UK Lit Festivals Defy “The Death of the Print Book” Phenomenon

In Europe by Guest Contributor

Ticket sales to UK literary festivals are on the rise, and more niche books and authors get time in the spotlight. By Alex Hippisley-Cox The literary festival scene in the UK is booming. It seems hardly a week goes by without some kind of literary programme being staged and the public’s thirst for these types of gatherings seems to grow with …

Beyond the E-book: Creating a “3-D Narrative” on Screens

In Digital by Guest Contributor

Should publishers simply be transfering the printed page, unaltered, to the screen? No, especially when there is so much more you can do, argues Kirk Bowe, CTO, of UK app developer TradeMobile. Editorial by Kirk Bowe, CTO, TradeMobile LONDON: The e-book is dead. Let’s be clear: with the transition from paper to electronic screens, which are increasingly more often on …

UK’s “Fiction Uncovered” Promo Aims to Make Underappreciated Writers Famous

In What's the Buzz by Guest Contributor

By Sophie Rochester It’s been quite a year for the publishing industry — an industry still straddling the realms of both print and digital. This could not have been more highlighted through the course of building up to Fiction Uncovered, the major new promotion to support the UK’s best fiction writers, which announces its inaugural selection of eight titles today. The …

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 …

What is the Future of “Social Bookselling”?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Do you only buy the books your friends suggest? Perhaps not. By Edward Nawotka It has long been a maxim in book marketing that “word-of-mouth” is the best. The same can be said for “handselling” in bookstores. So what happens when both move online? Book oriented social networking, nee bookselling, sites are proliferating. Copia and Bookish, in the US, and …

UK’s Waterstone’s Pins Hopes on aNobii “Social Bookselling” App

In English Language by Roger Tagholm

Beleaguered bookseller Waterstone’s is counting on aNobii, a book-oriented social networking site originally developed in Hong Kong, to help save them. By Roger Tagholm LONDON: Troubled UK chain Waterstone’s is pinning its hopes on the aNobii app which it officially launches next month. Not much has been said about this so-called “social bookselling” website, but it was clear from talking to …

Should Publishers Open Bookshops? London’s Book Industry Conference, Day 1

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Roger Tagholm LONDON: Curatorship and discoverability -– these were the buzz terms at the UK’s Book Industry Conference (BIC) which opened on Monday in King’s Cross, London.  Speakers representing independent shops on both sides of the Atlantic emphasized how good bricks and mortar bookshops are at “curating” a vibrant stock perfectly tailored to their community, while both said that …