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Victoria Barnsley’s HarperCollins exit and the content conundrum
July 6, 2013 | 2:05 pm

HarperCollinsVictoria Barnsley, Chief Executive and Publisher at HarperCollins UK since 2000, announced her unexpected exit earlier this week. According to the report in the UK's The Bookseller, expanded on the circumstances and on her own view of her profession in a valedictory speech at the annual HarperCollins author party, held this year in the Orangery of  Kensington Palace. (My thanks to author and illustrator David O'Connell for his picture of the party.) In this, she called for her peers to keep their focus on publishing as a content business, not a media business. As quoted by The Bookseller, Barnsley said: "My advice to publishers,...

Pay to Browse: Why it will never work for bookstores
February 13, 2013 | 10:00 am

TeleRead posted earlier about an idea that was floated by Victoria Barnsley, a HarperCollins CEO, during a recent NPR interview: the idea of charging people for the privilege of browsing in bookstores. The idea was that they'd pay to browse, and then go home and order online from the vendor of their choosing. The analogy Barnsley gave with this was that of a high-end clothing store—say, for wedding dresses—charging a nominal trying fee that is taken out of the cost of your purchase. But I think that analogy is a faulty one, and I think the true analogy demonstrates why 'pay...

Pay to play: Would you pay to browse for books?
February 12, 2013 | 2:00 pm

Would you pay to browse a bookstore's shelves? Victoria Barnsley, CEO of HarperCollins UK & International, discussed that concept during a recent interview on BBC's The Bottom Line with Evan Davis. "In America, certain shoe shops are charging to try on shoes. These people just go in, try them on and go and order them online,” Barnsley said. “I think the idea of a bookshop becoming a book club is not that insane, actually. You actually pay for the privilege of browsing.” Pay to browse. In a bookshop. [caption id="attachment_78843" align="alignright" width="161"] Victoria Barnsley, HarperCollins UK and Int'l CEO[/caption] The idea seemed crazy coming out of...

HarperCollins ceo says ebooks will hurt publishers revenues
May 10, 2011 | 9:01 am

Download HarperCollins ceo, Victoria Barnsley, says that the 7% drop in the retail value of paperback fiction this year is "almost entirely" dut to the sale of ebooks, even though the combined sale of ebooks and print books has increased. In an article in The Bookseller she says: "The signs are that consumers expect e-books to be priced considerably lower than physical books. There's no easier way to drive an e-book up the charts than by massive price reductions," she said. Whereas in a bricks and mortar environment other factors, like the look and feel of books and recommendations from booksellers, can influence...