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EIBF launches #mynextread campaign and hashtag
January 22, 2015 | 2:25 pm

mynextread The European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF), the "non-commercial European and International umbrella association representing national Booksellers' Associations and booksellers over the world," has just launched the My Next Read (#mynextread) campaign, inviting readers to "Inspire Europe. Share #mynextread." The campaign urges them to "Snap yourself with the cover of your next read, don’t be shy," then "Share: Post it to your Instagram, Twitter or Facebook profile tagged as #mynextread." And finally, "Inspire: You’re now inspiring fellow readers across Europe at" The campaign is yoked together on the My Next Read website with the EIBF's Book Charter, which also urges...

Alice Munro’s ex-husband gives away the store, hands Munro’s Books to staff
July 15, 2014 | 1:20 pm

Here's a good and positive story for these days of doomsaying and handwringing over the fortunes of bookstores. Munro's Books in Victoria, British Columbia, founded in 1963 by Jim Munro and his then wife, Nobel laureate Alice Munro, is passing into the hands of its staff on the retirement of its founder. The thriving institution, "Canada's most magnificent bookstore," has been at its present 1108 Government Street premises since 1984, in a 1909 neo-classical building originally designed for the Royal Bank of Canada. Jim Munro, now 84, will hand the store over to four senior employees on his retirement in September,...

Book Depository MD to launch new online book sales platform
March 2, 2014 | 2:40 pm

Even some of the digitally disrupted book world's beneficiaries seem to see some value still in print book sales. According to reports in The Bookseller and elsewhere, Kieron Smith, former MD of highly successful worldwide online book retailer The Book Depository, which was recently sold to Amazon, is now taking a more artisanale approach to online bookselling with the announcement of his new venture, At present, the website consists of little more than a signup window for interested potential customers, and another link for publishers interested in selling their books over the site. However, the reports add more detail from...

Waterstones LEGO literature: Probably the best promotional wheeze for literature ever – maybe
February 18, 2014 | 12:07 pm

UK bookstore chain Waterstones has come up with one of the most visually delightful promotional ideas for literature in a long while. "To celebrate the launch of The LEGO Movie tomorrow, we’re playing with plastic bricks," the Waterstones blog declares. "And we want your help recreating your favourite booky moments in brick form." The iconic picture that everyone's sharing for this competition is The Red Wedding, from George R.R. Martin's A Storm of Swords. And it's worth it:   Make no mistake, this jape has cultural cred. Here's the climatic battle between Arthur and Mordred from Sir Thomas Malory's  Le Morte d’Arthur.   Waterstones is inviting readers...

Guardian scapegoats ebooks for UK publisher massacre
November 5, 2013 | 2:54 pm

It's hard to improve on  Nate Hoffelder's indignation over on The Digital Reader at The Guardian's ludicrously alarmist piece, headlined "Ebooks and discounts drive 98 publishers out of business," but I'll at least second that emotion. First, to briefly go over the facts: The article claims that 98 UK publishers closed their doors in the 12-month period ending August 31st, 2013, a 42 percent increase. The statistics quoted in the article are drawn from a report by accounting firm Wilkins Kennedy, quoted initially in a piece by Sally Davies in the UK Financial Times, with a far less hysterical headline: "Number...

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,...

Sale or return in bookselling: Friend or enemy?
July 14, 2013 | 12:01 pm

booksellingIn a recent article in Futurebook, the digital offshoot of Britain's The Bookseller, Tom Chalmers takes issue with the sale or return policy, calling on booksellers to, "scrap this ludicrous, self-defeating, damaging way of doing business." Hold on: Jettisoning a pillar of the book trade: the return of unsold books to the publisher free of charge? Does that make sense? Well, Chalmers makes it make a lot of sense. And I happen to agree with much of what he says. "Having started my first publishing business eight years ago, I can say with complete certainty that if we were able to give books back...

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....

Bookselling in India is changing
July 3, 2012 | 9:54 am

Images From an article in The Hindu: “Retailers should take a relook, rather reinvent themselves to stay in contention,” cautions V.K. Karthika, publisher and chief editor of Harper Collins India. ... “Retail stores have of late become display centres where you see and choose books. Then you go home and order your choices online. That is what everyone does these days,” she said. ... “In the US, 50 per cent of our revenue is from sale of e-books. Here, we are starting it in July-August which will also be available for purchase through online book stores besides e-readers.” Ms. Karthika said there would be a sea change...

The founder of Waterstones & publisher of “The Life of Pi” discuss the future of books
September 8, 2010 | 10:17 am

photo-3.jpg  I’m chairing an absolutely amazing panel of speakers this weekend at the Mountains To Sea book festival. The discussion is about books, readers and writers in the digital age. I’m including the description below and tickets can be booked HERE Readers, Writers and the Digital Revolution Recently, Jeff Bezos reported that Amazon now sells more e-books than new hardbacks. What does this portend for the future of reading? Are traditional bookshops, the paperback, the novel itself facing extinction? A stellar panel of experts debates the question – how will we be reading in the year 2020? Tim...

View from Down Under: The ebooks and the damage done
August 20, 2010 | 9:20 am

images.jpgEditor's Note: I am proud to announce that Australian journalist Jason Davis will be contributing a regular column to TeleRead on the state of "e" in Australia and New Zealand. This content will be exclusive to TeleRead. Jason also runs the BookBee and EbookAnt websites. PB. This is my first official guest post, so I thought I’d start by bringing those who are interested up to speed with the state of play in ebooks in Australia. That Australia is a couple of years behind the rest of the West in ebook uptake is probably not news to many....

Luke Johnson agrees with me by Eoin Purcell
July 2, 2010 | 7:06 am

waterstones.pngA few months ago I wrote this: As readers shift to digital, the economics of book shops will become skewed, favouring online emporia. Booksellers can react by hand-selling to customers and making themselves relevant, in the way that Raven Books in Blackrock, Co Dublin, has. (I am increasingly sure of finding a pile of relevant books there every time I walk in). No doubt this will mean concentrating on older, out-of-print, and second-hand books, titles that appeal directly to the customer, and print-on-demand works (though I am less convinced of the economic case for this). Whatever way you look at it, as...

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