Among unknowns facing the UK book industry this year, the idea of a Waterstones sale is among the most vexing. There’s one point of agreement: Industry players would like managing director James Daunt to stay in place.
If Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs office can somehow categorize coloring books as not books—and “incomplete” because they’re not colored in—what might publishers have to pay in VAT?
‘Currently 25 percent of our top 20 fiction titles are translated,’ we learn from Waterstones. It appears that UK readers are surprisingly into international books.
In a day of congenial panel discussions and reassuring pep talks, London Book Fair’s Quantum Conference threw an amber-warm light on tricky times for publishing.
From Brexit (no) to bookstore social space (yes) Waterstones’ managing director James Daunt is certain about one thing: He wants ‘to sell more books.’
According to reports in The Bookseller, many Waterstones bookstores have removed the Amazon Kindle from their shelves because of poor sales of the device.
Some of the UK’s most famous authors and publishers are donating their earnings from book sales to raise £1m for Syrian refugees.
Technology is giving UK booksellers hope in their battle against Amazon, including a new web extension, Bookindy, that finds a local book price for you.
The Guardian reports that a UK campaign to stop children’s books being labeled for boys or for girls is gaining support in the publishing community.
Several self-publishing ebook platforms have censored rape, incest and other objectionable titles while others appear to continue profiting from them.