UK e-book and paper book bestseller lists differ dramatically

By Chris Meadows
September 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

In the UK, Amazon has published a list of its bestselling e-books of the year. That’s not really news—but just how much and in what ways it differs from a similar list of bestselling paper books compiled by Waterstones is. The Telegraph reports that Amazon’s list includes fairly lowbrow [...]

Are e-book prices too low? No, but they used to be too high

By Chris Meadows
July 25, 2015 // 10 Comments

I missed participating in yesterday’s Futurechat Twitter hashtag chat fest, but the article that formed the basis of the discussion is interesting enough by itself. Porter Anderson poses the question that has been on many publishers’ lips ever since Amazon first started selling e-books: “Are [...]

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, [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Edinburgh International Book Festival holds autumn event for Marilynne Robinson

By Paul St John Mackintosh
October 10, 2014 // 1 Comment

The Edinburgh International Book Festival, more familiar as an August fixture, is hosting an exceptional out-of-season event on the occasion of a visit by American author Marilynne Robinson, recipient of many awards including the 2005 Pulitzer Prize, the 2009 Orange Prize for Fiction, the 2008 LA [...]

Waterstones has an unusual customer

By Chris Meadows
June 3, 2014 // 0 Comments

Say what you will about Waterstones, they’ve got a sense of humor. First it was their plan to counter Amazon’ drones with a trained owl delivery service. Now a friend just directed me to this Storify tale about what happens when a customer reads aloud from the wrong book. (Granted, the tale is [...]

Nick Harkaway calls time on print vs. ebook debate

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 3, 2014 // 1 Comment

Tim Waterstone’s anti-ebook statements at the Oxford Literary Festival seem to have attracted quite a bit of backlash, and one common thread to the lashes backlashing seems to be that this debate is so over. The whole Us vs. Them faceoff appears to be inducing a welcome sense of fatigue in [...]

Tim Waterstone says it’s all over, you can go home now

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

Yes, the ebook revolution is officially over. Sez who? Sez Tim Waterstone, that’s who. Who he? A major bookstore chain founder. So it must be twoo… As reported in the UK Telegraph newspaper under the shout line “e-book revolution will soon go into decline,” the [...]

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 [...]

Waterstones announces plan to counter Amazon drones with trained owls

By libertyc
December 2, 2013 // 3 Comments

The Internet has been abuzz ever since Amazon announced it was looking into the use of drones to deliver lightweight packages to customers near its distribution centers. Personally, it sounds like another one of those things that is more about the publicity than the service. Amazon’s storage [...]

Waterstones has charitable pound covered with limited-edition Terry Pratchett Kindle cases

By libertyc
August 27, 2013 // 0 Comments

Waterstones in the UK is doing more to explore the intersection of the physical and the digital, as well as capitalizing on its high-profile relationship with Amazon, by running two limited edition Kindle cases from star author and Alzheimer’s sufferer Terry Pratchett , including a special [...]

UK's Waterstones tweets "first ever paperback books" — well, not quite

By libertyc
August 1, 2013 // 2 Comments

Leading UK retail book chain Waterstones has proudly tweeted a picture of early Penguins via its official Twitter account, declaring: “On this day, 1935. The first ever paperback books, from @PenguinUKBooks, were published.” Only, were they? As you might expect of such an obvious and [...]

Tim Waterstone wants to avoid the slush pile with Read Petite, his new digital imprint

By libertyc
April 12, 2013 // 0 Comments

Tim Waterstone is embarking on a new e-book project. It kind of involves owning a bookstore again. Sort of. Waterstone talked about his new venture, Read Petite, with The Guardian this week. It will be officially announced to the public at the London Book Fair next week. Read Petite is a digital [...]

An Update on Waterstones Academy

By Dan Eldridge
March 4, 2013 // 1 Comment

You may remember a post we ran last Monday about Waterstones Academy, a sort of university for retail booksellers that looks as if it may be launching in England sometime later this year. Waterstones, for those of you not familiar with the name, is a UK-based bookstore chain with some 288 [...]

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