Bookseller Briefing 23/18 – week ending 8 June

  Eighty librarians condemn deal between Home Office and SCL Eighty library professionals have signed an open letter condemning a deal between the Society of Chief Librarians (SCL) and UK Visas and Immigration that will see libraries provide biometric visa support services. The new contract, delivered by IT consultancy Sopra Steria, will be rolled out…

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 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 52/17 – week ending 29 December

Half-price post-Christmas offers lure bargain-hunters Retailers have unleashed a range of post-Christmas sales promotions to lure in shoppers, both in-store and online. Waterstones’ bountiful half-price selection features Christmas Number One Bad Dad (HarperCollins) by David Walliams, hotly tipped stocking filler Bletchley Park Brainteasers (Headline) by Sinclair McKay, both retailing at £6.49, with Dan Brown’s Origin (Transworld) reduced to £10. Foyles is offering a “doozy”…

Bookseller Briefing 44/17 – week ending 3 November

ST report on Waterstones sale ‘sensible enough’, says Daunt A story in yesterday’s Sunday Times reporting that N M Rothschild corporate financiers have been asked by Waterstones owner Alexander Mamut to explore a £250m sale of the chain has been described as “sensible enough” by the chain’s m.d. James Daunt. The report cited City sources as saying the bankers…

Bookseller Briefing 10/17 – Week ending 10 March

Daunt slams ‘crushing consistency’ in chain bookselling Waterstones m.d. James Daunt yesterday (2nd March) emphasised the necessity of giving power to individual store managers in bookshop chains, calling the “crushing” consistency exemplified by chain stores like W H Smith “god awful”. Daunt’s comments were made during the Monocle Media Summit at the Hyatt Regency London, a celebration…