EIBF launches #mynextread campaign and hashtag

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Alice Munro’s ex-husband gives away the store, hands Munro’s Books to staff

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 15, 2014 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Book Depository MD to launch new online book sales platform

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 2, 2014 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Waterstones LEGO literature: Probably the best promotional wheeze for literature ever – maybe

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

Guardian scapegoats ebooks for UK publisher massacre

By libertyc
November 5, 2013 // 1 Comment

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 [...]

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 [...]

Sale or return in bookselling: Friend or enemy?

By libertyc
July 14, 2013 // 1 Comment

In 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 [...]

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 [...]

Bookselling in India is changing

By Paul Biba
July 3, 2012 // 0 Comments

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 [...]

The founder of Waterstones & publisher of “The Life of Pi” discuss the future of books

By libertyc
September 8, 2010 // 0 Comments

 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 [...]

View from Down Under: The ebooks and the damage done

By libertyc
August 20, 2010 // 2 Comments

Editor’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 [...]

Luke Johnson agrees with me by Eoin Purcell

By libertyc
July 2, 2010 // 0 Comments

A 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 [...]

Bookstore of the future: Books Plus?

By libertyc
May 25, 2010 // 6 Comments

When I’ve thought about the bookstore of the future, I have envisioned it as a mix of ebook and print book—a print on demand machine that can scan the barcode and order you up an e-version, custom coupons delivered to your e-reader while you’re in the store and that sort of thing. [...]

Ebooks taking off in Brazil

By libertyc
April 8, 2010 // 0 Comments

Publishing Perspectives has a long article about this today: But two events in 2009 changed things. First was the Jornada de Nacional de Literatura de Passo Fundo (National Literature Journey of Passo Fundo) where some 20,000 students, teachers, researchers and authors gathered together at for a [...]

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