Week 28/20 – week ending 10 July

Gardners takes over Bertrams assets The Little Group has confirmed that it has purchased the assets of Bertram Trading Limited, which includes the assets of Bertram Books, Bertrams Library Services, and Dawson Books. The Group has stressed that it has not purchased the trading company and will not be trading the business in Norwich as…

Week 26/20 – week ending 26 June

Clock stops for Bertrams as it goes into administration The drawn-out saga of the potential sale of the business, announced earlier in the spring, has come to an unhappy conclusion with the news that the business has gone into administration. Administrators TBA issued the announcement on Friday (19 June). The collapse affects more than 450…

Week 25/20 – week ending 19 June

Lockdown eases: independent bookshops on their reopening plans As non-essential businesses reopen, indie bookshops explain their plans for customer safety – and why some stores aren’t opening just yet Bookshops in England may reopen today (15 June), in line with the easing of lockdown rules to enable ‘non-essential’ businesses to resume trading on high streets.…

Week 22/20 – week ending 29 May

Independent bookshops prepare to reopen for 15 June Following Sunday’s announcement that non-essential retail businesses can open their doors again from 15 June, independent bookshops are starting to work out how exactly that can be done. Because of the layouts of a lot of indie bookstores, social distancing may be difficult for them – and…

Week 20/20 – week ending 15 May

BA launches fund to help booksellers reopen The Booksellers Association (BA) launched a £50,000 fund to help its independent members prepare to reopen their bookshops once lockdown restrictions have been lifted. A phased reopening of shops will begin on 1 June, but it is not known whether bookshops will be among them, and the BA…

Week 44/19 – week ending 1 November

Audible looks to end Captions copyright lawsuit in US Lawyers for Audible say the legal action against its Captions programme could soon be over after making a proposal that could “moot” the ongoing lawsuit brought against it by seven US publishers, in a letter to the court. US publishers, including Association of American Publishers (AAP) members Chronicle…

Bookseller Briefing 28/19 – week ending 12 July

Hodder tight-lipped as Boris Johnson hints at further delay for Shakespeare biography Hodder & Stoughton has remained tight-lipped after Boris Johnson suggested his long-awaited book on Shakespeare could be delayed yet again. The Tory leadership hopeful’s Shakespeare: The Riddle of Genius was originally scheduled for release in October 2016 to mark 400 years since the bard’s death.…