• Wed, 14/12/2011 - 17:12

    Clothes retailers complain of unseasonal weather, but unseasonal is just how booksellers like it. Dry and warm enough to shop in comfort, and no ice to keep people at home in the company of their computers. James Daunt believes it will be a “range” Christmas, and there are no signs yet of a single title dominating sales—but...

  • Wed, 16/11/2011 - 10:03

    Bookselling, like most retailing, is at bottom a fairly simple operation. If you sell the right books at the right price at the right time, you should not go far wrong. I misquote the principles of marketing because having the right books today, rather than tomorrow, is absolutely vital when Amazon/TBD (The Amazon Depository?) can nearly...

  • Mon, 19/09/2011 - 12:18

    The increasing market dominance of Amazon and the relentless advance of the e-book are changing the face of the whole industry. It's time for some radical rethinking.

    The dramatic decrease in high street bookselling that seems to be heading our way would mean two things. Firstly, with no shop window for their books, publishers...

  • Tue, 29/03/2011 - 09:55

    The big scary threat right now to booksellers large or small is the e-book. But is the e-reader a bread-maker or an MP3 player?  To explain: there was a time a little while ago when it seemed that every house in the country had a bread maker. The idea was that instead of buying inferior bread from the supermarket, or expensive artisan...

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