WH Smith figures suggest better performance for UK high street book chains

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 17, 2014 // 0 Comments

Prophecies of doom for the main street book store may be a little exaggerated, if the latest financial figures for WH Smith plc are anything to go by. The UK high street book and stationery chain has recorded a 9 percent uptick in its profit for its financial year as at end August 2014, and an 18 [...]

Amazon goes same day in UK

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 16, 2014 // 0 Comments

Amazon has begun same-day delivery in the UK, in a manner that – unexpectedly – might even help book chains, or at least one version of them. “ today announced an expansion of its Pick-Up Location programme which includes the introduction of its first ever Same-Day [...]

Weekend Links: HarperCollins encouraging direct sales. Indie bookstores are not dead

By Joanna Cabot
October 5, 2014 // 0 Comments

HarperCollins Encourages Authors to Sell eBooks Directly (GoodeReader) HarperCollins is empowering their cadre of authors to sell eBooks directly with the advent of a new eCommerce platform. *** Thinking About Switching to iOS 8’s Family Sharing? Here’s What You Need to Know (GigaOM) [...]

Why Are We Still Missing Out on Book Bundling Opportunities?

By Joanna Cabot
October 2, 2014 // 3 Comments

I saw a specialty display at Indigo the other day which sucked me right in: art books. I have always aspired to have skills in this area and never felt like I really did. The featured book of this display was on a technique calling ‘zentangling’ which promised success for everyone: [...]

Morning Roundup: Wrong questions about education technology. Lessons from blogging

By Joanna Cabot
September 29, 2014 // 0 Comments

You Are Asking the Wrong Questions About Education Technology (Forbes) It sounds convincing. We should certainly embrace tools and technologies that will help educators become more impactful. But we should do it because it works, not for the sake of modern humanity’s obsession with progress, [...]

Morning Roundup: Netflix paying Time Warner Cable. Kensington partnering with BAM

By Joanna Cabot
August 20, 2014 // 0 Comments

Reading Helped Me Overcome a Racist Upbringing (Book Riot) Through books, though, I met a lot of people that I never would have met in person; more importantly, I saw struggles that I never would have experienced in my own body. *** Netflix is Now Paying Time Warner Cable for Direst Access and [...]

Morning Roundup: Same-day delivery doesn’t best bookstores. If we were Patterson

By Joanna Cabot
August 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Is Social Media to Blame for the Increase in Graphic Images in the Media? (Media Shift) Social media platforms are the Wild West of publication. Journalists and traditional news publishers are no longer the primary information “gatekeepers” of public discourse; neither are they able to impose [...]

Review: Designers & Dragons Vol. 1: The ‘70s

By Chris Meadows
August 8, 2014 // 1 Comment

I’ve finished reading through the first volume of the RPG history from that Kickstarter I mentioned the other day, and I have to say that I’m very impressed. In fact, I plan on nominating it for the “Best Related Work” Hugo when the 2014 Hugo nominations come around. It’s just that good. [...]

Toronto’s last French-language book shop is going out of business

By Joanna Cabot
July 26, 2014 // 0 Comments

Via Torontoist comes this sad news: Toronto’s last French-language book shop is going out of business. From the article: “For 10 years, Maison de la Presse Internationale has been offering patrons a wide selection of both international magazines and French-language titles from its home [...]

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 [...]

Morning Roundup: Still need publishers, First look at new iPhone screen?

By Joanna Cabot
July 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Why We Still Need Publishers (Book Riot) I was surprised to get this response, because I’ve always been vocal about the fact that, yes, we need publishers. I want to clear up the idea that I’m egging people onto the anti-publishing bandwagon. *** 2014 Smashwords Survey Reveals New Opportunities [...]

Reinventing the Bookstore

By Joanna Cabot
July 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

Thanks to Nate at The Digital Reader for his fascinating recap of an article from a magazine called ‘More Intelligent Life’ which offers a series of concepts for reinventing the physical bookstore. The concepts had some interesting ideas in them, such as customizable reading areas, and [...]

Morning Roundup: Do writers need a union? Reinventing the bookstore and more

By Joanna Cabot
July 7, 2014 // 1 Comment

How I Failed at my Book-Buying Ban (Book Riot) So in order to at least catch up a little bit on reading the books I already owned, I decided, at the beginning of 2013, that I wouldn’t buy books anymore… *** How J-Schools Are Tackling the Demand for Data Journalism Skills (Media Shift) Gone [...]

James Patterson buys good karma, wants you to know it

By Paul St John Mackintosh
June 25, 2014 // 5 Comments

James Patterson is in the news again – correction, James Patterson has bought himself a slot in the news again. And he wants you to know he’s a giver. He’s given more on top of what he gave before. He adores your bookstores. And he wants them to love him too. I know it’s [...]

What does your ideal bookstore look like?

By Joanna Cabot
June 19, 2014 // 0 Comments

Book Riot’s charming ‘Reading Lives’ recently series posed this question: what does your ideal bookstore look like? Author Susie Rodarme enumerated her desired features: spacious design, large selection of small press books, comfortable seating, nighttime hours, recommendations [...]

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