Bookseller Briefing 48/17 – week ending 1 December

Newspaper investigation reveals ‘intolerable’ working conditions at Amazon warehouse “Exhausted” staff at Amazon are being taken away in ambulances and falling asleep on their feet due to intense pressure to meet warehouse targets, an investigation by the Mirror has claimed. Alan Selby, an undercover reporter for the newspaper, spent five weeks in the online retailer’s newest warehouse in Tilbury,…

Bookseller Briefing 47/17 – week ending 24 November

EIBF hails geo-blocking e-book ruling The European and International Booksellers Federation (EIBF) has praised proposals devised between European Parliament, the Commission and the Council which will ensure the geo-blocking regulation will not apply to e-books. The discussions, focused on the geo-blocking regulation, a technological protection where access to internet content is restricted based upon the…

Bookseller Briefing 45/17 – week ending 10 November

BBC launches first interactive audio story with Amazon Alexa The BBC has launched its first interactive audio story, a sci-fi comedy called “The Inspection Chamber”, available through Amazon Alexa. Referred to as “conversational radio” by the BBC, whose R&D team developed the story with production partner Rosina Sound, it will allow listeners to put themselves in the story by using their voice to play one…

Bookseller Briefing 44/17 – week ending 3 November

ST report on Waterstones sale ‘sensible enough’, says Daunt A story in yesterday’s Sunday Times reporting that N M Rothschild corporate financiers have been asked by Waterstones owner Alexander Mamut to explore a £250m sale of the chain has been described as “sensible enough” by the chain’s m.d. James Daunt. The report cited City sources as saying the bankers…

Bookseller Briefing 42/17 – week ending 20 October

Hachette Book Group terminates Weinstein Books The Hachette Book Group is terminating its Weinstein Books imprint in the US following the accusations of sexual assault against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Publishers Weekly reports that the imprint is to be terminated effective immediately. The decision comes after the publication of a New York Times report which exposed decades of sexual…

Bookseller Briefing 41/17 – week ending 13 October

Foyles to launch subscription book club Foyles is poised to launch a subscription book club as it positions itself to capitalise on Christmas trading in the final quarter of the year. The “Year of Books” will initially be offered in six packages: hardback fiction, paperback fiction, hardback non-fiction, paperback non-fiction, children’s, and fiction in translation,…