Week 18/20 – week ending 1 May

Ladybird launches Little Big Moments Ladybird has launched a new initiative, Little Big Moments, aimed at supporting parents and helping children connect with family members who they can’t currently see. The publisher is sending a pair of matching books to a ‘separated duo’ each day so they can enjoy storytime together via phone or video…

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 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…

Bookseller Briefing 14/19 – week ending 5 April

  James Daunt says pay row obscures ‘decent progress’ at Waterstones Waterstones managing director James Daunt has warned that the company’s future is not yet secure. It follows a public row over pay, with booksellers and authors petitioning for the retailer to pay its staff the real living wage. Waterstones also this week released its…

Bookseller Briefing 21/18 – week ending 25 May

  Publishers urge government on e-book VAT ahead of crunch EU meeting Publishers are urging the UK government to support measures that would allow VAT to be removed on e-books, audiobooks and online newspaper and magazine subscriptions in the UK. At a European Union meeting today (25th May) taking place in Brussels, finance ministers will consider new proposals that would allow…

Bookseller Briefing 12/18 – week ending 23 March

Publishers take on planet’s ‘plastic pandemic’ Two more publishers are wading into the market for books educating the public about plastic’s ruinous impact on the environment and what humanity can do to help clean up its act. Ebury has revealed it is releasing an “eco-friendly” guide in May by Martin Dorey, founder of international anti-plastic movement the…