Tue, 14/09/2010 - 15:58
Tony Blair’s memoir sold a further 57,759 copies in its first full week, meaning the former prime minister has captured the top spot for a second-week running. Additionally, the airport edition of the memoir has cracked the Top 20 Paperback Non-Fiction charts, shifting a further 5,378 copies.
But A Journey's sales feat...
Mon, 23/08/2010 - 14:45
As a former Barnes & Noble employee, I have been watching the Battle For B&N in the US between chairman Len Riggio and billionaire investor and B&N minority shareholder Ron Burkle with some interest.
To update briefly: about three weeks ago B&N announced it was putting itself up for sale because the board...
Fri, 06/08/2010 - 11:21
In the mobile phone e-reader stakes, Apple has pretty much shown the competition a clean pair of heels. Buoyed by increased availability—once exclusive to O2 in the UK, you can now also get an iPhone through Orange, Vodaphone and even Tesco—and the iPhone 4 launch, sales of the handsets have surged. Despite the much-publicised...
Fri, 23/07/2010 - 10:59
We are to become the most online country in Europe. That, at least is the goal of the Con/Lib-backed Manifesto for a Networked Nation, launched last week by David Cameron and the government's “Digital Champion” (actually appointed by Labour), Lastminute.com founder Martha Lane Fox. When I say Con/Lib-backed, I mean backed in the...
Thu, 22/07/2010 - 16:07
One of the noticeable trends as we take our snapshot view of bestselling and featured e-books on various websites is the widening availability. A few months ago when we started this exercise, a number one e-book on one site—even if it was a solid frontlist title—might not be carried on any others.
That situation has changed...
Thu, 01/07/2010 - 16:29
"The Independent Alliance five years on," Will Atkinson says. "I'm trying to think of an equivalent success. Maybe the British Empire?"
Faber's sales and marketing director is in a jolly mood, and his irreverent gag about the empire might be because I catch him on the phone while he is on a work trip to far-flung...
Thu, 01/07/2010 - 15:56
Nick Barley, the new director of the Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF), is doing his bit to turn the tables on Eyjafjallajökull, the volcano that disrupted the London Book Fair, preventing many of Guest of Honour South Africa's writers from attending. Barley has put seven of those writers into the EIBF programme, including...
Thu, 24/06/2010 - 16:30
Lesley O'Mara starts with a joke: "A man goes to the doctor and says: ‘Doctor, when I wake up in the morning I'm dizzy for half an hour and then it clears up. What should I do?' The doctor replies: ‘Get up half an hour later.'"
Michael O'Mara, sitting across the office from her, smiles. "...
Fri, 18/06/2010 - 09:36
"Everything in my life led to that point."
Meike Ziervogel is talking about the moment she decided to set up Peirene Press, her publishing house which had its launch list this year. She laughs self-deprecatingly when she says it, but if you were going to start-up a contemporary European literature in translation indie, you...
Thu, 03/06/2010 - 15:10
I have been at The Bookseller for three and a half years and in the book trade for 15 before that, and if I went by the number of times a publisher has told me it had a "once-in-a-lifetime book" I will live 500 lifetimes. Yet VdH Books' The Vatican Secret Archives may be just that.
It is the first-ever...