If you missed out on the Booksellers Association‘s annual Conference in Harrogate, Publishing News has the lowdown in a big way:
- At his opening address, Borders UK CEO David Roche was “disappointed” that BA/PA cross-industry group hadn’t reached consensus on key issues such as launch dates and digitization.
- Following a virtually unanimous vote at its annual general meeting, the BA is now to establish a working party to look at whether printed prices should be removed from books.
- Shopping Queen Mary Portas believes many of the same retail tricks that work in fashion shops could work in bookstores, too.
- Random House UK explains how it wants to tap online potential.
- And Dr. Michelle Harrison put forward the notion that a crowded bookshelf is “unethical” – and that going digital is better for the environment. (the Bookseller’s Alison Bone has more, including the results of a survey about eco-friendly paper in publishing.)