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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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...

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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%...

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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...

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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.

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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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