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Mon, 08 Mar 2010 08:54
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 mainly culled from the Bookseller magazine (Friday March 5th issue):
- UK literary agents and authors "have been approached directly to sell e-books to Amazon"
- Foyles "has become the first high street retailer to sell a wireless e-book reader with the launch of the BoBook Neo"
- Irish book chain "Hughes & Hughes collapsed because of 'unprecedented conditions' in retail, according to the chairman of the Irish Booksellers Association"
- National Book Tokens "has sold 48,000 new electronic gift cards in its first month in operation, deeming the launch a 'trade-wide success'"
- The Penguin Group "passed the £1bn sales mark in 2009, but the cost of the Penguin UK and Dorling Kindersley restructures meant a 10% hit in operating profit"
- Wholesaler Gardners "is offering the winner of this year's Independent Bookseller of the Year award a prize of £5,000"
- the administrators of the "Reader's Digest Association Limited (RDA) said there was 'significant interest' from potential buyers"
- traditional booksellers "have had a frosty start to the year as shoppers stayed at home to avoid icy weather, with sales in Scotland bearing the brunt of the coldest winter for 30 years"
- travel publishers "are optimistic the sector could bounce back in 2010, after travel industry association reported a 27% increase in bookings at the start of February compared to 2009"
- "Faber, Quercus, Canongate and Allison & Busby have joined Bloomsbury's digital library initiative"
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