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…

Bookseller Briefing 7/18 – week ending 16 February

Macmillan celebrates 175 years of publishing Macmillan is celebrating 175 years of publishing in 2018 with an initiative for independent booksellers, roundtable events and the reissue of “one of the most successful anthologies in literary history”. The publisher is using the anniversary, marking the founding of the company by brothers Daniel and Alexander Macmillan in…

Bookseller Briefing 51/17 – week ending 22 December

ACE report on literary fiction ‘a wake-up call’ Arts Council England’s report into the crisis in literary fiction should serve as a “wake up call” to the industry which needs to “radically rethink” how it presents the genre, the chief executive of Curtis Brown has warned. Literary agent Jonny Geller has said all those involved in championing UK…

Bookseller Briefing 49/17 – week ending 8 December

Industry needs ‘educating’ on audio rights says Kobo chief Kobo’s chief executive Michael Tamblyn has said that an “education needs to happen” in audio rights for publishers and agents to prevent one player dominating the market. Tamblyn, president and c.e.o of Rakuten Kobo, told delegates at The Bookseller’s Futurebook Conference in London on Friday (1st December) that…

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 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…