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 …

At #LBF11: The Book is Dead – Long Live the Global Book

In What's the Buzz by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm In order to protect territorial rights and the best interests of authors, the industry should adopt the model used in other areas of publishing, such as STM and academic, and look at global publishing for trade works. That’s the view of Evan Schnittman, Bloomsbury’s MD, Sales and Marketing, Print and Digital. He says: “Whilst the ineluctable surge …

Swiss to Reinstate Fixed Book Prices

In Europe by Amanda DeMarco

The debate over fixed book pricing remains a complicated and volatile one in Europe. By Amanda DeMarco On March 18 the Swiss parliament approved a fixed price system for books in German-speaking Switzerland, both for online and in-store sales as of next year. The debate over fixed book pricing is a complicated and volatile one in Europe. Various degrees of …

Why Multichannel Bookselling is the Future

In Europe by Amanda DeMarco

Bricks-and-mortar stores give booksellers a “human face,” but in the future most books will be sold online. Making the two sales channels complimentary is key. By Amanda DeMarco BERLIN: Anyone who’s been following German book industry publications over the past nine months or so has witnessed the rising popularity of the term “multichannel book selling.” It’s not a new concept, …

Is Borders Guilty as Charged?

In Guest Contributors by Guest Contributor

In this exclusive essay for Publishing Perspectives, Philip Downer, the former CEO of Borders UK, discusses whether Borders’ management really is to blame for the company’s bankruptcy. By Philip Downer The dust is quickly settling on the story of Borders bookstores bankruptcy in the United States, and, for the commentariat, Borders is now a business that was always bound to …

Who Gets Hurt Most By Borders’ Bankruptcy?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Thousands of out-of-work booksellers, indebted publishers, smaller mid-list print-runs, fewer book reviews . . . the long-term repercussions of Borders’ bankruptcy are unpleasant to contemplate. By Edward Nawotka In today’s story, Philip Downer, former CEO of Borders UK examines why Borders went bankrupt. As someone who grew up outside Ann Arbor, Michigan, I was always a little proud to point …

Online Bookselling in Germany: Word-of-mouth vs. Online Search

In German Buch News by Amanda DeMarco

By Amanda DeMarco For a small publisher, getting titles onto bookstore shelves is a crucial challenge, to say nothing of gaining attention for them once they’re there. For customers, book buying can be an overwhelming experience. Tubuk, an online bookstore for independent publishers, aims to take the pain out of both. Independent publisher Andreas Freitag launched the German online community …

Abalúlibros Aspires to Become the Spanish Amazon for Books

In Growth Markets by Emily Williams

By Emily Williams MADRID: Online bookselling in Spain is still a nascent business, with less than robust offerings from the large bricks and mortar stores Casa del Libro, FNAC and Corte Ingles, but things are finally starting to change. Yesterday marked the announcement of Abalúlibros, a new online book portal that will launch in Spain in October. Ten book industry …