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Barack Obama's record-setting memoir, 'A Promised Land', is causing headaches for indie bookstores that are struggling to fulfil orders

Waterstones on Gower Street in London on Wednesday. Waterstones Barack Obama's "A Promised Land" sold amost 890,000 copies in 24 hours, leaving indie booksellers scrambling to handle orders. Shipments from publishers are filling up spaces once used for shoppers and events at stores reckoning with COVID-19 lockdowns.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. At Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, boxes full of Barack Obama's "A Promised Land" kept arriving this week. By Tues...
Tags: Books, Publishing, Florida, London, Obama, Washington, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Canada, US politics, Bill Clinton, Presidents, Portland Oregon, Memoir, Penguin Random House


Barack Obama's record-setting memoir, 'A Promised Land', is causing headaches for indie bookstores that are struggling to fulfill orders

Waterstones on Gower Street in London on Wednesday. Waterstones Barack Obama's "A Promised Land" sold almost 890,000 copies in 24 hours, leaving indie booksellers scrambling to handle orders. Shipments from publishers are filling up spaces once used for shoppers and events at stores reckoning with COVID-19 lockdowns.  Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. At Parnassus Books in Nashville, Tennessee, boxes full of Barack Obama's "A Promised Land" kept arriving this week. By Tue...
Tags: Books, Publishing, Florida, Politics, London, Obama, Washington, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Canada, US politics, Bill Clinton, Presidents, Retail, Portland Oregon


INTERVIEW: Kindle bestseller Nicola May considers the pros and cons of self-publishing v. traditional publishing

Nicola May is a self-publishing sensation. She’s the author of a dozen romantic comedies, all of which have appeared in the Kindle bestseller charts. In 2019 she hit the #1 Kindle bestseller spot in the UK, across all genres, with The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay. It spawned a series, and the fourth book, Christmas in Cockleberry Bay has just published. Now she’s signed a three-book deal with Hodder. Jon Reed asked her why. This post contains Amazon affiliate links to the books mentioned. See...
Tags: Amazon, Books, UK, Interviews, Cornwall, Self-publishing, Waterstones, BBC Radio, Harper Collins, Traditional Publishing, Jon Reed, Hodder, Amazon KDP, Philip Jones, Corner Shop, Scott Pack


The Fire of Joy - Roughly Eighty Poems to Get by Heart and Say Aloud ~ Clive James

My chapter-a-day-of-a-thought-filled book endeavour is still going reasonably well, and no one is more surprised about this than me. I often start these things with great enthusiasm only for it to slowly wane into forgetfulness, missed days and before you know it not a lot. My book for October was Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald which was, sadly for me, the right book at the wrong time, so I substituted J.B.Priestley’s Grumbling at Large from Notting Hill Editions and have warmed to a man I’v...
Tags: Books, Poetry, Ted, 2020, Waterstones, James, Bay, Joy, Clive James, Ted Hughes, Clive, Notting Hill, Keats, Helen Macdonald, Simon Armitage, Priestley


A Conversation...

Bookhound and I were having one of our conversations the other day, it went a bit like this... Me : 'Clocks go back this weekend.' Him : 'That means it's only five weeks to Advent and the C*******s bough coming into the kitchen.' Me : 'But surely it was only last week we packed the deccies away and put them in the loft...' And we suddenly realised that this year had somehow vanished, and we have no real markers for it other than those we'd prefer to forget. No month in New Zealand obviousl...
Tags: Books, UK, 2020, New Zealand, Devon, Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall, Waterstones, Country Life, Don, Falmouth, Dovegreyreader, Cotehele, North Cornwall, St Raphael Huccaby, Coleton Fishacre


The Mirror & the Light, and shall we...

Firstly a few housekeeping details... an update on the Comments, or lack of, situation Thank you to those who let me know there were gremlins and my apologies to Handheld Press that it happened on the very day I had posted about  Potterism by Rose Macaulay and their very kind offer of a discount. Fear not the discount code EMILIE can be used with any of their books by Rose until October 25th and if anyone wanted to leave a comment on that post now please do. More Rose Macaulay to come. Sadly i...
Tags: Books, 2020, Hilary Mantel, Waterstones, Rose, Northern Hemisphere, Southern Hemisphere, James Naughtie, Dovegreyreader, Rose Macaulay


Perilous times...

Dearest book lovers, we are in great peril. For the book-buyers amongst us we are entering turbulent times as the backlog of new books suddenly bursts onto the shelves. Six hundred books published this week, and as I walked into Waterstones for my weekly browse I think every single one must have been on display. I'm currently working on the principle that we have had nigh on six months of going nowhere, spending nothing. No petrol money, no coffee and cake, no excursions,  and therefore my book...
Tags: Books, 2020, Waterstones, Charlie, Charlie Gilmour, Helen Macdonald, Cockayne, Dovegreyreader, Heathcote Williams, Vesper Flights, Emily Cockayne


Do Drop in...

Nipping in from the staycation deckchair, and the August sabbatical from longer bookish posts, with a post each Thursday-ish to make sure you are all alright, and this week to share my remedy if anyone is having a bout of the glums. I had a mild episode on Tuesday which I think might be about occasionally realising I can’t just hop on a plane to New Zealand and see Offspringette, all compounded by the fact that it’s her birthday today, but it’s not just me. These days you very quickly realise i...
Tags: Books, England, Ireland, 2020, New Zealand, Baron, Catholic, Waterstones, Yugoslavia, Laker Airways, County Mayo, Dovegreyreader, Rose Macaulay, Elizabeth von Arnim, Handheld Press


Wearing masks in shops a 'reasonable' measure, says Waterstones boss

James Daunt says making masks compulsory in England would be acceptable if it reassures people.
Tags: Business, England, Waterstones, James Daunt


How Waterstones is selling books during the coronavirus lockdown

Waterstones CEO: How I keep selling books while my bookshops are shut down.
Tags: Business, Waterstones


Kate Middleton surprises fellow shoppers with low-key outing to Waterstones

The Duchess of Cambridge has spent her Saturday shopping for books! Kate was seen leaving a...
Tags: Cambridge, Kate Middleton, Kate, Waterstones


Barnes & Noble's New Plan Is To Act Like an Indie Bookseller

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Bloomberg: Last fall, during a visit to Barnes & Noble's flagship store in New York City's Union Square, the British bibliophile James Daunt strode about the ground floor in oxblood loafers deploring the bookshop's hideous appearance. The carpets were dusty, and the escalators had broken down. A cheap pine table was littered with trinkets and scented candles. A vase was wedged between new titles, its bouquet of sunflowers sagging in brown water. "I like t...
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Bloomberg, Channel Islands, Publishers, Waterstones, Elliott, Twitter Inc, Barnes, AT T Inc, Barnes Noble, Holdco, Elliott Management Corp, James Daunt, Barnes Noble Inc, New York City s Union Square


Film 2020

We're always threatening to go the cinema more often, keep up with new films, stray beyond the parish boundaries to the bright city lights, but somehow we never do. The odd film here and there and then we sink back into the sofa again and watch a box set. But then word reached us that things were afoot in the metropolis. The Vue cinema on the outskirts has had to up its game in the face of competition from the big new all-singing all-dancing cinema in Plymouth City Centre (did I hear £15 a ticke...
Tags: Books, David, Dev Patel, Waterstones, Bob Mortimer, David Copperfield, Bryan Stevenson, Micawber, Dovegreyreader, Brienne, Tarth, Bookhound, Paul Whitehouse, Films 2020, Plymouth City Centre, Mrs Peggotty


The Pulse Glass and the Beat of Other Hearts ~ Gillian Tindall

‘The cycle from prized object to discarded one to rubbish, and then to extinction is a well-established one...’ Firstly my thanks to Avis who emailed a while back about The Pulse Glass thinking I might enjoy it. With a healthy accumulation of spendable points burning a hole in my Waterstones loyalty card, I wandered in for a browse while Bookhound was enjoying his birthday treat with the menfolk watching Pymouth Argyle lose at football (again). There was a long story to this New Year’s Day ...
Tags: Books, Liverpool, 2020, Avis, Plymouth, Dad, Waterstones, Len, Vera, Cott, Dovegreyreader, Bookhound, Gillian Tindall, Park Ride, Vera Griffiths, Len Chester Photos


Olive Kitteridge ~ Elizabeth Strout

It has taken me no less than ten years to make the acquaintance of Olive Kitteridge. I bought the paperback in good faith backalong even though I loathed the cover. It stayed on the shelf until I read My Name is Lucy Barton and realised I had to fill in the gaps. Elizabeth Strout's writing first came onto my radar with Abide With Me in 2006 and I was an instant fan. Having overcome the cover  in 2016 I then started to read Olive Kitteridge only to find the font was miniscule along with the line...
Tags: Books, Olive Kitteridge, Elizabeth Strout, Plymouth, Waterstones, Henry, Hartley, Truro, Christopher, Lucy Barton, New York Review of Books, Dovegreyreader, Daily Deal, 2019


Barnes & Noble’s ‘Crucifyingly Boring’ Stores

This more of a discussion thing than news but it is recent. From Publishing Perspective: https://publishingperspectives.com/2...le-challenges/ Daunt shows some of his plans: Quote: At today’s (November 25) FutureBook Live conference in London, James Daunt has said that the vast 629-store Barnes & Noble chain he’s now overseeing in the United States must rip out what’s boring—both in stores and online—and find its character if it’s to succeed. The FutureB...
Tags: Books, London, California, America, United States, General Discussions, States, US District Court, Waterstones, Northern California, Barnes, Barnes Noble, Noble, James Daunt, Daunt, Philip Jones


Dæmon Voices - Essays on Storytelling ~ Philip Pullman

Doing a bit of housework behind the scenes here on the scribbles and I idly clicked 'draft posts'. This is a helpful little feature that allows me to sift 'draft' from 'published' and it sometimes holds nice surprises. Surely I had already shared my thoughts on Dæmon Voices - Essays on Storytelling by Philip Pullman early last year? Perhaps this was a duplicate.. I hunted high and low, up and down the side bar and could find no record. I read the post through again, written in the early mont...
Tags: Books, New Zealand, Philip Pullman, Waterstones, Zadie Smith, Philip, Pullman, John Milton, John Carey, Dovegreyreader, 2019, La Belle Sauvage, Belle Sauvage, Philip Pullman Rare, Dæmon Voices, Pullmanitis


"Best Books of 2019" Lists Update - November 15th

For the twelfth straight year, I am aggregating every online year-end book list I find in this post. As the lists appear online, I will add them to the master list, updating daily. Please feel free to e-mail me with a blog, magazine, newspaper, or other online list I have missed. Previous updates to the master list of online "best books of 2019" lists. See also: Largehearted Boy's list of essential and interesting 2019 music lists (to be started soon). Please consider making a donation or ...
Tags: Music, David, Wall Street Journal, Waterstones, Inc, Candace, TripSavvy, Jenna Lenee


The World of Wolf Hall

Standing at the check-out in Waterstones the other day and a little pile of books caught my eye... The World of Wolf Hall - A Reading Guide to Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall & Bring Up the Bodies A free 50 page booklet that will also be published free on Kindle.  'Please do take one,' said the assistant. 'Ahead of the release of The Mirror & the Light, the stunning conclusion to Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall Trilogy, revisit two of the most celebrated novels of our time. Bringing the opulent, brut...
Tags: Books, Harry Potter, Hilary Mantel, Wolf Hall, Waterstones, Wolf, Henry Viii, Henry, HILARY, Thomas Cromwell, Cromwell, Dovegreyreader, Bookhound, 2019, Cotehele, Tamar Valley


Can UK bookseller James Daunt revive Barnes & Noble?

Waterstones boss James Daunt has taken charge of America's biggest bookseller, the ailing Barnes & Noble.
Tags: Business, UK, America, Waterstones, Barnes, Noble, James Daunt


Britain’s Largest Bookstore Chain Says It Can’t Afford To Pay A Living Wage

More than 6,000 staffers at Waterstones have signed a petition for the chain’s in-store staff to be paid a starting wage of £9 per hour (£10.55 in metro London), and 1,340 authors have signed a petition in support. Though the chain returned to profitability two years ago, its managing director says it can’t pay that much: “There’s a long gap between wanting to do something and it being remotely sensible.” – The Guardian
Tags: Art, London, Britain, Words, Waterstones, 03.26.19


WWW-Scraper-ISBN-Waterstones_Driver-0.09

Search driver for the Waterstones online book catalog
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Neil Gaiman Reads His Manifesto on Making Art: Features the 10 Things He Wish He Knew As a Young Artist

I think you're absolutely allowed several minutes, possibly even half a day to feel very, very sorry for yourself indeed. And then just start making art. - Neil Gaiman It’s a bit early in the year for commencement speeches, but fortunately for lifelong learners who rely on a steady drip of inspiration and encouragement, author Neil Gaiman excels at putting old wine in new bottles. He repurposed his keynote address to Philadelphia's University of the Arts’ Class of 2012 for Art Matter...
Tags: Google, Art, Books, College, Life, New York City, Neil Gaiman, Literature, Philadelphia, Hackney, Ursula K Le Guin, Alice, East London, Waterstones, Facebook Twitter, Chris Riddell


A Pentameter of Poetry...

A small regathering of the Candlestick Chapter has been convened and we have been busy reading the latest pamphlets (Robins, Christmas Lights, and, pre-empting the Chapter verdict but I loved it, an exquisite short story The All Night Bookshop) and will be reporting back on them dreckly. Meanwhile I thought I would parade a pentameter of poetry books that are by my side at the moment, and likely to stay there for a while because it takes me months to read a collection of poetry properly. Seamus...
Tags: Books, Australia, Poetry, Time, 2018, Carol Ann Duffy, Waterstones, James, Clive James, Seamus Heaney, Duffy, Dovegreyreader, Alice Oswald, Lautus Press, Janie Hextall, Barbara McNaught


Love story Normal People is Waterstones' book of the year

Sally Rooney's second novel Normal People is already being turned into a BBC drama.
Tags: News, Bbc, Waterstones, Sally Rooney


Root Factors In Write Essay Around The Uk

It’s not hard to know why Costa Rica is usually consistently ranked amongst the most beautiful nations in the world. With its delightful vegetation, exquisite surface combined with lake lining golden beaches. Costa Rica is every visitor’s paradise. Not many people result in the nation with anything below what happy memories. Every year, thousands of people pay a visit to your continent. You will be a particular too. Every so often, writing a good higher education essay is usually difficult...
Tags: Photography, Costa Rica, Waterstones, Photography Business, Don, Ivy League schools, Harvey Mudd, Trevor Anthony Ramos


Visit to Greenwich 18 October 2018

My brotherinlaw Steve works for National Maritime Museum in London and is able to offer us the family entry to Cutty Sark the historic vessel standing in the heart of Greenwich. We met up with Steve and his son Bryn at Waterstones and Steve to
Tags: Travel, London, Greenwich, Steve, Cutty Sark, Waterstones, Bryn, National Maritime Museum


Melmoth ~ Sarah Perry

Right...you might need a pot of tea for this one because I'm not interested in reading Melmoth at all am I. Not one bit. The social media hype for the book has been relentless for six months, we've definitely all known 'Melmoth is coming'. In fact I wonder about the impact of that on an author these days, I would be worrying myself sick about the burden of expectation unless I was Dame Hilary. As a reader I have to confess to some weariness in the waiting. Can hype cancel itself out I wonder.......
Tags: Books, Prague, 2018, Cambridge, Plymouth, Christ, Charles Bridge, Waterstones, Helen, Thea, Susan Hill, Paul Gilbert, Franz, Sarah Moss, Jonathan Strange, Borodino


Melmoth ~ Sarah Perry

Right...you might need a pot of tea for this one because I'm not interested in reading Melmoth at all am I. Not one bit. The social media hype for the book has been relentless for six months, we've definitely all known 'Melmoth is coming'. In fact I wonder about the impact of that on an author these days, I would be worrying myself sick about the burden of expectation unless I was Dame Hilary. As a reader I have to confess to some weariness in the waiting. Can hype cancel itself out I wonder....
Tags: Books, Prague, 2018, Cambridge, Plymouth, Christ, Charles Bridge, Waterstones, Helen, Thea, Susan Hill, Paul Gilbert, Franz, Sarah Moss, Jonathan Strange, Borodino


Waterstones Buys Book Chain To Fend Off Online Booksellers

Waterstones is buying the 115 year-old family-owned chain Foyles, saying the deal will help to “champion” real bookshops in the face of online rivals.
Tags: Art, Words, Waterstones, Foyles, 09.07.18