What Can Publishers Do To Make E-Books Appealing as Gifts?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Faber Chief Executive Stephen Page believes “the challenge of gift to digital” is one of the major issues yet to be resolved in the book business. By Edward Nawotka In today’s feature story about the state of the UK book market, Faber Chief Executive Stephen Page noted the increased importance of gifting for physical books and believes “the challenge of gift …

Are Seasonal “Pop-up” Bookstores the Answer to Sluggish Sales?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Today’s lead story profiles Berlin’s Dialogue Books, an English-language bookstore that was open for just six months — and then moved online. In the story bookseller Sharmaine Lovegrove describes the store as a “pop-up” bookstore. Opening short run, pop-up retail locations is increasingly trendy. You tend to hear of them “popping up” around specific events, such as …

Germans Expected to Spend €1Bn on Books this Holiday Season

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary According to the latest consumer survey conducted by the Gesellschaft für Konsumforschung (GfK), consumer confidence is on the rise in Germany and booksellers in particular have reason to be optimistic about this year’s holiday shopping season. In an interview with GfK director Wolfgang Adlwarth, the Börsenblatt explored some of the implications of the survey for German publishers. …

Holiday Book Sales Still Down in Deutschland

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary The final weekend of the holiday shopping season was not exactly a source of holiday cheer for booksellers in Germany.  Sales fell 6.2% from the results for the same weekend in 2008, likely due in part to sub-freezing temperatures and snowfall throughout the country. The results were provided exclusively to the Boersenblatt by Media Control GfK International. …

November Sales Reversal in Germany

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Book sales in Germany for the month of November were down by 5.3%, according to buchreport, and thus jeopardize cumulative gains made over the course of the year. At the end of eleven months, sales for the year as a whole are up a mere 0.9% over last year. December usually accounts for more than double the …