Bookseller Briefing 36/18 – week ending 7 September

South African publishers investigated for alleged price-fixing The Publishers’ Association of South Africa (PASA) and its 91 members are under investigation by the country’s competition authority over alleged price-fixing on books. PASA, which is the largest publishing industry body in South Africa, comprises publishers including the South African branches of international publishers Oxford University Press, Taylor…

Bookseller Briefing 35/18 – week ending 31 August

  Lawsuit reveals takeover bid for B&N by rival ‘book retailer’ Barnes & Noble was on the cusp of being sold to another book retailer in June before the deal fell through, it has been revealed. The information transpired after B&N’s former c.e.o. Demos Parneros filed a lawsuit yesterday (28th August) charging his former employer…

Bookseller Briefing 34/18 – week ending 24 August

  Waterstones unveils ‘more generous’ loyalty card Waterstones has today unveiled a new, “more generous” loyalty card, the Waterstones Plus, which has been developed in-house by the chain’s booksellers. The new scheme will roll the previous Waterstones Loyalty Card and its Stamp and Save paper into one and offer customers a more generous proposition: every…

Bookseller Briefing 33/18 – week ending 17 August

Booksellers urge government to ‘act quickly’ on ‘Amazon tax’ News that the government may bring in an ‘Amazon tax’ to help “rebalance the playing field” between physical and online retailers has been welcomed by booksellers. After department store retailer House of Fraser became the latest high street chain to go into administration on Friday (10th…

Bookseller Briefing 32/18 – week ending 10 August

  Bookmarks calls for solidarity after ‘frightening’ attack by far-right mob Socialist London bookshop Bookmarks was attacked over the weekend by a “far-right mob” and is now calling for solidarity following the “Nazi attack”. The Bloomsbury-based shop, known for selling books on a range of socialist topics including Marxism and women’s and LGBT+ rights, was…