a WH Smith spokesperson, who told The Bookseller that further roadshows...