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…

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…