The Bookseller

Bookseller: Waterstones deletes Kindles from stores

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

Britain’s The Bookseller has run a report headlined “Waterstones is removing Kindles from stores,” declaring that the UK’s top book chain has decided to withdraw Kindles from many of its shops, with Waterstones MD James Daunt quoted as saying that “sales of Kindles [...]

Do bookshops, publishers cheat readers?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 16, 2015 // 4 Comments

Author David Nicholls‘s keynote speech at the London Book Fair Digital Minds Conference appears to have been garnering quite a bit of ridicule, as well as attention, for his claim that showrooming is just a “genteel form of shoplifting.” And far be it from me to hold back. So here’s [...]

Cheltenham LitFest comes out in favor of fair pay for authors

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 7, 2015 // 0 Comments

The topic of fair pay for authors and other speakers participating in literary festivals is one that simply doesn’t ever seem to go away. I wrote a piece a couple of years ago highlighting how, in the words of Susan Hill, “litfests make a lorra lorra money for those who run them” [...]

Tesco bails on Blinkbox, bids bye to Blinkbox Books

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Tesco has followed through on widespread predictions, and followed the sale of its Blinkbox video service and telecoms provider platform with the disposal of its other Blinkbox-branded online media ventures, including Blinkbox books. Tesco has sold its streaming music service, Blinkbox Music, to [...]

Where publishers ought to be behind libraries

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 20, 2015 // 1 Comment

As a recent, rather vexed, letter to the UK Guardian points out, publishers and booksellers facing an apparent decline in appetite for the printed word ought also to be looking to their libraries – and supporting them more. Because it’s a no-brainer to conclude that the more libraries [...]

UK indie bookseller sector not dead yet apparently

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Despite the best efforts of UK business rates and rent setters, and Big Publishing, British independent booksellers appear not to have been killed off yet, but are in fact thriving, at least if a piece in The Bookseller, reporting the results of its own survey, is anything to go by. The [...]

Do UK writers have a right to protest Scottish independence?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
August 8, 2014 // 2 Comments

The Bookseller is devoting headline space to the contribution by UK authors – most of them neither Scottish nor resident in Scotland – to an open letter signed by “over 200 great names” on behalf of the Let’s Stay Together campaign, which aims to give “a voice to [...]

The Bookseller takes time to rubbish, undermine AuthorEarnings report

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 24, 2014 // 0 Comments

In the immediate aftermath of the latest Hugh Howey-helmed AuthorEarnings report, which came hard on the heels of the UK Society of Authors’ lamentation over the state of … well, author earnings … , The Guardian sought out SoA general secretary Nicola Solomon and Philip Jones, [...]

Is Philip Jones really standing up for the book?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 7, 2014 // 0 Comments

In the context of Joanna Cabot’s recent post asking “Would Anyone Care About the Amazon/Hachette Dispute If it Wasn’t About Books?”, it’s worth picking up the editorial “Disinterested? Moi?” by Philip Jones, editor of The Bookseller, about the primacy of the [...]

Hugh Howey gets behind self-publishing for literature

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 27, 2014 // 0 Comments

Hugh Howey Hugh Howey recently posted a thoughtful piece on the future contribution of self-publishing to literary fiction which seems to have sort of got lost amid all the excitement over his latest AuthorEarnings report and the Hachette/Amazon face-off. It’s no surprise to see him come out [...]

Ernest Hemingway’s work really going digital for the first time?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 28, 2014 // 1 Comment

A just ever so slightly surprising headline has appeared in The Bookseller, bible of the UK book trade. “Hemingway’s work goes digital for the first time,” it claims. And for one anxiety-inducing moment, I rushed to Amazon to check if it was true. After all, my old Microsoft [...]

Your lads aren’t reading? Blame the girls

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 25, 2014 // 1 Comment

UK politicians, policy-makers and writers: Got a problem with your male population’s reading habits? Guys too lumpen and anti-intelligent to be good citizens? Workforce too ignorant to be competitive? Well, here’s an easy get-out: blame the women in publishing. Because according to a [...]

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