The Booksellers Association of the United Kingdom & Ireland Limited

June-2016 Market Intelligence Report

In a month when the entire political landscape seemed to shift hour by hour, there have been some reasons to be cheerful.

This is what cheered up J K Rowling in all the gloom and doom. And could Brexit be a problem for Amazon?

There’s been some excellent coverage of bookshops in the press, including Faber’s Stephen Page on the importance of bookshops. Dame Carol Ann Duffy and a band of poets have been touring Britain’s bookshops in celebration of IBW’s 10th anniversary. WHS and Waterstones are both opening new stores in Wimbledon. And here are 50 brilliant indies in the UK (obviously other brilliant UK bookshops are also available).

Recent stats from the German book market show readers are buying more non-fiction and buying more books online. Barnes & Noble will be offering beer, wine and food in an effort to boost its business after a significant drop in Nook sales dragged down its trading figures. Is Amazon planning to open bookstores in US malls and, if so, why?

Maciej Szpunar, advocate general to the Court of Justice of the European Union, says that electronic books should be treated just like physical books for the purposes of lending. And there’s further evidence falling ebook sales.

Do you agree with Ann Patchett’s best 75 books of the last 75 years?

The Wainwright Prize shortlist has been announced, and The Glorious Heresies has won a second major prize. David Baddiel is among the winners of the first Lollies Awards and Chris Riddel has won his third Kate Greenaway Medal for his beautiful illustrations. More prizes and shortlists here: The McIlvanney Prize 2016, the 2016 PEN Ackerley Prize shortlist, The McIlvanney Prize for Scottish crime fiction and Dead Good Reader Award shortlist (surely the best name ever for a book prize). And a shout out for the BA’s Independent Bookshop Week Award winners and bookseller Nicki Thornton who won the Chicken House Children’s Fiction Prize.

With diversity/inclusion a hot topic, here’s an interesting article on diversity in children’s books with a handy list of the best.

Have you ever wondered exactly what book bloggers do?

And something romantic to finish on - couples who found love in bookshops.