Fri, 07/03/2014 - 09:30
Independent booksellers’ businesses may be more vulnerable to the adverse economic impact of an independent Scotland than chain retailers, should the referendum see a Yes vote.
A major concern for the trade if Scotland becomes independent after the referendum on 18th September would be the possibility of it losing the...
Thu, 06/03/2014 - 16:37
The books on the shortlist for the Pushkin House Russian Book Prize 2014 cover a wide range of Russian history.
The Prize, which is now in its second year and runs in association with Waterstones, rewards the best non-fiction writing on Russia.
The shortlisted titles include The Black Russian by Vladimir...
Wed, 05/03/2014 - 10:05
The UK’s booksellers are gearing up to mark World Book Day, tomorrow (6th March) with enthusiasm.
Waterstones is preparing to inject “the usual riot of colour, costumes and entertainment” into its stores across the country, which will also be displaying the World Book Day titles.
Authors will be out in force...
Thu, 27/02/2014 - 12:18
Waterstones will switch to a new website platform this summer, to replace its current "pathetic" offering, managing director James Daunt revealed today (February 27th).
Speaking at the Independent Publishers Guild (IPG) conference in Oxford, Daunt acknowledged the company needed to sort out its logistics, and that it was...
Mon, 24/02/2014 - 12:32
Children’s author Jacqueline Wilson will read from her new book Paws and Whiskers (Doubleday) at a sleepover for children in care organised by Booktrust’s Children’s Reading Fund.
The 20 children, who are aged seven to 14, will also have entertainment from TV presenter Andy Akinwolere and party...
Thu, 13/02/2014 - 09:50
Faber has achieved three shortlistings for this year’s Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. Rooftoppers by Katherine Rundell is nominated in the 5-12s group, while The Bone Dragon by Alexia Casale and Butter by Erin Lange are both listed in the teen category.
Nosy Crow, Bloomsbury and...
Thu, 06/02/2014 - 09:15
Independent publisher Oneworld has hailed a “record” year for UK sales in 2013, increasing turnover by 45% to £2.5m year-on-year.
The Bloomsbury-based company said much of its success was down to a hike in print sales through the recently-revamped Waterstones stores, where sales doubled during 2013, making it the...
Mon, 03/02/2014 - 15:52
According to the latest Nielsen BookScan figures, January was the first month since an EL James-dominated July 2012 that has seen a year-on-year rise in sales. At 2.2% we can hold off putting the bunting out, but add to this the faster than expected recovery in the wider economy, and we could be forgiven for thinking that the green shoots...
Fri, 31/01/2014 - 09:30
Waterstones m.d. James Daunt said the company’s plan for recovery was “on track” after its losses more than halved in 2013.
The most recent set of annual results showed sales at Waterstones were down by 2.9% to £398.5m in the 12 months to April 2013. The decline was much shallower than the 11.1% drop in...
Tue, 21/01/2014 - 15:14
Hodder has said it has "decided not to further distribute…in its current form" the memoir Broken by anti-abuse campaigner Shy Keenan.
Broken, which was released in 2008, described the abuse Keenan suffered...