Bookseller Briefing 47/18 – week ending 23 November

  Continued audio growth for big publishers as new players enter market Audiobook sales are continuing to rocket, with a number of the biggest publishers in the space confirming they are still experiencing “strong double-digit growth” year on year. HarperCollins revealed it is still seeing “strong double-digit growth across the board”. While backlist audio sales…

Bookseller Briefing 45/18 – week ending 9 November

W H Smith ‘had planned’ B&N buy-out W H Smith reportedly offered to buy struggling US bookselling chain Barnes & Noble (B&N) last year before the deal fell apart. According to the Wall Street Journal, the UK books and stationary company was B&N’s would-be-buyer described in its ex-head Demos Parneros’s lawsuit against his former employers. The filings had said that…

Bookseller Briefing 42/18 – week ending 19 October

  ‘Milkman’ by Anna Burns wins Man Booker Prize Anna Burns has become the first Northern Irish writer to win the Man Booker Prize with her novel Milkman (Faber & Faber), a book about the sexual harassment of a young woman, commended by the judges for its “distinctive voice” and for being at once “particular and brilliantly universal”. Burns…

Bookseller Briefing 40/18 – week ending 5 October

  EU council allows removal of VAT from e-books The EU’s Economic and Financial Affairs Council (Ecofin) today (2nd October) agreed on a proposal which will allow all member states to give e-books and audiobooks the same VAT-free status as printed books. The UK Publishers Association has immediately called for the UK government to use the new powers.…