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Tess Macleod Smith joins Net-a-Porter

Media Week – 2012-02-10

The Net-a-Porter Group has hired Tess Macleod Smith as its new group publishing director.

The Works ups pre-Christmas sales by 12%

The Bookseller – 2012-02-10

The Works is heralding a revived "commitment to books" after appointing a new c.e.o....

WH Smith to promote YA fiction

The Bookseller – 2012-01-27

W H Smith is to promote cross- over young adult (YA) titles more directly to adults via a new...

W H Smith ‘won market share’ at Christmas

The Bookseller – 2012-01-26

W H Smith says it increased its market share over the Christmas period, with retail analysts...

Post-Christmas digital sales rocket

The Bookseller – 2012-01-23

Publishers have reported e-book sales surging by up to 355% post-Christmas, as Nielsen BookScan...

W H Smith to enter Qatar

The Bookseller – 2012-01-17

W H Smith will branch out into Qatar after entering a franchise agreement with Al Meera Holding...

Harry Potter magic helps Bloomsbury Publishing to bumper Christmas

Guardian – 2012-01-16

Sales of ebooks up 38% thanks to bestsellers such as Heston at Home and Harry Potter box setBloomsbury Publishing has reported a bumper Christmas with sales of ebooks up 38%, thanks to bestsellers...

Indie publishers enjoy 'strong' Christmas

The Bookseller – 2012-01-16

Independent publishers have reported a stronger Christmas than in 2010, with Waterstones showing...

"Difficult" Christmas for Bertrams

The Bookseller – 2012-01-10

Bertrams has revealed sales dropped by 0.6% on a like-for-like basis in the run up to the festive...

Wright departs W H Smith

The Bookseller – 2012-01-09

W H Smith Travel’s trading controller for books Julie Wright has left the business and is...

What Sold in E Over Christmas

Publishers Weekly – 2012-01-06

Last year, when we asked publishers for their five bestselling e-books over Christmas, we received lists full of frontlist bestsellers, with a handful of backlist hits in the mix. This year, we again...

Printed book sales fall as Christmas digital sales rise

The Bookseller – 2012-01-04

Physical book sales in the final week of the year totalled £22.5m — down 70% week on...

Hachette reports a 'blockbuster' Christmas for e-book sales

The Bookseller – 2012-01-03

Hachette has reported a "blockbuster Christmas for e-books", selling more than 100,000...

App download surge on Christmas Day

The Bookseller – 2011-12-30

The number of apps downloaded on Google and Apple surged 125% worldwide to 242m on Christmas Day...

Christmas Day 'biggest ever' for Kindle

The Bookseller – 2011-12-29

Amazon.com has said Christmas Day was the "biggest ever day for Kindle book downloads,...

HC Christmas Day downloads top 100,000

The Bookseller – 2011-12-28

Over 100,000 HarperCollins UK e-books were downloaded on Christmas Day, the publisher has...

The Sunday Times prepares iPad and Android editions for Christmas Day

Media Week – 2011-12-22

The Sunday Times will be published on Christmas Day this year for the first time in its 190-year history, thanks to its new digital versions.

Foyles reports third year of profitable trading

The Bookseller – 2011-12-21

Foyles has reported a third year of profitable trading, despite "deep concern" about...

The Bookseller launches Christmas Trading Survey

The Bookseller – 2011-12-21

The Bookseller is launching its annual survey of how independent bookshops have fared with...

Jamie crowned Christmas number one again

The Bookseller – 2011-12-20

TV chef Jamie Oliver has scored his second consecutive Christmas number one, and his fourth since...

Digital marketeers set for busy Christmas Day

The Bookseller – 2011-12-16

Publishers are planning to up their marketing campaigns over the crucial festive period,...

Christmas on 'knife edge', says BRC

The Bookseller – 2011-12-15

Festive sales are still on a “knife edge”, the British Retail Consortium has said, as...

W H Smith supports Asda's Kobo move

The Bookseller – 2011-12-07

W H Smith has backed rival retailer Asda's move to join WHS in selling Kobo e-readers. The...

Book sales continue to climb ahead of Christmas

The Bookseller – 2011-12-06

Printed book sales soared by £8.8m week-on-week last week, with the latest edition of...

High street welcomes 'range' Christmas

The Bookseller – 2011-12-05

Booksellers say they are set for a "range Christmas", predicting that it will benefit...

National Literacy Trust launches Christmas appeal

The Bookseller – 2011-12-05

The number of children who do not own a book is increasing, the National Literacy Trust has said...

Radio Times drops Santa Claus from Christmas cover

Guardian – 2011-12-02

Magazine says Father Christmas could be seen as a 'symbol of over-indulgence', so it opts for tree illustrationSanta Claus has been banished from the cover of the Radio Times Christmas issue this...

Christmas gifts 2011: which books will be under your tree?

Guardian – 2011-11-27

Our critics choose the books they intend to give this Christmas, and the ones they hope to receiveWhat do you think are the best books of 2011? Take part in our open thread discussion hereDiana...

Big names set for bumper Christmas

The Bookseller – 2011-11-25

Booksellers are relying on a handful of established names to boost sales this Christmas, with...

Ring in the holidays with "A Charlie Brown Christmas" for tablets

Betanews – 2011-11-19

Yesterday I coughed up $6.99 for Loud Crow Interactive's digital pop-up remake of the Charles Schultz holiday classic. "A Charlie Brown Christmas" is available for Android and iOS from the Amazon,...

Sales fall at WH Smith in early autumn

The Bookseller – 2011-11-10

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Thu, 10/11/2011 - 09:44 Total group sales at W H Smith have dropped by 3% in the last 10 weeks, with like-for-like sales down by 6% in comparison to last...

Amazon.co.uk starts Christmas campaign

The Bookseller – 2011-10-31

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Mon, 31/10/2011 - 12:55 Amazon has begun its UK festive promotion today (31st October), opening a Christmas store and revealing Steve Jobs’ biography is...

Quarto reports 'much improved' third quarter trading

The Bookseller – 2011-10-21

Written By: Charlotte Williams Publication Date: Fri, 21/10/2011 - 08:27 International co-edition publisher Quarto has increased its revenue and profit in the first nine months of 2011, with "much...

Smith to be vice-chair of CILIP

The Bookseller – 2011-10-06

Written By: Benedicte Page Publication Date: Thu, 06/10/2011 - 15:26 Library campaigner Lauren Smith has been elected as vice-president of the Chartered Institute of Library and Information...

Dahl in R&J Children's Christmas Book Club

The Bookseller – 2011-09-29

Written By: Charlotte Williams Publication Date: Thu, 29/09/2011 - 09:37 Titles by Roald Dahl, Rod Campbell and Janet and Allan Ahlberg are included in the selection for the third Richard and...

Ali Smith on Green Carnation longlist

The Bookseller – 2011-09-28

Publication Date: Wed, 28/09/2011 - 14:09 Ali Smith, Jeanette Winterson and film director John Waters have all been longlisted for the Green Carnation Prize, now in its second year. The prize, open...

Hardback sales slump hints at late Christmas shop

The Bookseller – 2011-09-21

Written By: Philip Stone Publication Date: Wed, 21/09/2011 - 09:27 Printed book sales in the UK rose for the fourth consecutive week last week but remain significantly behind last year. According...

Tess Macleod Smith quits Hearst Magazines

Media Week – 2011-09-21

Tess Macleod Smith, group publishing director of Hearst Magazines' luxury magazine titles, has resigned from her position.

Odedina's Hot Key for Christmas launch

The Bookseller – 2011-09-16

Written By: Caroline Horn Publication Date: Fri, 16/09/2011 - 08:20 Bonnier's new publishing initiative, headed by former Bloomsbury Group editor-in-chief Sarah Odedina, will be called Hot Key...

WH Smith "delighted" as Westfield Stratford opens

The Bookseller – 2011-09-13

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Tue, 13/09/2011 - 16:07 W H Smith said it is “delighted” to have a new branch in Westfield Stratford City as the £1.45bn complex opened its doors for...

Retailers hail strong and open Christmas

The Bookseller – 2011-09-12

Written By: Charlotte Williams and Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Mon, 12/09/2011 - 09:15 Comic actor James Corden, star chef Jamie Oliver and actress Joanna Lumley are among the most hotly tipped...

Newspaper publishers want Christmas to come early

Guardian – 2011-08-29

Press looks to retail spending on advertising to lift revenueNational newspaper publishers are hoping Christmas comes early this year. Publishers, already heavily dependent on the final-quarter...

Marinker to retire from W H Smith's travel business

The Bookseller – 2011-08-24

Written By: Bookseller Staff Publication Date: Wed, 24/08/2011 - 08:25 Simon Marinker, managing director of W H Smith's travel shops, is to retire from the business at the end of this year. He will...

SEC Files Insider Trading Charges in Disney-Marvel Deal

AllThingsD – 2011-08-12

The Securities and Exchange Commission has charged a California man with insider trading in the run-up to the 2009 Disney-Marvel deal. The SEC says Toby G. Scammell took advantage of his girlfriend,...

Clare Smith moves from Harper to Little, Brown

The Bookseller – 2011-07-28

Written By: Charlotte Williams Publication Date: Thu, 28/07/2011 - 11:36 Little, Brown and Abacus has appointed Clare Smith, currently HarperPress publishing director, to the role of publishing...

W H Smith launches Priority Moments with O2

The Bookseller – 2011-07-25

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Mon, 25/07/2011 - 16:05 W H Smith has launched a new half-price book promotion in partnership with mobile phone network O2, which it said has the...

Grahame Baker-Smith takes CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal

The Bookseller – 2011-06-23

Written By: Caroline Horn Publication Date: Thu, 23/06/2011 - 11:15 Grahame Baker-Smith has won this year's CILIP Kate Greenaway Medal for his novel FArTHER (Templar). In his acceptance speech...

Retailers hit out at Christmas pricing

The Bookseller – 2011-06-10

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Fri, 10/06/2011 - 08:30 Penguin has defended the £30 r.r.p. price of Jamie Oliver's new cookbook as "fantastic value" after retailers accused the...

Dick King Smith and Arlene Phillips on R&J kids line-up

The Bookseller – 2011-05-26

Written By: Graeme Neill Publication Date: Thu, 26/05/2011 - 14:00 Titles from Frank Cottrell Boyce, Dick King Smith and Arlene Phillips are among the choices in Richard and Judy's second...

Dick King Smith and Arlene Phillips on WHS kids line-up

The Bookseller – 2011-05-26

Written By: Graeme Neill Publication Date: Thu, 26/05/2011 - 11:17 Titles from Frank Cottrell Boyce, Dick King Smith and Arlene Phillips are among the choices in Richard and Judy's second...

Marketshare of e-book sales drops back after post-Christmas high

The Bookseller – 2011-05-19

Written By: Charlotte Williams Publication Date: Thu, 19/05/2011 - 10:00 The percentage of e-book purchases has dropped back from the high of the post-Christmas period, falling to 2.5% of all book...

Post-Christmas e-book sales drop 2.5%

The Bookseller – 2011-05-19

Written By: Charlotte Williams Publication Date: Thu, 19/05/2011 - 09:15 The percentage of e-book purchases has dropped back from the high of the post-Christmas period, falling to 2.5% of all book...

Penthouse Owner FriendFinder Falls 22% in First Day of Trading

BusinessWeek – 2011-05-11

FriendFinder Networks Inc., the publisher of Penthouse magazine, plunged 22 percent in Nasdaq Stock Market trading after selling shares at the low end of the range in its initial public offering.

Richard and Judy in WH Smith deal

The Independent – 2011-05-11

Richard and Judy have signed a five-year deal with WH Smith after their Book Club proved such a success for the firm - shifting around two million titles since its launch last year.

Richard and Judy extend Book Club with W H Smith

The Bookseller – 2011-05-10

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Tue, 10/05/2011 - 16:38 W H Smith has signed an exclusive deal to extend the Richard and Judy Book Club until 2015. The high street retailer has signed a...

Wilbur Smith back in hardback as rebrand continues

The Bookseller – 2011-05-06

Written By: Charlotte Williams Publication Date: Fri, 06/05/2011 - 08:40 Pan Macmillan is to reissue selected titles from Wilbur Smith's backlist as hardbacks each year, under the Wilbur Smith...

Willie Anderson retires from John Smith

The Bookseller – 2011-04-27

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Wed, 27/04/2011 - 15:46 John Smith & Son deputy chairman Willie Anderson has retired after 38 years' service. Anderson began his career at the academic...

W H Smith to open in 50 new UK sites

The Bookseller – 2011-04-21

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Thu, 21/04/2011 - 15:43 W H Smith plans to open 50 stores in specially identified UK catchment areas over the next six years, with a "pragmatic"...

Profits up at W H Smith amid "soft" book market

The Bookseller – 2011-04-14

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Thu, 14/04/2011 - 09:57 Like for like book sales at W H Smith have fallen by 3% in a "soft" market as the retailer reported a 3% increase in profits to...

Daily Sport publisher suspends trading

Guardian – 2011-04-01

Daily Sport and Sunday Sport publisher takes action citing 'uncertainty of ongoing support' from its bankersSport Media Group, the publisher of the Daily Sport and Sunday Sport, has suspended trading...

WH Smith reopens shops under British Bookshops deal

The Bookseller – 2011-03-28

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Mon, 28/03/2011 - 08:54 Seventeen former British Bookshop & Stationers stores have held their first weekend of trade under WH Smith ownership. Nine...

Profits and sales up at John Smith

The Bookseller – 2011-02-28

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Mon, 28/02/2011 - 16:12 Strong sales in its UK campus stores have helped John Smith & Son to report a sales increase of 3.1% in its latest trading...

British Bookshops to cease trading within a month

The Bookseller – 2011-02-15

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Tue, 15/02/2011 - 17:04 All remaining 28 British Bookshops and Stationers stores will shut up shop within a month, unless a last-minute deal can be made...

UK bestsellers help Hachette prove resilient as e-books rise in the US

The Bookseller – 2011-02-10

Written By: Charlotte Williams Publication Date: Thu, 10/02/2011 - 10:08 Bestsellers from Hachette UK helped limit the decline in sales at parent Lagardere Publishing, according to results filed by...

E-reader market doubles over Christmas in the UK

The Bookseller – 2011-02-09

Written By: Philip Jones Publication Date: Wed, 09/02/2011 - 14:28 The e-reader market doubled over Christmas, according to statistics given out by the Publishers Association at its annual digital...

ASA drops W H Smith R&J book club ad complaint

The Bookseller – 2011-02-02

Written By: Lisa Campbell A complaint against a W H Smith advert for the Richard and Judy Book Club has not been upheld by the Advertising Standards Authority. The television broadcast, promoting...

Demand Media surges in trading debut after IPO

San Jose Mercury News – 2011-01-27

NEW YORK -- Online content publisher Demand Media's initial public offering was greeted enthusiastically by investors as shares surged 35 percent after debuting at a higher-than-expected price of $17...

WHS reports "solid" Christmas

The Bookseller – 2011-01-26

Written By: Lisa Campbell High street book sales at W H Smith were down by around 2% like-for-like in the weeks leading to Christmas, according to analysts briefed by the company, equating to books...

Digital "may ease tough trading year" in 2011

The Bookseller – 2011-01-07

Growing e-book sales could lead to the Total...

Children's author Dick King-Smith dies

CBC – 2011-01-06

British children's writer Dick King-Smith, who wrote the book that was the basis for the movie Babe, has died. He was 88.

Richard and Judy unveil new W H Smith picks

The Bookseller – 2011-01-05

W H Smith is launching a Richard and Judy...

Encouraging Christmas for independent booksellers

The Bookseller – 2011-01-04

Independent booksellers have reported an...

Books For Christmas! What The Heck Is That?

The New York Observer – 2010-12-23

Sometimes the innoncent wisdom of a child says it all. 

Magazine subscriptions study points to power of Christmas

Media Week – 2010-12-17

One in six new magazine subscribers are recruited in the month of December, according to research conducted by magazine trade body the Periodical Publishers Association (PPA).

Christmas to be decisive for Borders, Barnes & Noble

Reuters – 2010-12-16

NEW YORK (Reuters) - The two largest U.S. bookstore chains have offered up a compelling cliffhanger this holiday season that will seal the fate of brick-and-mortar bookselling.

Pan Mac launches six e-books for Christmas rush

The Bookseller – 2010-12-15

Pan Macmillan has launched a series of six...

Book sellers hope celebrities will lift Christmas sales

Yahoo – 2010-07-17

Book sales are set to receive a boost this Christmas from the publication of memoirs by some of Britain's most famous figures.

Smith to Retire, Puts Wellesley Booksmith up for Sale

Publishers Wekly – 2010-03-19

Entrepreneur Marshall Smith, majority owner of Brookline Booksmith in Brookline, Mass., is...

Peter Smith Publishers to Close

Publishers Wekly – 2010-03-16

After eight decades. Peter Smith Publishers in Gloucester, Mass., one of the last remaining...

John Edwin Smith, Philosopher and Author, Dies at 88

New York Times – 2009-12-19

The author’s work tackled large questions about the nature of truth from a pragmatic, pluralistic and specifically American perspective.

Smith steps up at John Wiley

The Book Seller – 2009-03-25

Stephen M Smith has been appointed as Wiley's...

Liz Smith Out at 'New York Post'

Editor And Publisher – 2009-02-24

Manhattan gossip columnist Liz Smith, who knew her way around a blind item long before today's celebrity bloggers were born, is no longer a New York Post columnist, due to financial considerations....

Roscoe Smith Leads Acquisition of Medical Information Business

Folio Mag – 2009-02-24

Intellerus, a private equity group headed by media industry veteran Roscoe C. Smith III, has acquired VerusMed, the medical information division of ConnectivHealth. Financial terms of the deal were...

New York Post to Scrap Liz Smith’s Gossip Column After 14 Years

Bloomberg – 2009-02-24

Feb. 24 (Bloomberg) -- The New York Post will stop publishing Liz Smith ’s gossip column after 14 years, the writer said today. Smith, 86, said New York Post editor Col Allan told her this month...

Science and legal publishing strong at resilient Reed Elsevier

Daily Telegraph – 2009-02-19

Reed Elsevier the publisher of the New Scientist has resisted the media downturn with strong growth in its scientific health and legal divisions.

Author flies 600 miles on Christmas Day to handdeliver Amazon book

Daily Telegraph – 2009-02-11

A respected author flew 600 miles on Christmas Day to handdeliver a copy of his book after promising an Amazon buyer nextday delivery.

Resilient strategy for New York Times despite toll of a recession

International Herald Tribune – 2009-02-09

Newspaper industry analysts say that despite some published alarms to the contrary, The New York Times Co. has positioned itself well to ride out another year of recession.

Pearson shares rally after upbeat trading update

International Herald Tribune – 2009-01-19

Shares in Pearson PLC, the owner of the Financial Times newspaper and Penguin books, rallied around 5 percent after the company indicated profits for 2008 would be ahead of market expectations...

Christmas Essay Was Not His, Author Admits

New York Times – 2009-01-08

A personal Christmas tale posted online by the author Neale Donald Walsch turns out to belong to someone else — the writer Candy Chand, who first published it 10 years ago.

Greig Smith begins work as S&E publisher

Sentinel & Enterprise – 2009-01-07

Staff reports Greig Smith, 51, has been named the new publisher of the Sentinel & Enterprise and vice president of advertising for MediaOne New England, which in addition to the Sentinel &...

Facebook 'sets Christmas record'

BBC – 2009-01-05

The social networking website was the second most viewed on Christmas Day behind Google, and ahead of YouTube and Hotmail.

iPrayer: Pope blesses iPhone prayer book just in time for Christmas

Scientific American – 2008-12-23

Although Apple's iPhone and iPod are primarily designed to deliver music, movies and other entertainment, they're also being used to bring religion to Web 2.0. A prime example: iBreviary, a...

Bloomington author gives children a look at the Christmas season for teens in the Middle East

The Times of Northwest Indiana – 2008-12-22

Imagine what it's like to be a child in Iraq at Christmastime. Kids in America think and dream about what Santa Claus will bring them Dec. 25. So do children in distant lands. Bloomington, Ind.,...

Christmas books offer wonderful variety

Centre Daily Times – 2008-12-15

For some families, a new Christmas book is part of each year's holiday tradition.

Constellation to cut trading jobs-newspaper

Reuters – 2008-12-04

NEW YORK, Dec 4 (Reuters) - Constellation Energy Group will cut as much as 8 percent of its workforce, or 800 positions, mostly in its commodities trading group because of weak financial markets,...

Bertrams trading with 'key suppliers'

The Bookseller – 2008-12-02

Wholesaler Bertrams has restarted trade with...

Christmas starting early for children's shops

The Bookseller – 2008-11-06

Exclusives are key to the Christmas offer...

Amazon names Dawn for Christmas

The Bookseller – 2008-11-05

Amazon.co.uk has identified Dawn French’s...

Smith new c.e.o. at Reed Elsevier

The Bookseller – 2008-11-04

Reed Elsevier has appointed Ian Smith, the...

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