UK Book Chain Waterstone’s Sold to Russian Billionaire

In What's the Buzz by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson Waterstone’s parent company HMV announced this morning that it would sell the UK book chain to Russian billionaire Alexander Mamut’s company, A&NN Capital Fund Management, for GBP 53 million. In a surprising move, The Bookseller reports that Waterstone’s current Managing Director Dominic Myers will be replaced by James Daunt to run the bookstore chain after the deal …

Lack of E-books on UK Bestseller List Causes Problems

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

In a convincing post at The Bookseller, Scott Pack, publisher of The Friday Project, an imprint of HarperCollins, notes that the lack of e-book sales integration into the UK bestseller lists cases a “whole host of problems,” not the least of which is that it might undermine a books ability to hit the list. Until recently, e-book sales in the …

Looking for Digital Inspiration? Take a Look at the Digital Innovation Award Winners

In Global Trade Talk by Hannah Johnson

By Hannah Johnson The Bookseller FutureBook announced the winners of its inaugural Digital Innovation Awards yesterday in London. The awards were launched in December 2010 at the FutureBook Conference with the goal to “highlight and celebrate professionals across the trade who are doing the real work to facilitate digital innovation.” And fitting with the speed of digital innovation in the …

Report from the UK’s FutureBook Conference: Bringing Great Writers into the Digital, Multimedia Mix

In Digital by Guest Contributor

By Sophie Rochester LONDON: If there was a key lesson from the first FutureBook conference organized by The Bookseller magazine and held in London for the first time last year, it was “experiment, learn and adapt”. Back again for a second conference, held the past Tuesday, the UK publishing industry appears to be responding well to the challenges of digital …