Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Trade News from The Bookseller

Big publishers are likely to feel a squeeze on their supermarket sales as a result of the sector experiencing a “once in a generation change”.
Two of Britain’s biggest supermarkets, Tesco and Sainsbury’s, are also big retailers of books. Both retailers reported slumps in profits in their recent financial results: Tesco reported half-year pretax profit was down 92% to £112m, after more than £500m was spent on one-off costs; and Sainsbury’s reported a
pretax loss of £290m.
Remote e-book lending in libraries leads to "significant" increase in borrowing, but not to an increase in book buying, according to interim trends noted at the six-month stage of a year-long pilot project.
Claudia Renton’s book about the influential Wyndham sisters has been awarded this year’s £3,500 Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize.
Her win for Those Wild Wyndhams: Three Sisters at the Heart of Power (Collins) was announced at the Biographers' Club dinner on Friday 21st November.
The freshly issued set of guidelines on "new agenting services" from the Association of Authors’ Agents (AAA) will help literary agents who “may not yet have had the opportunity to work out what good practice might mean to them” when it comes to self-publishing, the AAA has said.
The French Booksellers Association (Syndicat de la Librairie Française, SLF) is launching France’s first national publicity campaign for independent bookshops.

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