Booksellers Association and the Society of Authors advise indie authors on how to get into bookstores

In what must be the definitive acknowledgement that self-publishing is mainstream in the UK, Britain’s Booksellers Association has teamed up with the Society of Authors to produce a guide for indie authors showing them how to get books into bricks & mortar bookstore. Placement in bookstores is, for most indie authors, a challenge too far, Read More …

Waterstones defies the bookstore apocalypse with 80% rise in profits. Barnes & Noble looks the other way

It was never meant to be this way. Profitable bookstore chains? In the age of Amazon? That’s not how the bookstore apocalypse narrative goes. But as The Guardian reported back in 2015, Four years ago (2011), Waterstones was facing oblivion. Declining sales of physical books, together with the relentless growth of Amazon and mismanagement by its former 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 …

Never mind the US elections. Anobii hacked by the Russians

This might be a job for Robert Mueller. Or maybe not. Anobii (aka aNobii) has had an eventful history, from innovative start-up in 2006, just pre-dating Goodreads, to victim of Russian hackers in 2017. But who knew it even still existed? While Goodreads became popular enough to be bought by Amazon, aNobii (which I’ll hereon 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 …