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Copyright law change ‘could devastate author incomes’

June 2021:  An alliance of organisations including the Publishers Association and Society of Authors has launched a campaign warning of a “potentially devastating” change to the UK’s copyright laws, The Bookseller reports. The Save Our Books campaign, also backed...


Spend more on school libraries, PM told

April: Cressida Cowell, the Waterstones Children’s Laureate, is calling on Boris Johnson to commit to a yearly investment of £100m in primary school libraries. According to the Great School Libraries campaign one in eight primary schools in the UK...


March; Waterstones says it will buddy-up with Next

Waterstones, practically the last big High Street bookseller, is to open concession units in Next retail stores, the company has announced .   The first outing will be in Leicester. There is no news yet whether a similar ‘partnership’ will...


Christmas glee for indie bookstores

More than three-quarters of independent booksellers responding to The Bookseller’s 2020 Christmas trading survey saw a rise in business year-on-year for the festive period. Meanwhile, a separate survey conducted by the Booksellers Association found 57.7% of booksellers it polled reported that trading was...


New indy bookstore takes aim at Amazon goliath

A new retail website – which hopes one day to grow big enough to take on Amazon – was launched in November. Called simply Bookshop. Org the enterprise offers independent bookstores 30 per cent of cover price sales income...


Now Mercedes revs up its stake in Aston Martin

Another big investment deal was announced for luxury sports car maker Aston Martin Lagonda at the end of October. Mercedes-Benz, which already owns 5 per cent of the company said it will increase its holding “in stages” from 5%...


Country’s last parchment-maker is ‘endangered species’

The art of Parchment and vellum making – ( eg making a writing material from processed animal skin where vellum refers specifically to calf skin, and parchment to sheep and goat skin) is critically endangered, says MK Heritage Association...


Waterstones to shut in CentreMK, Milton Keynes

From the Bookseller Aug 5: Waterstones has announced the permanent closure of its bookshop in Silbury Arcade at the MK Shopping Centre, Milton Keynes, over “excessive” rent demanded from its landlord.


Book reveals the Royals’ love affair with Aston Martin cars

A NEW book that charts the remarkable relationship between the Royal Family and Aston Martin cars of Newport Pagnell goes on sale at the end of October.

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