What you didn’t already know about Barnes & Noble

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

On the rather doubtful premise that the supposed downturn in ebook sales signals a revival for Barnes & Noble, Mental Floss has shared a roundup of “14 Page-Turning Facts About Barnes & Noble.” Some may surprise you. Some will be all too predictable. For instance, who would [ on]

Uppsala English Bookshop hosts H.P. Lovecraft evening

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

The English Bookshop in Uppsala, in business for 20 years now in Sweden’s historic northeastern city, held a special commemorative lecture and reading on March 18th, to mark the death on March 15th, 1937 of H.P. Lovecraft. The talk, “H.P. Lovecraft & the Western European [ on]

Whither Foyles?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 18, 2015 // 2 Comments

Foyles, the famous London independent bookstore, has announced trading results that show it dipping into a loss for the 2014 financial year – albeit on increased turnover. Which prompts the question of how such an independent is faring in today’s book trade, and what its direction [ on]

Daunt Books runs flyer promo for Recommendations

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Daunt Books, the highly regarded UK bookstore chain which began with a travel focus and has since branched out into general book selling – as well as producing the savior of Waterstones, James Daunt – has a rather attractive version of the Amazon Recommendations engine: In print, [ on]

Did Waterstones really see a shift back to print?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 12, 2015 // 1 Comment

There’s been quite a bit of pickup of the recent Financial Times story on Waterstone’s, which supposedly supports a shift in UK reader appetite back towards printed books, where James Daunt, Waterstones CEO, said sales of which “disappeared to all intents and purposes”, according [ on]

James Patterson gives third round of grants to bookstores

By Susan Lulgjuraj
December 16, 2014 // 1 Comment

James Patterson is at it again. The best-selling author sent another round of donations to independent books stores around the country. This time, he doled out $473,000 to 81 shops in a third round of donations, according to the Associated Press. Patterson has donated more than $1 million since he [ on]

One of Budapest’s loveliest bookshops: Rózsavölgyi és Társa

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

One of Budapest’s most fascinating and attractive specialist bookshops, as well as the storefront for one of Hungary’s largest music publishers, is Rózsavölgyi és Társa, just off the tourist thoroughfare of Váci utca and a major feature of the Rózsavölgyi House, itself an [ on]

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