Is Amazon Too Powerful?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

Some feel Amazon’s growing power and influence threatens to create a hegemony. By Edward Nawotka I want to make a confession: I have an Amazon Prime account and I use it…a lot. I have a small child at home, limited time to shop, and a fast Internet connection. Amazon, in our household, has become synonymous with shopping. Though I have a …

#LBF11: Waterstone’s to Close 200 Shops in the UK?

In Global Trade Talk by Roger Tagholm

By Roger Tagholm LONDON: A shadow hangs over the aisles this year and if it’s not made up of volcanic ash this time, the consequences could be even more worrying for British publishers. The shadow is called Waterstone’s whose fate is of concern to almost everyone at Earls Court. At the moment, the chain’s founder Tim Waterstone and his Russian investor …

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 …