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Thursday, 23 April 2009


Supermarket giant Sainsbury's has set an ambitious growth target of a 50% increase in book sales across the chain over the next twelve months. The company claims sales will come from increasing the space set aside for books in its stores.

Buying manager, Richard Crampton told industry journalists that they are not performing as they should in the book sector and are determined to match the incredible book sales by rivals Tesco and Asda.

Amazon's's director of book supply, Kes Nielsen is to end a 15 year career in bookselling. He is moving to take charge of the company's clothing and sporting goods departments.

Sales of hardbacks are continuing to fall, retailers are claiming. Figures from Nielsen Bookscan, volume sales of the top 5,000 hardbacks have fallen by 14.3% during the first quarter of 2009. However during the first quarter there has been a lack of runaway bestsellers in comparison to the same period last year.

Lord Lucan: My Story will be published by Legend Press on 31st May 2009. Lucan went missing in 1974 following the murder of his children's nanny and the mystery of where he is or if indeed he is alive has never been solved. The book, supposedly written from Lucan's point of view is actually the work of writer, William Coles. The publisher took legal advice before agreeing to publish the book which will be billed as faction.

Young Sherlock Holmes - it's been done with JAMES BOND and now the estate of Conan Doyle have sanctioned a series of books by Andrew Lane looking at the early life of the fictional detective. The books are aimed at children and have no connection to the 1985 movie/TV series of the same name.

Chick-lit bestseller Belinda Jones has left Random House and signed with Hodder. The author signed a four book deal for an undisclosed sum.

Book sales are outperforming the wider economy, according to the latest data from Neilsen BookScan.

A survey carried out by World Book Day has found that two thirds of people have claimed to have read a book they haven't in order to impress someone!

1 comment:

Chap O'Keefe said...

I notice the Ulverscroft Group have updated their website for Australian and New Zealand customers: "Welcome to our new and improved website which has been designed with libraries' needs and services in mind." So far, the UK and USA sites seem to be sticking with the old format. The new sites look much better and user-friendly to me. Go to the countries index and click on the flags to do a comparison.

Ulverscroft, of course, put out at least a half-dozen westerns a month in paperback large-print (the attractive Linford and Dales series). I have four O'keefe books being reissued by Ulverscroft this year. Today, I put up an excerpt from the 1 July title, Misfit Lil Hides Out, at .

Western movie fans may recognize the illustration at the end of the text file. It was in public domain and the situation fits admirably!