Bookseller Briefing 19/18 – week ending 11 May

  English PEN to celebrate Mandela centenary with poets and activists English PEN is celebrating the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth by holding an evening of readings with writers and creatives including Ted Hughes Award-winner Jay Bernard and Makar Jackie Kay. Taking place at the Union Chapel in London, the event is scheduled for 17th July – ahead of Mandela’s birthday on 18th…

Bookseller Briefing 18/18 – week ending 4 May

  Clays sold to Italian printers Elcograf Suffolk-based book printers Clays has been bought by Italian printers Elcograf S.p.A for £23.8m. No redundancies will follow the acquisition, and the senior management team will remain as it is, Clays managing director Paul Hulley told The Bookseller. The sale of Clays, a 200-year-old business and the largest single-site manufacturer of printed monochrome books for…

TV – PBS – The Great American Read

The Great American Read premieres Tuesday, May 22 at 8/7c. Official trailer The 100 List   THE GREAT AMERICAN READ is an eight-part series that explores and celebrates the power of reading, told through the prism of America’s 100 best-loved novels (as chosen in a national survey).  It investigates how and why writers create their…

Bookseller Briefing 17/18 – week ending 27 April

Readers encouraged to ‘ditch burdensome books’ for WBN New research by the Reading Agency suggests the UK is a nation afflicted with “book-block”, with many readers deciding to give up on books after struggling through a difficult title. The survey, commissioned to mark World Book Night on Monday 23rd April, reveals more than half of…

Bookseller Briefing 16/18 – week ending 20 April

  Amazon unveils international shopping app Amazon has launched an “international shopping experience” through an app which allows customers worldwide to browse and ship more than 45 million products from the US. The Amazon Shopping App is offered across mobile devices in five languages, including English, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, German, and Brazilian Portuguese, altogether offering customers the…

UK Books – Exhaustion of rights

  The concept of ‘exhaustion of rights’ (from the blog post Amazon and Brexit fuel territoriality fears) is not something I am familiar with, and the following article, courtesy WIPR provides a helpful explanation: Brexit: changes ahead for exhaustion of rights If the UK leaves the EU without joining the European Economic Area, the principle of trademark…

Bookseller Briefing 15/18 – week ending 13 April

Waterstones sale expected to complete this month The sale of Waterstones to hedge fund Elliott Advisors is likely to close at the end of this month, The Booksellerunderstands. The looming deal has caused a delay in increasing the pay of senior booksellers, after junior staff saw their salaries rise with the increase in the National Minimum Wage. A…