Mon, 05/11/2012 - 11:39
Alice is heartbroken and lonely—recently returned to her family home and the elder sisters she has never really felt related to, to be by her dying father’s side. Daniel is similarly heartbroken—homeless and alone, and desperately searching London’s streets for the illegitimate daughter he has never known. In Sarah...
Wed, 15/02/2012 - 14:52
Picador has acquired a debut novel, Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love, after editorial director Francesca Main met the author Sarah Butler at a dinner party.
Main bought world rights in the novel and one other in a two-book deal direct from the author, who is now represented by Andrew Kidd at Aitken Alexander. Picador...
Fri, 01/05/2009 - 11:14
In the midst of the grimmest recession that most of us will have lived through, with belt tightening the order of the day, expansion might be the last thing on the mind of most in the book trade. But history shows that tough times often lead to the gestation of new business ideas and opportunities, particularly for small and medium-size...
Thu, 23/10/2008 - 09:04
In 1999, the year after Amazon entered the UK, the company was losing about $300m a year after more than four years in operation. The group only recorded a full-year profit in 2003/4, and even today it could be argued that Amazon's profits are low relative to its sales.
But the company's ruthless focus on price and service helped it...
Fri, 17/10/2008 - 05:45
Amazon will not launch its Kindle e-book reader in the UK until after Christmas as it attempts to sign up Wi-Fi partners around Europe, it has been revealed.
Rumours that Amazon.com was poised to launch the device in Europe—with the Frankfurt Book Fair the launch venue—have been circulating. However, fair-goers hoping for an...
Thu, 21/08/2008 - 15:34
The Works has proved aptly named in the past eight months—that is precisely what Britain's biggest discount bookselling chain has been through after falling into administration in January. However, the business may be poised for a revival after a cash injection from entrepreneur Anthony Solomon.
The Poundzone and Famous Brunswick...
Fri, 06/06/2008 - 10:38
It used to be difficult to find the books in most Woolworths shops—they seemed to be hidden somewhere among the pick-’n’-mix, bargain CDs and inexpensive Worth It home electricals.
No longer. Since hiring former W H Smith and Borders book buyer Matt Bridge in October last year, Woolworths has moved to boost sales by...
Thu, 01/05/2008 - 14:55
Play.com, the UK’s second-largest online bookseller, is planning to at least double its book sales in the next 18 months.
The firm wants to build stronger direct partnerships with publishers in a bid to drive sales, and also intends to increase marketing. So far, Play has focused on books with crossover appeal for its CD and DVD-...
Thu, 01/05/2008 - 14:06
Just four years ago, few in the book trade would have taken much notice of Play.com. The online retailer, founded in 1998, focused on selling CDs and DVDs mainly to young, tech-savvy men. That changed in 2004 when the Jersey-based business started selling books. It has since quietly built itself into the UK’s second-biggest online books...
Thu, 28/02/2008 - 13:09
What would Christina think? Staff at Foyles, one of the best-known names in British book retailing, handed out red roses at the Valentine’s Day opening of its store in the shiny new St Pancras station, and will open its first shopping centre outlet in White City, west London, in October.
It is all a far cry from the world of...