Week 32/20 – week ending 7 August

OUP prepares World’s Classics Orwell editions             OUP has announced its World’s Classics editions of titles by George Orwell, whose work comes out of copyright at the end of this year, 70 years after his death in 1950. Orwell’s exclusive paperback publisher until now has been Penguin. The editions have…

Week 20/20 – week ending 15 May

BA launches fund to help booksellers reopen The Booksellers Association (BA) launched a £50,000 fund to help its independent members prepare to reopen their bookshops once lockdown restrictions have been lifted. A phased reopening of shops will begin on 1 June, but it is not known whether bookshops will be among them, and the BA…

Week 49/19 – week ending 6 December

Bath branch leads the way as W H Smith revamps estate with diversity the focus Changes are afoot at W H Smith’s Bath store, where the shop is the first in a trial of refurbishments for the chain, led by head of books Peter Selby and Al Aldous, outgoing books trading director. The chain’s lucrative…

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…