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HarperCollins imprint tries to go all Tweety and communal – with someone else’s hashtag?
June 2, 2014 | 11:23 am

Hard on the heels of Penguin Random House front organization and its attempt to convince readers that it's a brave little independent champion of the little people, comes another bid by a Big Five publisher to dress down and get all folksy and homely and neighborly. This time, as reported in The Bookseller, it's HarperCollins imprint Borough Press, which according to the report, is seeking to run a campaign in June encouraging readers to share on Twitter or Instagram a picture of a book they like - working from a list drawn up by Borough - under the hashtag...

Do indie bookstores really have that much to fear from digital disruption?
March 26, 2014 | 6:25 pm

digital disruptionPublishing savant and veteran book world journalist Jane Friedman has just shared "5 Valuable Charts That Show How Publishing Is Changing" from her personal Pinterest board, which she uses "for speaking at conferences and providing insight into how the industry is changing." All of them are fascinating, and well worth perusing. But I'd like to concentrate on just one, and on just one finding from it. That chart, reproduced here, is Bowker’s Books & Consumers US's chart of the "Retailer share of books bought by US consumers, Jan 2010-Nov 2012. And it shows some of the patterns that you'd expect. For...

UK Booksellers Association CEO sends curious Xmas card
December 19, 2013 | 2:13 pm

As reported in The Bookseller, UK Booksellers Association CEO Tim Godfray has circulated a rather interesting Christmas message to members, highlighting some key priorities for the BA that appear, on reflection, a little odd - when set against those members' actual interests. Godfray sets out to stand up to European Commission pressure to increase VAT on books. "We have to ensure that nothing is done to change the current VAT arrangements for printed books in the UK and Ireland in 2014," The Bookseller quotes him as saying. But the EC seems more concerned with pushing countries like Luxembourg and France into...

UK Books Are My Bag promo campaign launches: Now don’t call me baby
July 25, 2013 | 11:15 am

UK booksellers are being invited by the Booksellers Association to join in the Books Are My Bag campaign, leading up to a Big Bookshop Party and celebrity photocall on Sat., Sept. 14 that kicks off a series of events timetabled to last until Christmas. Described as "the biggest ever promotion of bookshops ... an unprecedented cross-trade promotion of books and bookshops," the campaign urges local bookstores to liaise with local media, contact local authors and publishers, and otherwise come up with their own ideas to join in the excitement. The iconic motif of the campaign is a bag with loud orange lettering, stating—yes,...

ALLi petitions book world to ‘Open Up to Indie Authors’
July 17, 2013 | 12:30 pm

indie authorsFollowing Susan Lulgjuraj's earlier coverage of the work of the Alliance of Independent Authors (ALLi), the prominent London-headquartered "nonprofit, professional association for self-publishing writers" is now taking an even more active role on behalf of the self-publishing and indie author community, petitioning "booksellers, libraries and literary festivals to Open Up To Indie Authors." The petition, online at, targets not just the UK book trade, but is addressed to booksellers associations worldwide—the American Booksellers Association, Australian Booksellers Association,  Canadian Booksellers Association, and UK Booksellers Association—as well as libraries. It urges these "to find ways to include self-publishing writers as a matter of priority." "With a target of...

Found: Booksellers Association UK showrooming survey
July 11, 2013 | 4:00 pm

The publicity office of the UK Booksellers Association sent me a copy of their Book Buying Survey June 2013, prepared in conjunction with Britain's Independent Booksellers Week and much quoted by UK media in connection with practices such as showrooming. I've written repeatedly elsewhere on what I think of the impartiality and relevance of this report, so I won't do so here. Rather, here are some of the Survey's findings and conclusions. Based on a poll of 2,045 book-buying respondents in May-June 2013, the Survey was conducted by UK pollster Censuswide for the BA and its Batch online data and payment system....

TeleRead Weather Report: Showrooming schlockstorm still rages in UK
July 8, 2013 | 12:15 pm

ShowroomingThe furor around showrooming in the UK media and book trade just won't die down. Showrooming is about as popular as grooming or cottaging these days in the British lexicon. Now Publishing Perspectives has picked up more coverage in London's City A.M. of that now-infamous report from the UK Booksellers Association (that epitome of impartiality and objectivity) claiming that 63 percent of Brits are twisted and perverse enough to indulge in showrooming—in the words of City A.M.'s Marc Sidwell, using physical bookstores "as little more than Amazon showrooms." I'm rightly scandalized at this behavior. To buy items where they are cheapest. And defer...

Independent Booksellers Week emphasizes role, plight of UK independent bookstores
June 28, 2013 | 1:30 pm

Independent Booksellers WeekThe UK Booksellers Association, under the auspices of IndieBound UK, "a community-oriented movement begun by the independent bookseller members of the American Booksellers Association and adopted into the UK in 2010," is backing Independent Booksellers Week (IBW),  "a national celebration of independent bookshops,"  due to run from June 29th to July 6th. IBW includes the inaugural Independent Booksellers Week Debate, "The Perfect Storm: Why bookshops are in the frontline in the battle for the High Street," at the Royal Festival Hall in London's South Bank Centre, at 6:30pm on July 3rd, as well as National Reading Group Day, which opens NBW...

UK Booksellers Association requests participation in library e-book lending review
July 28, 2012 | 2:56 pm

In the UK, culture minister Ed Vaizey is holding a review into e-book lending in libraries, and is receiving advice from a number of industry lobbies. The All Party Parliamentary Group on libraries has proposed requiring physical visits to the library to check out e-books, and also that any money received from charging a patron for the checkout should be used to finance other library services. However, the Booksellers Association has objected to the latter proposal, saying that such revenues should be used to buy more books only, and requested direct inclusion into the talks: ...

UK Booksellers Association offers three e-book solutions to its members
June 16, 2012 | 12:24 pm

The Bookseller and FutureBook report on a recent meeting of affiliates of the UK’s Booksellers Association at which representatives of three e-book companies—Kobo, Anobii, and Gardners—pitched their respective product frameworks. Unlike the American Booksellers Association (whose own IndieCommerce platform was mentioned in the letter I mentioned last night), the UK’s BA is soliciting multiple non-exclusive schemes for its members, who may choose to offer any or all of them in any combination. Kobo’s affiliate scheme offers booksellers the chance to sell Kobo devices, and receive an affiliate’s cut of any e-books that Kobo owner buys from then on, even...

Booksellers continue to object to British Library Amazon links
October 19, 2011 | 1:15 pm

The controversy over the British Library’s Amazon links is not over. The Bookseller reports that Tim Godfray, chief executive of the UK’s Booksellers Association, is asking the British Library’s CEO to review the matter, and other booksellers are expressing dismay at the library “ignoring the whole UK book trade in favor of Amazon.” Johnny de Falbe of John Sandoe bookshop said: “The British Library says it is ‘providing users with the choice of an alternative method of obtaining a title if, for some reason, it is not available in the Library’s Reading Rooms’. But users...

The Atlantic covers Google Editions
July 21, 2010 | 5:32 pm

Peter Osnos at The Atlantic has a piece looking at what is known about Google Editions. It mentions that Google says it’s inked deals with 35,000 publishers, and will have millions of titles to offer. The e-books will be stored on Google’s cloud, and will support the same sort of pick-up-where-you-left-off capability as Amazon’s Kindle platform. It is not clear, at least from this article, whether in-copyright e-books will be able to be downloaded into e-book reader devices without direct Internet connectivity, however. (Surely they will, given how many people currently have such devices…right?) Osnos also mentions...

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