Bookseller Briefing 9/19 – week ending 1 March

  China crackdown on maps sparks major production delays A new censorship crackdown in China has led to Beijing officals checking all books being printed in the country for maps, causing delays of up to eight weeks for production teams and derailing launches for books featuring any kind of map. Chinese censors have long taken a…

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”…