Category Archives: Retail

The high street: the failure of Mary Portas

When The Portas Review, a report on the UK’s high streets, was published, I wrote the critique below. This week Portas is speaking to a House of Commons select committee. She is reported to be disappointed that the policies that

The high street: the failure of Mary Portas

When The Portas Review, a report on the UK’s high streets, was published, I wrote the critique below. This week Portas is speaking to a House of Commons select committee. She is reported to be disappointed that the policies that

Bookshop event and public intellectual: on Alister McGrath

Last week to Heffers bookshop in Cambridge to hear Alister McGrath speaking on CS Lewis. To judge from their questions and contributions, most of the audience were there out of a serious interest in CS Lewis. In contrast, my main

Bookshop event and public intellectual: on Alister McGrath

Last week to Heffers bookshop in Cambridge to hear Alister McGrath speaking on CS Lewis. To judge from their questions and contributions, most of the audience were there out of a serious interest in CS Lewis. In contrast, my main

Publishing fashion and fashioning publishing

I came across Blue Marketing Books at the 2012 London Book Fair. Each of Blue Marketing’s books contain 22 tips. As the publisher of a series in which each title contains 53 ideas, I was intrigued to discover another number-based

Publishing fashion and fashioning publishing

I came across Blue Marketing Books at the 2012 London Book Fair. Each of Blue Marketing’s books contain 22 tips. As the publisher of a series in which each title contains 53 ideas, I was intrigued to discover another number-based

Coda on WH Smith sales

WH Smith may not be the UK’s sexiest book retailer, but it remains an important one. In an analysis of their annual accounts and report (11 October), I argued that, to achieve long-term growth, the company could not rely endlessly on cost-cutting

Coda on WH Smith sales

WH Smith may not be the UK’s sexiest book retailer, but it remains an important one. In an analysis of their annual accounts and report (11 October), I argued that, to achieve long-term growth, the company could not rely endlessly on cost-cutting

WH Smith’s 2012 results: a concise analysis

WH Smith today announced their preliminary results for the year ended 31 August 2012. The posting is here. The results tell a comparable story to those I analysed last year (the analysis is here). There is again plenty of good news.

WH Smith’s 2012 results: a concise analysis

WH Smith today announced their preliminary results for the year ended 31 August 2012. The posting is here. The results tell a comparable story to those I analysed last year (the analysis is here). There is again plenty of good news.

‘The devil that is Amazon’

So earlier this year I’m sitting in the audience at a literary festival, listening to a panel of editors and agents discussing publishing. One of the editors, from a London independent trade publisher, refers – with approving nods from his

‘The devil that is Amazon’

So earlier this year I’m sitting in the audience at a literary festival, listening to a panel of editors and agents discussing publishing. One of the editors, from a London independent trade publisher, refers – with approving nods from his

Creating new indie booksellers: the Paperight model

In many parts of the world, readers may find themselves a long way from a bookshop – and even further from a bookshop carrying a large range of titles. This is especially the case in Africa, the continent in which

Creating new indie booksellers: the Paperight model

In many parts of the world, readers may find themselves a long way from a bookshop – and even further from a bookshop carrying a large range of titles. This is especially the case in Africa, the continent in which