Booksellers Association

HarperCollins imprint tries to go all Tweety and communal – with someone else’s hashtag?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 2, 2014 // 4 Comments

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 [...]

Do indie bookstores really have that much to fear from digital disruption?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 26, 2014 // 3 Comments

Publishing 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.” [...]

UK Booksellers Association CEO sends curious Xmas card

By libertyc
December 19, 2013 // 2 Comments

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 [...]

UK Books Are My Bag promo campaign launches: Now don't call me baby

By libertyc
July 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

ALLi petitions book world to 'Open Up to Indie Authors'

By libertyc
July 17, 2013 // 0 Comments

Following 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 [...]

Found: Booksellers Association UK showrooming survey

By libertyc
July 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

TeleRead Weather Report: Showrooming schlockstorm still rages in UK

By libertyc
July 8, 2013 // 0 Comments

The 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 [...]

Independent Booksellers Week emphasizes role, plight of UK independent bookstores

By libertyc
June 28, 2013 // 0 Comments

The 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 [...]

UK Booksellers Association requests participation in library e-book lending review

By libertyc
July 28, 2012 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

UK Booksellers Association offers three e-book solutions to its members

By libertyc
June 16, 2012 // 2 Comments

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 [...]

Booksellers continue to object to British Library Amazon links

By libertyc
October 19, 2011 // 0 Comments

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 Atlantic covers Google Editions

By libertyc
July 21, 2010 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Quick Notes: Twitter leads, Kindle news, true ‘e-paper’, and more

By libertyc
May 24, 2010 // 1 Comment

MediaBistro’s eBookNewser and GalleyCat have been putting together a directory of good Twitter accounts to follow for e-book news. Gratifyingly, our very own Paul Biba tops their list. Thanks for the mention, MediaBistro! Engadget reports that Amazon and ASUS are teaming up to pre-install the [...]

UK Booksellers Association produces Digital Guide

By libertyc
May 17, 2010 // 0 Comments

As reported in The Bookseller, the Association has produced a guide for members that covers websites, audiobooks, e-books, e-readers, print-on-demand, social networking, tweeting, blogging, and internet marketing. Sharon Murray, president of the BA, said: “E-book sales outstripped audiobooks [...]

UK Booksellers Association, author groups express concern over free e-book lending recommendation

By libertyc
March 31, 2010 // 0 Comments

The question of free library lending of e-books in the UK is proving to be quite a contentious issue. reports on a letter sent to Culture Minister Margaret Hodge by the Booksellers Association of England and Ireland, as well as similar letters written by the Society of Authors, [...]

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