Toby Bourne leaves Waterstone's

Waterstone’s head of books Toby Bourne has left the bookseller with immediate effect today (14th July).

James Daunt, the chain's m.d., is thought to be taking over his role, along with the post of commercial director previously held by Michael Neil. Daunt said: “He [Bourne] has played an integral role at Waterstone's and will be much missed by his team and the wider Waterstone's business. Everyone at Waterstone's should be incredibly grateful for all he has done, as should the wider book trade. I sincerely hope that he decides to stay within the industry—he will be a huge asset to any company lucky enough to have him."

The retailer said Bourne, who joined Waterstone's from Asda in 2006, was "pivotal in reinvigorating Waterstone’s trade promotions”, introducing linksaves and putting increased focus on debut writing and literary awards.

It said: “He was instrumental in the company's hugely successful launch of the Sony Reader, introducing the UK to digital reading, and has been a fierce supporter of the children's offer at Waterstone's, from championing the children's trial and Waterstone's sponsorship of the children's laureate to his role as trustee of World Book Day since 2008.”