UK’s fastest growing bookseller partners with Kortext

The UK’s leading specialist and academic bookseller, Blackwell’s, has crowned a 30% increase in sales this year with a partnership with the global personal study platform and eTextbook provider Kortext. Kortext is acquiring Blackell’s e-learning business and together Kortext and Blackwell’s will deliver digital learning content solutions to Blackwell’s university and student customers across the Read More …

British publishing needs more working class stories, more diversity and more colouring books. Apparently.

Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller, blogs this week on the British Christmas trade. I stress British, because despite the many similarities between the US and UK book trades there are also significant differences. While romance dominates the US bestseller lists, mystery and thriller is the top genre in the UK. While Barnes & Noble Read More …

Waterstones to open five new bookstores in time for Christmas. Barnes & Noble, please take notes

As Barnes & Noble continues to struggle, management will be looking on enviously as its British counterpart, Waterstones, defies the odds to rebuild a national bookstore chain that not long ago seemed a hopeless cause. As reported here last month, Waterstones is being lined up for re-sale. Waterstone’s was rescued from near bankruptcy several years Read More …

The Hot Sheet Reviewed – second November 2017 edition

The Hot Sheet is a publishing industry news-sheet for authors, produced every two weeks by Porter Anderson and Jane Friedman, and reviewed here every other Sunday as one of the best twice-monthly industry overviews available to authors. We’re not interested in delivering breaking news, but perspective on stories that are likely to retain meaning for your long-term decision Read More …

Book sales slightly down amid mixed publisher earnings reports

The publisher earnings reports are rolling in once again, and it’s a mixed bag, even as NPD Bookscan reports tracked book sales down This of course is by no means all book sales, but does reflect the performance of the bigger mainstream publishers. According to a summary over at Publishers Lunch, Print sales through outlets Read More …

Waterstone’s to be sold again?

The future of Waterstone’s (aka Waterstones sans apostrophe) is in question again as it emerges Britain’s largest book chain may be up for sale shortly. Cutting a long story short, Waterstone’s was rescued from near bankruptcy several years back by a Russian billionaire who handed day to day management to James Daunt and between the Read More …

Simon & Schuster UK “really strong financially”

After a poor 2015, 2016 showed much promise for Simon & Schuster UK, despite releasing 100 fewer books. The Bookseller reports Simon & Schuster UK reversed a £132,000 loss in 2015 to end 2016 with pre-tax profits of £3.76 million.   Ebook sales fell, perhaps in part due to the company’s decision to keep frontlist Read More …

Foyles launches book subscription service in UK

From the UK’s Bookseller comes news that the UK bookstore Foyles is to launch its own subscription service. No, not for ebooks, but for print. Back in the 1950s-60s the Foyles Book Club was a central part of the London bookstore’s sales strategy, and to cash in on the up and coming Christmas season (we Read More …