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  • Beta testing search

    Tue, 29 Jun 2010 07:19

    We've been doing some work recently at BookDepository HQ to fine tune our search and recommends engines. We've analysed our sales and book data to make our algorithms work better, and the results are now in Beta test for you to try.

    You'll now see different books in "Top Results" on the search page and you'll see a new set of books in the "Other people who viewed this bought" tab on the product page.

    You can see the beta test by using the site whilst logged in. If you are logged out, then you'll see the old results. If you havent got an account, you can create one here

    Please do give it a try and reply with any feedback, or you can get me on twitter @william_jones

    Enjoy!

    Will Jones - IT Director Book Depository

    New Top results

    New Recommends
  • Teach Yourself competiton

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    Enter on Facebook Or tweet your tips using #HHtbd

    Teach Yourself offer a range of great language courses for your holiday or just for fun!

    Competition closes on the 31st July 2010 and is open to entrants worldwide over 18 full terms can be found on the Hidden Holidays Competition Facebook page.

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  • Best Business Books?

    Tue, 15 Jun 2010 04:25

    I was asked recently which business books I rated most, as a result I put together the following list. They are pretty eclectic and as a selection are part academic, part practical - I took an MBA a few years ago and this has coloured the choices a little.

    1. 'The Balanced Scorecard' - 'what gets measured gets managed' etc. every month at The Book Depository we produce the four quadrant measures so we can look at indicators which mean more than just backward looking financial measures.

    2. ' Leading the Revolution' - Gary Hamel has written a couple of excellent titles about getting organisations to achieve amazing things - this one is more tech oriented, the previous (and probably more famous title) was 'Competing for the Future'

    3. 'Human Resource Management' was said for many years to be Personnel management in new bottles. With a more critical approaches John Storey takes a fascinating and helpful look at getting the most from the people in any business.

    4. 'Strategy Bites Back' - Strategy is the hardest academic element to an MBA (in my experience) and also getting it right can make or break a busienss. Mintzberg is a canadian academic who has made this subject his own, and presents readable and helpful books that really do advance understanding and offer some practical ideas.

    5. 'Guerrilla Marketing' cheap, dynamic marketing ideas targetted at smaller businesses.

    6. 'The New Age of Innovation' - C K Prahalad sadly died earlier this year, he was a superb business writer, and also worked alongside Gary Hamel he took a uniquely global business view - seeing opportunities and ideas in workforces and customers that span the globe - something close to our hearts at The Book Depository.

    7. Not strictly business, but what digital innovation should be about today, Cory Doctorow's 'Makers' can't get more of a start up feel than that.

    8. 'The Future of the Internet - and how to stop it' - Zittrain's book on the web's future, quite heavy going and densly written but well worth it he presses the dangers or appliantization and the need to defend a generative internet.

    9. 'Convergence Culture' not a new book, however a great title that examines new culture across the globe.

    10. 'Getting Real' book from the 37Signals crew, they have a new title out too - this one is very focused on how to develop fast, effectively with nothing getting in the way.

    I hope you share some of my favourites - I'd be interested to hear yours too.

    Kieron - MD The Book Depository

  • Are things getting better?

    Wed, 02 Jun 2010 08:03

    Matt Ridley's rationally optimistic guide to life, the planet and the future of humankind The Rational Optimist:



    Kieron 2/06/2010
  • Bookseller redux banner

    Each Monday, here on Editor's Corner, I run through the latest issue of the Bookseller magazine and pick out the bits and pieces of book industry news that catch my eye.

    This quick round-up of book stuff is culled from the pages of last Friday's 31st July issue:

    • Supermarkets now sell "one in every five books bought in the UK"
    • Sony is believed to be launching a "new version of its Reader, which will include wi-fi access"
    • South London Independent bookseller "Crockatt and Powell has closed this week after almost four years of trading"
    • Waterstone's hub "up and running" "Waterstone's will begin supplying almost all of its stores from its new distribution centre by the end of this week"
    • "The three small publishers [Quadrille, The History Press and Michael O'Mara] who have seen the largest drop-off in sales in the first half of the year" remain confident about future trading"
    • Comedian Simon Pegg followed Russell Brand "in postponing the release of his title...autobiography 'Out of Spaced', first of a three book deal struck for seven figures last year, has been pushed back to next autumn"
    • Poetry publisher Salt "has raised enough money to get through the rest of this year after the success of its 'Just One Book' campaign"
    • Jacqueline Wilson "will turn her hand to full-length historical fiction for the first time this autumn, with a book set in London's first home for abandoned children"
    • The book trade "has hailed a 'strong' longlist for the 2009 Man Booker Prize, which was revealed on Tuesday. Many retailers commented on the 'curveball' inclusion of James Lever's 'Me Cheeta', with several tipping Hilary Mantel's 'Wolf Hall'...as a potential winner"
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