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…

Bookseller Briefing 42/17 – week ending 20 October

Hachette Book Group terminates Weinstein Books The Hachette Book Group is terminating its Weinstein Books imprint in the US following the accusations of sexual assault against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein. Publishers Weekly reports that the imprint is to be terminated effective immediately. The decision comes after the publication of a New York Times report which exposed decades of sexual…

Bookseller Briefing 41/17 – week ending 13 October

Foyles to launch subscription book club Foyles is poised to launch a subscription book club as it positions itself to capitalise on Christmas trading in the final quarter of the year. The “Year of Books” will initially be offered in six packages: hardback fiction, paperback fiction, hardback non-fiction, paperback non-fiction, children’s, and fiction in translation,…

Bookseller Briefing 36/17 – week ending 8 September

Booksellers lose business after AbeBooks.com goes down Indie booksellers around the world suffered lost income over the weekend when the Amazon-owned website AbeBooks.com went down for nearly two days. The “technical” failure meant booksellers trading on the online marketplace for new, secondhand and rare books could not make any sales and customers could not make any…

Bookseller Briefing 34/17 – week ending 25 August

Australia to tax online overseas book orders Australia will reportedly begin a 10% tax on books ordered online from within Australia and shipped from abroad. Beginning in July 2018, the new regulation follows lobbying from the country’s retailers and the Australian Booksellers Association according to Publishers Weekly. The trade body has argued that its members are…

Bookseller Briefing 32/17 – week ending 11 August

Amazon UK Services sales soar but corporation tax payments halve Turnover at Amazon’s UK Services arm soared past £1bn for the first time in 2016, accounts filed on Companies House have revealed. However, its corporation tax payments halved to £7.4m after investment in its warehouses and distribution sent operating profit tumbling by over 50%. The…