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 …

Trad published author caught in KU scam. Amazon pulls her book and leaves fakes up

It seems rarely a month passes without David Gaughran exposing how scammers are milking Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited, at the expense mainly of indie authors. Here, for example. Or here. And as often as not it’s indie authors who are getting penalised But it’s not just indie authors getting scammed. Or penalised for something they haven’t Read More …