Bookseller Briefing 15/19 – week ending 12 April

W H Smith to cull backlist in new books strategy W H Smith plans to cull its backlist and build areas of growth such as children’s and lighter readers with a “forensic store by store focus on space management to optimise the returns from core categories.” A W H Smith spokeswoman told The Bookseller there are plans to “selectively…

Bookseller Briefing 45/18 – week ending 9 November

W H Smith ‘had planned’ B&N buy-out W H Smith reportedly offered to buy struggling US bookselling chain Barnes & Noble (B&N) last year before the deal fell apart. According to the Wall Street Journal, the UK books and stationary company was B&N’s would-be-buyer described in its ex-head Demos Parneros’s lawsuit against his former employers. The filings had said that…