Waterstones U-turns over unbranded bookshop in Edinburgh

Stockbridge branch to open under Waterstones name rather than appearing independent Waterstones has backtracked on plans to open one of its new unbranded stores in a district of Edinburgh that is already home to an independent bookshop – following an outcry that included criticism from figures including the Scottish novelist Val McDermid.A shop will be opened in the Stockbridge area of the city but it will be clearly branded as Waterstones, according to the company’s managing director, James Daunt, who admitted: “We messed up.” Related: Paul Singer: the secretive wizard casting a spell over Waterstones Related: Waterstones boss James Daunt: 'Books still work and always will' Continue reading... Continue reading at 'The Guardian'

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Torbay Bookshop up for sale

Written By: Graeme Neill Publication Date: Wed, 04/05/2011 - 15:48 The owners of the Torbay Bookshop, the Paignton based independent bookseller, have put the shop up for sale after almost 20 years trading. Co-owner Matthew Clarke said it was the right time to sell the business, with he and... Continue reading at The Bookseller

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Waterstone's launches second Picture This comp

Publication Date: Tue, 03/05/2011 - 08:00 Waterstone's has launched its second Picture This illustration competition, partnering with HarperCollins, the Daily Telegraph and children's author Michael Morpurgo. The competition was launched in the Daily Telegraph Review and on Waterstones.com on... Continue reading at The Bookseller

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Analysts warn HMV over discounted Waterstone's

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Thu, 28/04/2011 - 08:30 Selling Waterstone's for less than £70m could force the HMV Group into a company voluntary arrangement, analysts have warned. read more Continue reading at The Bookseller

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Mamut could buy Waterstone's for £35m

Written By: Bookseller Staff Publication Date: Tue, 26/04/2011 - 08:47 Russian billionaire Alexander Mamut could reportedly buy Waterstone's for £35m. The oligarch could close a deal for the British high street retailer as soon as this week, the Sunday Times reports. There are also reports... Continue reading at The Bookseller

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Children's laureate takes on Waterstone's branding

Written By: Benedicte Page Publication Date: Thu, 21/04/2011 - 08:20 The new children's laureate, to be announced in June, will be branded the Waterstone's children's laureate for the first time. The chain has been the major sponsor of the laureateship since 2006, and is understood to have... Continue reading at The Bookseller

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Johnson says Waterstone should give up on buying back chain

Written By: Graeme Neill Publication Date: Wed, 20/04/2011 - 07:54 Former Borders UK owner Luke Johnson has warned Tim Waterstone off trying to buy back Waterstone's. Waterstone is believed to be the sole frontrunner for the bookseller and has teamed up with Russian billionaire Alexander Mamut... Continue reading at The Bookseller

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'Heavy book buyers avoiding bookshops' says HC chief

Written By: Benedicte Page, Philip Jones and Charlotte Williams Publication Date: Wed, 13/04/2011 - 09:28 Bricks and mortar bookshops in the United States face a grim future, with the heaviest book buyers choosing to buy digitally, delegates at London Book Fair were told. read more Continue reading at The Bookseller

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Kennedy to leave Waterstone's at end of April

Written By: Graeme Neill Publication Date: Thu, 07/04/2011 - 09:07 Fiona Kennedy, Waterstone’s head of range, is to leave her post after more than 10 years. She joined Waterstone’s in September 2000 from Tesco, where she had been its buying manager for books. She said: “I have worked in retail... Continue reading at The Bookseller

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More bookshops close; another 500 jobs lost

Administrators have announced the closure of 16 more Borders bookshops, leading to a loss of more than 500 jobs. Continue reading at The Sydney Morning Herald

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Big Green Bookshop reaches 96% of its financial target

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Tue, 05/04/2011 - 08:28 The Big Green Bookshop is celebrating after achieving 96% of its path to financial safety. The indie retailer based in Wood Green, north London, sent out a mass appeal to its customers a month ago asking them to buy one extra... Continue reading at The Bookseller

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Mamut "given Waterstone's deadline"

Written By: Bookseller Staff Publication Date: Tue, 05/04/2011 - 15:12 Russian investor Alexander Mamut and Tim Waterstone have reportedly 15 days to put a bid together to buy Waterstone’s. On a blog on Sky News, reporter Mark Kleinman said: "Nomura, which is advising Waterstone's troubled... Continue reading at The Bookseller

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More bookshops to close

Administrators have decided to close 12 more Angus & Robertson stores, cutting another 102 permanent and casual positions. Continue reading at The Sydney Morning Herald

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Waterstone plans to "return chain to stock-holding roots"

Written By: Bookseller Staff Publication Date: Mon, 28/03/2011 - 09:30 Tim Waterstone is reportedly assembling a management team for Waterstone's with a view of returning the chain to its stock-holding roots, as speculation mounts about a bid. The weekend press extensively reported on the... Continue reading at The Bookseller

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Waterstone's rolling out new teen sections next month

Written By: Caroline Horn Publication Date: Mon, 28/03/2011 - 09:29 Waterstone’s is to roll out new teen sections to around 100 of its stores from April, following a pilot in four stores that began last summer. While figures were not available, Waterstone’s said it was “very pleased” with... Continue reading at The Bookseller

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Borders collapse: readers turn to ebooks

Interest in ebooks has jumped since Borders and Angus & Robertson slipped into voluntary administration. Continue reading at The Sydney Morning Herald

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WH Smith reopens shops under British Bookshops deal

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Mon, 28/03/2011 - 08:54 Seventeen former British Bookshop & Stationers stores have held their first weekend of trade under WH Smith ownership. Nine venues opened their doors as WH Smith stores and eight re-opened under their original name of... Continue reading at The Bookseller

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Waterstone's future "to be resolved in weeks"

Written By: Graeme Neill, Lisa Campbell and Neill Denny Publication Date: Fri, 25/03/2011 - 12:44 The future of Waterstone's is expected to be resolved in the next four weeks, with speculation mounting that managing director Dominic Myers could lead a management buyout. Parent HMV Group... Continue reading at The Bookseller

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HMV "pursuing strategic options" for Waterstone's

Written By: Graeme Neill Publication Date: Fri, 25/03/2011 - 09:45 HMV Group has said it is "pursuing strategic options" for Waterstone's, as speculation builds about the future of the business. It had been reported this week that Waterstone's parent had been in discussions with banks over its... Continue reading at The Bookseller

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BBC boosts bookshop sales by "almost £500,000"

Written By: Philip Stone Publication Date: Wed, 23/03/2011 - 15:49 The BBC's "Faulks on Fiction" and "My Life in Books" series have boosted book sales by almost £500,000, Nielsen BookScan data indicates. read more Continue reading at The Bookseller

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HMV Group makes Waterstone's pledge

Written By: Lisa Campbell Publication Date: Mon, 07/03/2011 - 09:14 HMV Group has moved to reassure publishers of Waterstone's future, revealing the bookseller is on track to achieve its predicted 2%–3% operating margin by the end of its financial year. Tuesday's [1st March] trading statement... Continue reading at The Bookseller

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