Taiwan brings back the bookstore

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 2, 2014 // 1 Comment

According to a recent report in CNN, Taiwanese bookstore chain Eslite is leading a renaissance of the bricks-and-mortar bookshop on the island, by focusing above all on the social experience of browsing and reading together. The chain facilitates this not only by a totally browser-friendly posture, [...]

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 [...]

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: [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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