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…

Bookseller Briefing 05/17 – week ending 3 February

Amazon to fund legal challenge to Trump travel ban Ruby wax features in first Rough Guide podcast Waterstones back in the black after five years Lion Hudson makes 35 redundant Oxford-based Christian publisher Lion Hudson has made almost two thirds of its staff redundant and submitted a notice of intent to appoint administrators. Managing director Suzanne Wilson-Higgins, who took…

Bookseller Briefing 30/16 – week ending 29 July

Acknowledgements: The Bookseller Children’s literature magazine gets the ‘Scoop’ Amazon partners with UK government to test drone delivery Nielsen Book to launch online ISBN store Thirty-year-old flaws led to Blackwood Waterstones death Coetzee, Kennedy, Levy on Man Booker Longlist Booksellers hail ‘wide-open’ Man Booker Brief History of Time app from Transworld Weekly ebook ranking: Moyes’ high…

The Bookseller Briefing 40 – week ending 9 Oct

Acknowledgements: The Bookseller Waterstones is removing Kindles from its stores Henning Mankell dies after cancer battle Amazon expands one-hour deliveries in London Buckley wins BBC Short Story prize Super Thursday and Books Are My Bag [BAMB] get underway Unison condemns proposal to turn libraries into ‘gyms’ Orenda signs South African crime-writing duo