Week 52/19 – week ending 27 December

Got It Covered 2019: take our book jacket quiz [Click on the link above] Do you know your book jackets? Test your knowledge now, with our annual book cover quiz! We’ve cut out images from 50 book covers; can you identify the book from that tiny snapshot? All books were released for the first time…

Week 51/19 – week ending 20 December

TLS launches online bookshop with Monwell The Times Literary Supplement has opened a new online shop selling books, prints of its covers and illustrations alongside branded merchandise. Launched through e-commerce firm Monwell, which also provides bookshops for the Guardian and Archant, fulfilment for the new shop is provided by Gardners. The TLS said its shop…

Week 50/19 – week ending 13 December

The Holt Bookshop to close after 15 years The Holt Bookshop in North Norfolk is closing after 15 years as a result of escalating annual costs and online competition, which will soon leave the Georgian market town without an independent bookseller. Owner David Makinson confirmed he would not be renewing the shop’s lease in July…

Week 49/19 – week ending 6 December

Bath branch leads the way as W H Smith revamps estate with diversity the focus Changes are afoot at W H Smith’s Bath store, where the shop is the first in a trial of refurbishments for the chain, led by head of books Peter Selby and Al Aldous, outgoing books trading director. The chain’s lucrative…

Week 46/19 – week ending 15 November

BBC panel defend Cooper’s Riders on 100 Novels That Shaped Our World list The panel who picked a BBC list of 100 Novels That Shaped Our World have set out the reasons for their choices, including defending the appearance of Riders by Jilly Cooper. Revealed last week, the list is part of the BBC’s year-long celebration of…

Week 45/19 – week ending 8 November

US libraries boycott Macmillan over e-book policy change A group of US libraries plan to boycott Macmillan over its controversial new e-book lending policy, suspending purchases of digital copies from the publisher. From today (1st November) the publisher is limiting library purchases to only one copy of each new e-book title for the first eight weeks…

Roving Report – The New Zimbabwe Dollar (5)

    SI-231-of-2019-RBZ   Bond notes to be gradually removed from circulation Harare (New Ziana) – Bond notes and coins will continue being used as legal tender in Zimbabwe for a limited period of time alongside the new Zimbabwe dollar notes which are being put into circulation this month, a senior government official has said.…