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Edinburgh International Book Festival holds autumn event for Marilynne Robinson
October 10, 2014 | 2:25 pm

The Edinburgh International Book Festival, more familiar as an August fixture, is hosting an exceptional out-of-season event on the occasion of a visit by American author Marilynne Robinson, recipient of many awards including the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, the 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction, the 2008 LA Times Book Prize and the 2004 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, as well as the 2012 National Humanities Medal. Marilynne Robinson is best known for her three novels Housekeeping (1980), Gilead (2004) and Home (2008), as well as numerous essays and works of non-fiction. Her National Humanities Medal citation hailed: "her grace and intelligence in writing. With moral strength and lyrical clarity, Dr....

Waterstones has an unusual customer
June 3, 2014 | 5:46 pm

Origin 632014 54248 PM.bmpSay what you will about Waterstones, they’ve got a sense of humor. First it was their plan to counter Amazon’ drones with a trained owl delivery service. Now a friend just directed me to this Storify tale about what happens when a customer reads aloud from the wrong book. (Granted, the tale is about 8 months old, but it’s still funny.) I have to admit, the Elder God probably wouldn’t have been able to get as personalized service from Amazon. That’s what gives these bookstores their competitive advantage right now....

Nick Harkaway calls time on print vs. ebook debate
April 3, 2014 | 10:25 am

Tim Waterstone's anti-ebook statements at the Oxford Literary Festival seem to have attracted quite a bit of backlash, and one common thread to the lashes backlashing seems to be that this debate is so over. The whole Us vs. Them faceoff appears to be inducing a welcome sense of fatigue in many readers, and commentators. Typical of this is the response by author Nick Harkaway in The Guardian, entitled: "Paper vs digital reading is an exhausted debate." "There are fewer and fewer venues where digital technology has made no impact – and where there's a digital device, there are ebooks, at...

Tim Waterstone says it’s all over, you can go home now
April 1, 2014 | 10:25 am

Read PetiteYes, the ebook revolution is officially over. Sez who? Sez Tim Waterstone, that's who. Who he? A major bookstore chain founder. So it must be twoo... As reported in the UK Telegraph newspaper under the shout line "e-book revolution will soon go into decline," the Waterstone's founder said, during a panel on the future of publishing at the Oxford Literary Festival, that he'd encountered "more garbage about the strength of the e-book revolution than anything else I’ve known," but that in fact "the e-books have developed a share of the market, of course they have, but every indication – certainly from America...

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...

Waterstones announces plan to counter Amazon drones with trained owls
December 2, 2013 | 12:08 pm

wildlife_barn_owlThe Internet has been abuzz ever since Amazon announced it was looking into the use of drones to deliver lightweight packages to customers near its distribution centers. Personally, it sounds like another one of those things that is more about the publicity than the service. Amazon’s storage lockers are still unavailable to the vast majority of Amazon customers, two years after they were first introduced. Likewise, Amazon doesn’t have that many distribution centers, so almost nobody would be able to take advantage of this service if it existed. (Gizmodo would tend to agree.) That being said, British chain Waterstones...

Waterstones has charitable pound covered with limited-edition Terry Pratchett Kindle cases
August 27, 2013 | 9:26 am

Waterstones in the UK is doing more to explore the intersection of the physical and the digital, as well as capitalizing on its high-profile relationship with Amazon, by running two limited edition Kindle cases from star author and Alzheimer's sufferer Terry Pratchett , including a special signed edition with all its sales profits going to Alzheimer's Research UK. The signed edition comes in a run of only 150 numbered copies, each at £100 ($156). "The linen cover featuring Josh Kirby's artwork from the Discworld novel Mort, originally published in 1987, has genuine leather lining and trimming, with Sir Terry's signature mounted on...

UK’s Waterstones tweets “first ever paperback books” — well, not quite
August 1, 2013 | 10:28 am

Leading UK retail book chain Waterstones has proudly tweeted a picture of early Penguins via its official Twitter account, declaring: "On this day, 1935. The first ever paperback books, from @PenguinUKBooks, were published." Only, were they? As you might expect of such an obvious and sensible idea, Allen Lane's line of Penguin Books, launched in England in 1935, were not the first paper-covered mass-market publications. In fact, they date back more than 150 years, to the days of "yellowback" publications, introduced in the 1850s to provide cheap literature to the railway-going public. Venerable publishing houses like Routledge & Sons and Ward...

Tim Waterstone wants to avoid the slush pile with Read Petite, his new digital imprint
April 12, 2013 | 1:29 pm

Tim Waterstone is embarking on a new e-book project. It kind of involves owning a bookstore again. Sort of. Waterstone talked about his new venture, Read Petite, with The Guardian this week. It will be officially announced to the public at the London Book Fair next week. Read Petite is a digital imprint for short-form e-books. It will include fiction and non-fiction titles, according to The Guardian. The site will use a monthly subscription format and have unlimited access to all the work, which will be about 9,000 words or fewer. Here's Waterstone, as quoted in The Guardian: A lot of the best short fiction has...

An Update on Waterstones Academy
March 4, 2013 | 4:14 pm

Waterstones Academy You may remember a post we ran last Monday about Waterstones Academy, a sort of university for retail booksellers that looks as if it may be launching in England sometime later this year. Waterstones, for those of you not familiar with the name, is a UK-based bookstore chain with some 288 locations dotted throughout the UK and mainland Europe. Courtesy of The Bookseller, we learned that the nine-month-long program, assuming it happens, will be operated through a partnership with the University of Derby, a public school located south of Manchester that's currently home to a little over 22,000 students. (The Academy will also be accredited through...

Meet Waterstones Academy, a college for booksellers
February 25, 2013 | 12:30 pm

Waterstones AcademyThe Bookseller recently published what appears to be a very interesting article about a sort of bookseller's university that Waterstones—the UK-based bookstore chain—plans to open at some point in the near-to-distant future. And I use the term "appears," by the way, because the article in question in available only to subscribers of the website's premium content, of which I am not one. Bummer. The article's abstract, at any rate, claims that Waterstones Academy, as the school will be known, will be an "industry first" in the UK. Students of the nine month-long program, which will be operated in partnership with the...

Morning Roundup — Stories you may have missed
October 25, 2012 | 8:57 am

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