A late-summer standoff has flared with the US publishing industry’s largest–and longest-struggling–brick-and-mortar retail chain. Its former CEO is suing for defamation. The company, in response, alleges sexual harassment.
Encouraged to ‘exchange opinions, push yourself to create a network,’ Mexico’s booksellers at the CONTEC conference were challenged to adopt digital sales systems’ support for retail.
The latest book market statistics from Germany show that flat book sales are being generated by fewer overall book buyers. The Börsenverein calls for a focus on potential readers.
As other companies have done, Świat Książki has gained traction in part by taking over some locations of the distressed Matras chain in Poland’s bookstore marketplace.
The way to open a new poetry bookstore at a communal office, says the UK’s Second Home, is to hold a poetry festival on the premises. The company’s Holland Park facility is the venue in June.
The shakeout continues in Polish book retail, as the closure of bookstore chain Matras opens chances for competitors BookBook, Mole Mole, and Świat Książki to expand.
The idea of negotiating as a group for better discounts, more author appearances, and more has excited a group of independent booksellers in the UK.
Named for Mexican novelist and diplomat Jaime Torres Bodet, UNESCO’s honor recognizes a Cuban institution’s presence in literature and the arts; and in Bucharest, a French bookselling success.
In Rome, a North American publisher joins its Italian founder in a new English-language bookshop. And in Rotterdam, Sweek launches another competition.
Czech book distributor Euromedia Group hopes to expand its activity by acquiring the country’s leading bookstore chain, Neoluxor.