Imagine Children’s Festival, Sponsored by the Book People, Big Success

Imagine Children’s Festival has been hailed as a huge success, delighting children of all ages with a whole host of activities. Sponsored by the Book People and taking place at London’s Southbank Centre, the festival saw amazing authors, one-off events, craft activities, comedy and music add up to create a unique celebration of children’s books . Taking place from 11 – 26 February 2012, there have been numerous highlights – as detailed below:

– Children adored Horrid Henry author Francesca Simon’s speech and Jeremy Strong’s book signing also had queues stretching out of the door.
– Comedian James Campbell delivered his live stand-up show for kids to a sold-out Queen Elizabeth Hall and absolutely brought the house down, before delighting his fans by signing DVDs afterwards. He even spared a minute to talk to the Book People backstage and explained why he likes to grow parsnips, along with demonstrating his incredible pancake-flipping skills!
– The Spirit Level at the Craft Pavilion saw Paul Collicutt run his robot-themed workshop in the morning and there was even a baby disco, with the little ones bobbing along in their papooses to songs like ‘Jump Around’.
-The brilliant Jackie Kay read her poems, inviting the audience to join in with her, while the fantastically funny Roger McGough also treated a thrilled audience to drawings of some of his best-loved poems.
-An incredible 90 minute musical theatre production of Dennis the Menace was also a huge hit. With Beanotown in crisis and the grown-ups declaring a war on fun, it was up to Dennis, Gnasher and co to unite and show that kids still want to enjoy themselves.

Books from many of the authors that appeared at this year’s Imagine Children’s Festival are available to buy at discounted prices from the Book People.

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The Book People builds up to the Imagine Festival 2012

The Imagine Festival, sponsored by online book retailer the Book People, is currently having the final touches put to it before the doors open at the Southbank Centre in London on February 11th. The festival aims to encourage children of all ages to think creatively and is packed with activities and events.

The Imagine Festival, sponsored by online book retailer the Book People, is currently having the final touches put to it before the doors open at the Southbank Centre in London on February 11th. The festival aims to encourage children of all ages to think creatively and is packed with activities and events.

Running from 11th – 26th February, the Imagine Festival is said to be one of the best children’s events of the year. The festival is now in its 11th year, having been run since 2001, and is set to be at its biggest and best in 2012. The list of events contains something for everyone, from musical and dance performances, through to poetry and fiction readings from some the best children’s authors in the world.

The festival is designed to encourage children to be creative, so there will be chances for children to make their own works of art, write their own fiction, and take part in dance and music events and workshops. With workshops covering all of these topics and more and opportunities to watch funny and entertaining acts, this festival is great for children and young people of all ages.

Children and parents can look forward to story-telling from books by Jacqueline Wilson, Cathy Cassidy, MacKenzie Crook and Francesca Simon, as well as a premiere of The Trial of Dennis the Menace musical. There will even be opera for babies, orchestral reproductions of The Jungle Book and Carnival of the Animals, and Robert Winston will be demonstrating some thrilling activities, included in his book Science Experiments.

“The Imagine Festival is meant to inspire children to become more creative in every aspect of their lives, and it also aims to introduce them to things they would not normally be interested in,” said Donna Stevenson of the Book People.

“For example, a lot of children that attend the Imagine Festival go home with a new interest in poetry or dance, and this can help to lead them to new hobbies and even, in some cases, to their future careers,” she added.

Babies and children’s story books can be bought online from the Book People.

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Best Keep Fit Books, according to the Book People

Online bookseller the Book People is encouraging the UK public to change their dieting and exercising ways following the festive period by turning to keep fit books for help. The Book People have a wide selection of books to choose from, with everything from books on Pilates to Para fitness.

The Book People is one of the UK’s favourite book retailers and has won numerous awards throughout the years. Originally established in 1988 and specialising in children’s story books and fiction books, the Book People now has a wide and varied stock from cookery to keep fit books.

Lindsay Eyers of the Book People said: “The benefits of exercise have been well documented – it can cut the risk of serious illnesses such as diabetes and cancer, as well as reducing the risk of early death.

“At the Book People, we want to encourage everyone to get back into exercise in 2012 and you can use our superb collection of keep fit books to help.” The Book People has a number of ‘keep fit books, such as ‘Yoga Made Easy’ by Zest Magazine and Samantha Magee, who has years of experience as a teacher in many forms of yoga, including Bikram, Hatha and children’s yoga, as well as being a Reiki master. Whether readers are just starting out with yoga or have been practicing the discipline for years, this book can give you the guidance you need to learn all of the positions, breathing and meditation techniques required, all without even leaving the comfort of your own home.

Those that prefer a more light-hearted approach to exercise should look to another of the Book People’s favourite keep fit books, ‘Dance to the Musicals’ by Arlene Phillips. As the title suggests, this book teaches the reader dance routines to some of the West End’s most memorable numbers. By using the accompanying DVD and detailed photographs in the book, readers can get dancing to songs like ‘The Time of My Life’, ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘Night Fever’. To learn more about the Book People’s favourite keep fit books, visit the official book store online.

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Red House calls for final nominations for Children’s Book Award

Online bookseller Red House is calling for members of the public to cast their vote in their Children’s Book Award before nominations close on 20th January 2012. The 2012 shortlist has been drawn up and children can choose one of 10 books to vote for.

The Children’s Book Award, now in its 32nd year, was founded in 1980 by author and librarian Pat Thompson, is run by the Federation of Children’s Book Groups and sponsored by Red House, a mail order bookshop specialising in the sale of affordable children’s and babies books.

The literary award is split into three groups – books for younger children, younger readers and older readers. Voters must rank each book in the three categories and the overall winner of each is then put before a panel of judges. It is their job to select the best children’s book of the three.

Past overall winners have included ‘Skeleton Key’ by Anthony Horowitz (2003), ‘Percy Jackson and the Olympians: The Lightning Thief’ by Rick Riordan (2006) and ‘Shadow’ by Michael Morpurgo (2011). This year’s shortlist is incredibly varied and holds some of the best children’s books of 2011, and many of the authors have already won numerous prizes and literary awards for their work in the past.

In the Younger Children category the nominees include ‘Rollo and Ruff and the Little Fluffy Bird’ by Mick Inkpen, ‘Don’t Worry Douglas!’ by David Melling, ‘Peely Wally’ by Kali Stileman and ‘Scruffy Bear and the Six White Mice’ by Chris Wormell. The Younger Readers category contains ‘One Dog and his Boy’ by Eva Ibbotson, ‘Sky Hawk’ by Gill Lewis and ‘Brilliant World of Tom Gates’ by Liz Pichon. In the Older Readers category voters can choose from ‘Grace’ by Morris Gleitzman, ‘A Monster Calls’ by Patrick Ness and ‘My Sister Lives on the Mantelpiece’ by Annabel Pitcher.

Lindsay Eyers of Red House said: “The Red House Children’s Book Award is always a big event and we want to make sure that people remember to get their votes in before the cut-off date.

“Once your children have voted, you should remember to take a look at our Pick of the Year, which showcases the top 40 books that didn’t quite make it onto the shortlist. And remember – all of the books included on the 2012 shortlist and our Pick of the Year are available to buy online from Red House.”

You can vote now by visiting www.redhousechildrensbookaward.co.uk.

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Win A Copy of My Heroes by Ranulph Fiennes with the Book People!

The Book People, one of the UK’s leading online retailers of bestselling books, has launched a competition to give away two copies of Ranulph Fiennes’ extraordinary book My Heroes, worth £20!*

With so much to juggle around the Christmas period, the Book People decided to launch its competition now, with a view to handing out two copies of this incredible biography book in the New Year, and banishing those January blues. Anyone can enter, simply by emailing their name, address and telephone number to: hello@thebookpeople.co.uk

My Heroes by Ranulph Fiennes is a breathtaking book that will transport you to the lives of people you may otherwise never come across. The people profiled in this book are those who have inspired Fiennes – widely recognised as one of the world’s greatest living explorers – and who have earned his lasting respect thanks to their unwavering courage in the face of extraordinary adversity.

From freedom fighters and policemen, to impoverished families and fellow explorers, the plights of the people featured in this book are likely to quickly become your heroes as well as Fiennes’.

For your chance to win a copy, email your details to hello@thebookpeople.co.uk before midnight on 31 December 2011. The lucky two winners will be notified by 16 January 2011 and copies of the book with be posted out within two weeks.

Read the Book Peoples’ blog for inspiration on what other books should be in your collection, how to build a classic library of fiction books, must-read top annuals for 2011/2012 and much more. The blog also gives you the chance to leave comments on your favourite books and to connect with the Book People on Facebook and Twitter to get the latest news from the literary world.

* Quoted is RRP, this book is available to buy for £6.99 from the Book People, while stocks last.

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The Book People Look Back On 2011 And Forward To 2012

Award-winning bookseller the Book People looks fondly back on the bestselling books and annuals of 2011 and looks forward to what’s hot for 2012. The Book People know that books make great presents all year round and that they are particularly popular as stocking fillers and Christmas gifts, especially with parents buying children’s books and colleagues buying cheap books for the all-important office Secret Santa.

Lindsay Eyers of the Book People said: “It has been a great year for the book, with numerous campaigns being started to get more children reading. Reading is one of life’s essential skills and our invaluable selection of cheap children’s books, fiction books and more is built with the customer in mind, and is priced to be affordable for all.”

The Book People’s ten best-selling annuals of 2011 include:
10. Match Annual 2012
9. The Simpsons Annual 2012
8. Ripley’s Believe it or Not 2012
7. Strictly Come Dancing Annual 2012
6. A Christmas Celebration by Avril Tyrrell
5. North – The Greatest Animal Journey On Earth
4. Moshi Monsters: Official Annual 2012
3. Top Gear: Official Annual 2012
2. Peppa Pig: Official Annual 2012
1. Doctor Who: Official Annual 2012

Such annuals are popular because they are very often family-friendly and can be read in manageable chunks after school, before bed, and as a family alternative to watching television. One review of the Simpson’s Annual 2012, left on 5 December on the Book People website, said: “It’s really good, funny, enjoyable. It’s child friendly and an all-round good book.”

The Book People expects classic fiction books to continue to sell well in 2012, as well as celebrity chefs books, boxed book collections and audio books for those who like to listen on the move. With the latest and most popular books available online at affordable prices, the Book People expects the book market to hold its own against video games and the like.

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The Book People Show You How To Build A Classic Library

The Book People has revealed the top classic book collections every household should own if they are looking to build a classic library.

In their latest blog post, the Book People lists the top 10 classic book collections for adults and children that are not only great for having in the home but that also make perfect Christmas presents. With Christmas less than four weeks away, fiction books and children’s books are in popular demand as parents buy books for children, friends buy books for friends and others treat themselves to classic books to get stuck into during the Christmas holidays.

Authors making an appearance on the classic library blog post include legendary children’s author Roald Dahl and his collection which includes the BFG, Matilda and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Enid Blyton and her Happy Days collection, and Roger Hargreaves’ must-have Little Miss collection.

For the older reader, the Book People recommends the Agatha Christie boxed collection, which encourages even those people who are short on time to enjoy the classics by presenting them on a series of CDs to listen to at home, in the car or on the move with a laptop. Other classic mystery collections that make the cut include Inspector Morse, and the Crime Classics collection which includes works by Edgar Allan Poe and Charles Dickens. For those who prefer a collection of books from a range of different genres, the Man Booker Prize collection makes the perfect gift, with classics such as Pigeon English by Stephen Kelman and Snowdrops by A.D.Miller.

Lindsay Eyers of the Book People said: “Our customers love our book collections and if grouping a few of the best together in this way encourages adults and children to explore the classics then we feel our job is one well done.”

The Book People offers the latest fact and fiction books at hugely discounted prices all year round.

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Which? Puts The Book People Fourth In ‘Best Sites For Books’ List

The Book People, online seller of fiction books, children’s books and more, has been voted into fourth place in the ‘best sites for books’ list and 14th in the ‘Top 75 Online Shops Rated by Their Customers’.

In the UK’s largest survey of online shops, the Book People beat Tesco.com, Waterstones.com, WHSmith.com and 10 other big name brands to the top five, only being pipped to third position by Play.com, second place by Abebooks.co.uk and first place by Amazon.co.uk.

The results were ranked in order of their Which? customer score, which was calculated on current customer satisfaction and how likely a customer is to recommend the site to a friend. The Book People’s customer score was an impressive 80%, with Amazon.co.uk at 88% more and Play.com just 1% higher at 81%.

The Book People’s 80% also saw them take 14th place in the overall ‘best sites’ survey, which didn’t break the websites down by industry or category. Online underwear shop figleaves.com and thebodyshop.co.uk also scored 80%, meaning they shared the same spot with the Book People.

Interestingly Apple.com, one of the world’s largest and most successful brands, only scored 1% more than the Book People, putting them in 11th place alongside Screwfix.com and Wiggle.co.uk.

The Book People trumped brands such as MarksandSpencer.com (24th with 76%), Boots.com (34th with 72%) and ASOS.com (39th with 71%) in the customer satisfaction survey.

Emma Whyman of the Book People said: “We pride ourselves on keeping in close contact with all our customers so that we can continue to deliver a selection of handpicked books that we know they will love to read.

“This, coupled with attentive and efficient customer care, means we can be very proud of the experience our customers receive. It also means we have great foundations to build on and become even better!”

The Book People has jumped from 16th place in 2010 this year and is looking to improve on this further next year.

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The Book People Announces Its Top 10 Book Review Sites

Today the Book People, one of the UK’s fastest growing online retailers of books, announced its top 10 book review sites.

Readers of the Book People blog will already have seen the post, which went live this morning and which lists the site’s favourite book and reviews blogs of the moment. Lovereading.co.uk, Book Rabbit and Book Reviews for Mums all appear on the list, along with two sites from the world of fantasy, paranormal and science fiction.

One of The Book People’s bloggers, Nick Woolnough, writes: “We can’t resist rummaging around on the web to see just what people have to say about books – children’s books, fiction, biography books, history books…the truth is, we just can’t get enough of talking about books and hearing what others love to read!”

As well as enjoying the accolade of being picked as a top review site by such a respected book retailer, owners of the featured blogs have also been contacted with a ‘winner’s badge’ to display proudly on their site. Alongside this, the Book People have provided a personalised recommendation for each of the blogs to feature as they wish, on their site.

The Book People not only wanted to share its favourite blogs with its own fans, but it is also actively promoting affordable reading for all, something it has believed in ever since it was founded in 1988. Sign up to the Book People’s RSS feed and follow them on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with the latest must-reads in the world of children’s books and fiction books and to see which authors are up and coming!

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The Book People Announces Ways It Is Helping To Tackle Poor Literacy Levels

In light of the latest, shocking figures from the National Literacy Trust, renowned bookseller the Book People highlights the way in which it is helping to make reading accessible and affordable for all.

According to the NLT’s report, which will be published in full later this month, one in four children attending primary schools in London currently leave without the skills to be able to read properly. Of those, five per cent can barely read at all and in the worst-performing inner city schools, 40 per cent of children leave with a reading age of a six to nine-year-old.

Susie Chalmers, Marketing Director at the Book People said: “At the heart of the Book People is the ethos of bringing books to people and making reading affordable to all. Figures like this are worrying, but only strengthen our determination to ensure that we continue to play our part in introducing children of all ages to the joy of reading.”

The Book People began in 1988 and since that very first day it adopted a business model that drove down the cost of books for the general public. Now, it is reaching new readers every day, thanks to a huge online presence and a network of dedicated distributors who place books in hospitals, offices and most importantly, nurseries and schools.

It is hoped that by combining huge discounts – generally more than 50 per cent off the RRP – great incentives to buy books, such as redeemable book points and the Points Passport loyalty scheme, and offering frequent free delivery and discount code promotions to bring prices down even further, that reading will become all the more appealing.

Specialising in exclusive collections that offer even greater value to the customer, the Book People have looked to support children’s reading schemes by teaming up with Oxford Reading Tree to offer educational sets such as the Biff, Chip and Kipper Collection at a discount of more than 80 percent.

The Book People also owns Red House, a specialist website providing the latest and very best children’s books. The titles are handpicked by knowledgeable book buyers who know just what will encourage children, parents and teachers to read. It recently gave more than 150 books to children in foster care.

Daniel Webb, Red House editor, knows how important reading is to a child’s development.

“Here at Red House, we supply everything from board books for babies to compelling novels for confident readers, early readers to teen fiction. Our emphasis is always on finding the books that children themselves would choose. In this way, Red House supports the efforts of parents and teachers to encourage children to read,” he said.

Anyone can buy books online from the Book People, and with a huge collection of fictionbooks, children’s educational guides, reference books and much more available at rock bottom prices there is really no barrier to reading.

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The Book People Nominated for Prestigious Bookseller Award

One of the UK’s most successful online bookshops, the Book People, has been shortlisted for the accolade of Direct Bookselling Company of the Year in the prestigious 2011 Bookseller Industry Awards.

The Book People is already the proud owner of two such awards – one in the same category as they are nominated for this year and the other for founder Ted Smart’s Outstanding Contribution to Bookselling. Since their inception in 1988 the Book People has grown rapidly and developed into one of the nation’s most important retailers of fiction books, children’s books and more. This latest nomination is testament to the popular service they offer to consumers.

Organisers of the award remarked that the Book People (TBP) had “successfully honed its bringing books direct to the workplace model for 22 years, and added increased digital elements in 2010. TBP has upped its online product ranges to 18,000 lines, which has boosted average order values by a huge 150 per cent. Development in search engine optimisation also helped to raise sales.”

It is for these reasons that the Book People has been nominated in the direct bookseller category, alongside amazon.co.uk, The Book Depository and Scholastic Book Clubs.

Neill Denny, the Bookseller’s editor-in-chief, praised this year’s nominees, saying: “The overall standard of entries was incredibly high despite, or perhaps because of, the turbulent times we are living through. It will be a very tough job choosing the winners from such a strong field.”

This year, a total of 17 awards will be presented at the Book Industry Conference, a black-tie gala dinner hosted by London’s Park Lane Hilton on Monday 16th May. As well as the usual array of awards, this year’s awards will feature two new categories; Children’s Publisher, and Library Innovation of the Year.

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Play.com Announces Sales Boost For BAFTA Nominees

Play.com, the online entertainment retailer, has announced that it is seeing a record sales boost on DVDs that feature this year’s big name BAFTA nominees, such as James Franco, Natalie Portman and Colin Firth.

Play.com has revealed that James Franco was the surprise runaway winner in terms of sales increases since the BAFTA nominations were announced in January.

James Franco, the Hollywood heart-throb who was nominated for his performance in the Danny Boyle film ‘127 Hours’ saw sales of his earlier films (‘Milk’, ‘Pineapple Express’ and ‘Eat Pray Love’) jump by 38%.

Natalie Portman confirmed her place as Best Actress with sales from her back catalogue (including ‘Closer’, where she played a dancing girl, and ‘V for Vendetta’, where she plays a vigilante) increasing by 26%. Natalie Portman’s award-winning portrayal of vulnerable ballerina Nina Sayer alongside Mila Kunis and Winona Ryder in ‘Black Swan’ drew attention to her highly adaptable acting style and consumers wanted to watch her play a variety of parts from her impressive portfolio of films.

Colin Firth, the man of the moment following his monumental performance as King George VI alongside fellow nominee Helena Bonham Carter in The King’s Speech also recorded significant sales increases of his previous work, with an overall 20% uplift since he was nominated for Best Actor.

Simon Homent, head of DVD buying at Play.com said: “Throughout the awards season we continue to see a significant boost in sales for nominees’ previous films. Consumers gain interest in not only the films, but also the actors. They buy their earlier films to revisit or explore for the first time the work that helped to get these stars to where they are today. Despite Colin Firth not being the King of sales since the nominations were revealed, we anticipate that The King’s Speech will be one of the biggest DVD releases of 2011 when it goes on pre-order on the 7th March.”

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teacher-books.net Offers Big Discounts to Educators

CEO Greg Michaels of Michaels Associates LLC announced today that the company will soon unveil a new website www.teacher-books.net. The new site represents a complete re-design of www.michaelsassociates.com. Visitors to the old site will be automatically redirected to the updated site.

The company, founded in 1986, had its first website in 1995 and specializes in professional resources for K-12 educators and administrators. Michaels Associates LLC has been named “distributor of the year” three times by the International Reading Association. They are also one of the nation’s leading distributors for resources from Scholastic, Pearson, Maupin House, Sage, Shell Education, Guilford, NCTE, ASCD, and many others. Also sold on the site will be leveled books for guided reading and reading recovery as well as school supply items.

The new website will feature new, best-selling, and classic professional titles from over 30 publishers – at a discount. There will also be a button on the homepage that will take administrators and librarians to a page that offers deep discounts on topic-based professional libraries and multiple copies of the same title.

The site is expected to operational by mid-February 2011. Contact CEO Greg Michaels at 1-800-869-1467 or gmichaels@michaelsassociates.com

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Penguin Books Announces Publication Of New Lorien Legacies Series

Penguin Books has announced it is to publish ‘I Am Number Four’ by Pittacus Lore, the first instalment of The Lorien Legacies, a mind-blowing new thriller series.

I Am Number Four is a tale of John Smith (aka Number Four) as he desperately tries to outrun his past, escape his mortal enemies the Mogadorian, blend into normal student life and above all pray his newly found powers, legacies from home; Planet Lorien, don’t give him away before he can complete his destiny and protect his future.

In an unprecedented move for Penguin, I Am Number Four will be published simultaneously in two editions on 26 August 2010 – one for adults (Michael Joseph) and a second for Young Adult readers (Razorbill). It has already captured the imagination of publishers around the globe and translation rights have been snapped up by over 18 territories worldwide. The film rights for I Am Number Four have been snapped up by Spielberg for DreamWorks and the movie will be hitting screens in early 2011.

“It became clear after only a few chapters that I Am Number Four is far more than an exceptional thriller, it’s a book to fall in love with”, said Mari Evans, Fiction Publisher for Michael Joseph.

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CQout Unites With Microformats

CQout, the international online marketplace and auction community site, has joined the microformat trend to help make CQout easier to find and understand for search engines and improve the user’ experience.

CQout Unites With Microformats

Search engines like Google and Yahoo!, which CQout use to market and help users find their online auctions are able to read and understand microformats, which are small pieces of compound HTML that can be used to tag web pages with Metadata. The search engines with their new found knowledge of CQout auctions can then extract and display snippets of auction content within their search results next to listings. This should be able to then help the user to decide whether they want to take their search further or not by confirming that that this is the search they were looking for.

Siamak Bashi, Managing Director at CQout said: “Our Buyers and Sellers are the real power behind CQout. Without them, the website would be redundant. For this reason, we need to make sure we keep ahead of the game and by adopting microformats, I think we have made a step that achieves just that. We can only praise microformats.org, Google and Yahoo! for their great resources that made this happen.”

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Blackwell Launch New Websites

Blackwell is pleased to announce the launch of two new websites focussing on Ancient Classics and rare books.

Blackwell Launch New Websites

Blackwell are using this to expand their multi-channel proposition by launching online portals focused around core departments, starting with the world famous classical books and rare books departments at the flagship Oxford Broad Street shop.

Jessica Armishaw, Head of Online at Blackwell said: “Customers are always commenting that the thing they love about Blackwell is our expertise and specialist knowledge. We felt that as part of our ongoing online strategy it was important to try to bring to life the unique position our shops have with customers and this allows us to differentiate our online offer in a crowded book marketplace.”

Features of the Classic and Ancient History site include new books that Blackwell feel are the most important in the field, “handpicked” by their specialist booksellers, recently reviewed titles and book reviews.

The new rare books site replaces the old rare books website and aims to enhance the online shopping experience through easier navigation, new title highlights and detailed images of Blackwells books.

Jessica Armishaw, Head of Online for Blackwell said: “The very first Blackwell Bookshop opened in Oxford in 1879, selling rare and second-hand books. It is the jewel in our crown and core to our history. Blackwell was a founder member of the Antiquarian Booksellers Association, the oldest professional body of its kind.”

She continued: “We have experts in the rare bookshop who between them have over 80 years of experience. We want to enable customers to access this expertise and engage with our booksellers through the online channel. Blackwell issued Catalogue No. 1 upon opening the shop in Oxford in 1879. We have now produced over 1000 catalogues during the past 130 years and customers wait avidly for our next catalogue to drop through their letterbox. Now customers can see, read, and download them online too.”

Blackwell also have an selection of law books, medical books and economic books.

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CQout Announces Special Deal For Newly Registered Sellers

CQout has announced that it is targeting disaffected Chinese Sellers following unpopular eBay rules changes.

CQout Announces Special Deal For Newly Registered Sellers

In the wake of a raft of changes announced by eBay to its Marketplaces business, and a subsequent feeling of dissatisfaction amongst many of its Sellers at new fees and the new eBay Buyer Protection Plan, CQout has announced that it has these eBay refugees set firmly in its sights.

Siamak Bashi, managing director of CQout, commented: “CQout is aware that many Sellers, and those from China in particular operate at very competitive prices and narrow margins. The price changes at eBay hits those Sellers the hardest, wiping out any meager profits they are making, resulting in some Sellers giving up all together. CQout’s lower fee structure and free listings gives these Sellers a real alternative”.

CQout believes that because Sellers make a huge investment in terms of their time and effort to list a big inventory onto an online auction site, they also need the stability of knowing that the site will not be making policy and prices changes which would make their business unsustainable. The continuous alterations which eBay has made in recent months has lead to huge dissatisfaction amongst many of its Sellers, especially within the Chinese market and provided the ideal opportunity for CQout to highlight that eBay is not the only game in town.

With a track record of not making any changes to its fees over the last five years and a solid history of providing continuity and certainty for sellers who need to plan log term, CQout is in the perfect position to appeal to these disaffected eBay Marketplace customers.

To further entice new customers to add their inventories onto CQout’s listings and take advantage of the various sales opportunities it provides like its Consumer Electronics Auctions, Photographic Equipment, Computer Auctions and Music Auctions, CQout is also offering a new joining bonus for Sellers. As a gesture of good CQout has announced it is offering a cash incentive of £20 credited to all new Sellers’ accounts which are registered during June and who list their entire inventory with the auction service.

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CQout Teams Up With fetchthebest For New Car Insurance Comparison Service

CQout, the international online marketplace and auction community site, has teamed up with fetchthebest to offer a car insurance comparison service with a twist.

CQout Teams Up With fetchthebest For New Car Insurance Comparison Service

As well as finding competitive insurance quotes based on an individual’s details, the new service also allows users to auction off their policy to allow companies the opportunity to gain your business by offering a lower price.

With the help of website mascot Fetch, users answer a few background questions and Fetch will look to find suitable and competitive quotes based on your needs. As an independent service this site favours no company by any feature other than the offer of a low quote.

The site also offers a sign up policy meaning that if you’re not ready to make the purchase then and there you can come back to the site at a later date and rather than enter all your details again you need only put in your e-mail address and password.

Siamak Bashi, managing director of CQout, said: “As of the largest UK online auction sites, CQout users have been benefiting from buying goods at well below high street prices. With the help of fetchthebest.com, we are pleased to able to bring the concept of finding bargains via online auctions to the car insurance market. We are sure that our regular bargain hunting user base, will welcome the ability to find real bargains for their car insurance needs, now that we have introduced this facility.

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CQout Has Announced That It Has Achieved An Important Milestone With Listings Of Well Over Half A Million Books And Comics

CQout which recently broke into the US market to offer its services to disenfranchised eBay users has grown to become eBay’s closest rival in the UK online auction market by establishing a reputation as a safe, secure and trusted auction site and now has almost 2 million current listings.

CQout Has Announced That It Has Achieved An Important Milestone With Listings Of Well Over Half A Million Books And Comics

Despite new electronic gadgets such as the Amazon Kindle and internet downloads, demand for physical books and printed matter remains as strong as ever. The recent news that a first issue Super Man comic sold for over $1m at auction in USA is further testament to the strong if not growing demand in the book auctions sector.

A major factor in CQout’s continued growth in a market that has seen online auctions sites come and go is the company’s dedication to ‘going the extra mile’ to help its users. This has proved to be especially important for sellers of books and comics who often have difficulties cataloguing their sales inventories.

“We had discussions with two other leading online marketplaces about listing our inventory, but they just seemed too big to care: their attitude was that it was up to me to reformat my entire stock control system to match their very inflexible listing requirements,” reported one major CQout bookseller. “What was so refreshing about CQout is that they obviously wanted my business and were prepared to work hard to get it. What we now have is the listing interface we wanted, with the added benefit that CQout doesn’t charge for listing items- so I’m paying commission only on what I sell, which makes it a highly cost effective solution for us.”

That ‘no sale, no fee’ policy on standard listings is one of the things that has always set CQout apart from its better-known rival, as is the one-off registration fee that CQout charges new users as part of their highly regarded security validation process.

“One of the reasons that we’ve survived so long is that we take a rigorous approach to security and the creation of a safe trading environment for all concerned,” said CQout MD Siamak Bashi. “But above all we’ve recognised since day one that most small businesses and sole traders are busy people who want to make their online presence as simple and hassle free as possible- and that’s why we’re prepared to ‘go the extra mile’ rather than expecting them to work it all out themselves.”

With online sales continuing to rise in the UK and USA, it seems that CQout will continue to be a page turner.

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Penguin Books launch the first Digi-Novel – Dark Origins by CSI creator Anthony E Zuiker

Penguin Books has announced the launch of Anthony E Zuiker’s ‘Dark Origins’ and the ‘Digi-Novel’ to the world of book publishing. The new Level 26 serial killer thriller books are complemented by a comprehensive online and digital component featuring exclusive cinematic content on a dedicated and fully interactive website.

The Level 26 site is an interactive extension of the book series, with the books and the site combining to form a ‘Digi-Novel’, a multi-platform experience that moves the reader from passages in the books to supporting videos and other content. Over the course of the book there are calls-to-action that direct the reader to the website to enter codes that unlock cyber-bridges.

These cinematic cyber-bridges take the experience to the next level, immersing the reader in the action and putting them inside the minds of a twisted torture-murderer and the man sent to take him down. The cyber-bridges have been developed by Anthony Zuiker and his CSI production team, and are designed to enrich the reader’s experience, but are not essential to read and enjoy the story as one would traditional thriller books.

Anthony E Zuiker said: “I am extremely pleased to introduce you to my next project, ‘Level 26: Dark Origins’. Level 26 takes the best features of books, film, and interactive digital technologies and rolls them all into a unique storytelling experience we’re calling the world’s first ‘Digi-Novel’. I had a world-class cast and crew working alongside me on this project, and couldn’t be more proud of the work they did, and the results we produced. I’ll see you on the Dark side.”

Stef Bierwerth, Editorial Director Michael Joseph said: “Dark Origins marks the great return of the classic, big serial killer thriller and at the same time takes the genre to a whole new level. Reading this novel will have the same effect on you as when you first watched Se7en or Silence of the Lambs on the big screen. It’s incredibly dark, twisted and will make you face your worst nightmares. Steve Dark and Sqweegel are set to become the Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lecter of the 21st century and we’re very proud to publish Anthony Zuiker’s latest creation in the UK”.

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Blackwell Announces Launch of New Online Magazine Subscription Service

Blackwell, the UK’s leading academic bookseller, has launched a new online magazine subscription service in partnership with magazine group ThreePM.

The new magazine service offers more than 850 titles including specialist and B2B magazines as well as more popular titles. With Blackwell’s historic strength in specialist, academic and professional markets the integration of upmarket magazine publications will provide even greater product choice for Blackwell customers.

Jessica Armishaw, head of online, said: “We feel that this is the ideal time to launch a new magazine subscription service in the run up to Christmas. Magazines make fantastic gifts, especially for that hard-to-buy-for relative. The site provides subscriptions for a diverse range of titles from The Economist, National Geographic, Country Life, Wired and the Spectator to the less familiar Selvedge, Nano and Decanter Magazine.”

The various categories including arts and culture, business and finance, career and industry, computers and technology, food and home, hobbies and leisure, lifestyle, motoring and transport, news and current affairs, science resources, women’s interest and even overseas titles.

Adding magazines to the diverse range of books already available from Blackwell Online further substantiates Blackwell as The Knowledge Retailer.

Many of the magazine subscriptions such as Time and Reader’s Digest are available on special offer and The Economist comes with a free gift. All magazines come with free delivery.

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Holiday Gifts Your Family Will Thank You For

YourFamilyConstitution.com, a family relationship resource haven designed to help struggling families implement clarity, consistency and commitment in their homes, offers peace of mind this holiday season with best-selling book Your Family Constitution: A Modern Approach to Family Values & Household Structure.

Author Scott Gale, leverages his personal experiences with the highs and lows of parenting to develop a powerful tool that helps families deal with the daily challenges, utilizing what he calls the 3Cs- clarity, consistency and commitment. Your Family Constitution provides a step-by-step solutions that parents can follow to improve family communication, increase quality family time and reduce household tension.

The holidays are known for being a time of reflection, togetherness and, in most cases, added stress, strain and conflict. The pressures of shopping, festivities and gatherings can be enough to drive the tension level to the extremes; however, with the tips, tools and resources laid out in Your Family Constitution, readers can journey through introspective learning and reflection, identification and prioritization of household issues, and finally, implementation of boundaries and structure that leaves family members feeling more calm, connected and at peace.

With refreshing honesty and frankness, Scott Gale shares his experiences and helps parents identify the core issues within their own family dynamics. “The goal of this book was to provide parents a step-by-step approach to enhance and reconnect the family structure,” said Scott Gale, author of Your Family Constitution.

In this book, parents will learn how to determine which important traits they most want to pass on to their children….and how to effectively transfer those qualities in a fun and meaningful way. Readers can take an in-depth and personal look at the 3C’s (clarity, consistency and commitment) that every family needs to run smoothly.

Gale’s Family Constitution is a familial contract created by all members of the family, assuring a high level of ownership and commitment. It helps keep modern technological and cultural obstacles from impeding parents’ ability to raise hard-working, balanced and appreciative kids. The long term benefits of this book put it at the top of holiday gift ideas. For more benefits of this and other family relationship books, please visit http://www.yourfamilyconstitution.com/book for more information.

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Blackwell Announces Its Favourite Books Of The Decade

Blackwell, the leading academic bookseller has announced its favourite books of the decade. The list of ten books, chosen f r o m the many hundreds published over the last ten years, are a mixture of fiction and non-fiction. Blackwell booksellers based in shops around the country voted for their favourites, enabling Blackwell to draw on its expert staff to compile a list of its recommendations.

The wide choice of books shows an eclectic mix of titles, including 2 Booker Prize winners and Richard Dawkins controversial God Delusion. Unusually, there is a strong non-fiction representation in the list showing the breadth of Blackwell booksellers reading choices.

Phill Jamieson, Head of Marketing at Blackwell, commented: “Our booksellers have an excellent reputation for their knowledge and love of books. This list backs this up with a thought-provoking selection of titles”.

Blackwell’s choice of books provides some great inspiration for Christmas Books buying, especially those ‘difficult to buy for’ friends and relatives. Phill Jamieson said: “Customers can choose a book f r o m a personally memorable year to make it into a truly thoughtful gift”.

As a unique feature of this promotion, Blackwell has also invited the authors of the Books of the Decade and those who have featured in its fortnightly Blackwell’s podcast throughout this year to tell of their favourite books of the decade.

There is a remarkably rich and stimulating range of responses, which can be found exclusively online through the Blackwell website. Here customers can discover which novel turns out to be the writers’ favourite, and encounter many gems they may have missed first time around.

Readers will find Costa winning novelist A.L Kennedy rubbing shoulders with Guardian First Book Prize winner Robert Macfarlane, and see Orange prize shortlisted novelist Marina Lewycka’s choices alongside those of ‘Undercover Economist’ Tim Harford and environmental campaigner Mark Lynas.

It all adds up to a unique resource for those looking for unusual present ideas or fresh new directions in which to take their own reading tastes.

About Blackwell Ltd
Blackwell is the leading academic bookseller in the UK with 44 outlets across England, Scotland and Wales. With its wide selection of medical books and law books, Blackwell has built an international reputation for bookselling excellence with links to academic institutions and libraries around the globe and has continued to expand its UK base on High Streets and in university campuses up and down the country. Blackwell is a leading supplier of academic books to Libraries across the world.

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Blackwell Launches Online eBook Store

Blackwell has announced the launch of its new online eBook store. The store will open with over 45,000 titles available for customers to download directly to their eBook reader or to view on their computer.

The new store has meant the creation of a partnership between Blackwell and Gardners in the UK. This involves the utilisation of the Gardner digital warehouse to ensure the file formats available cover all major eBook readers currently available including Adobe pdf & epub versions.

Jessica Armishaw Head of Online for Blackwell said “We’re excited to be able to offer our customers the ability to buy eBooks from blackwell.co.uk. Academic publishers have been quick to embrace this new technology and as such the number of academic titles available for customers is impressive and perfectly compliments our instore and online offer. While the number of trade titles is growing daily we expect our eBooks sales to grow significantly over the coming months.”

Bob Jackson, commercial director at Gardners said, “We’re pleased to be working with Blackwell.co.uk and their team. With 45,000 titles available today and UK publishers increasingly creating digital books alongside their physical books the range of books available will grow considerably and quickly”

Blackwell are also delighted to be launching a partnership with Endless Ideas of the Netherlands and their BeBook eBook reader. Blackwell will be launching the BeBook1 for sale in the UK at the beginning of August

Kamiel Keeris Managing Director for Bebook said, “BeBook is very proud to welcome Blackwell as one of the partners for the UK. Today Blackwell UK is the leading academic bookshop in the UK and has over 45 outlets across England, Scotland and Wales. Its staff continue to be renowned for their expertise, depth of knowledge and love of books. The presence of Bebook ereaders in the Blackwell stores offers exceptional visibility to the Bebook throughout the UK and marks a significant first step in the presence of the product on the consumer mass market.”

About Blackwell Ltd:

Blackwell is the leading academic bookseller in the UK with 44 outlets across England, Scotland and Wales. It has built an international reputation for bookselling excellence with links to academic institutions and libraries around the globe and has continued to expand its UK base on High Streets and in university campuses up and down the country. Blackwell is also a leading supplier of academic books to Libraries across the world.

In 1995, www.blackwell.co.uk became the first transactional online bookstore in the UK. In 1998, Blackwell opened its central London flagship store in Charing Cross Road, the book-lovers’ Mecca. Since this time, two flagship stores, Broad Street and Charing Cross Road, have both won Chain Bookseller of the Year at the Nibbies, the annual British Book Awards and also The Bookseller – Bookselling chain of the year and Retail chain of the year 2007.

Renowned specialist in medical books, law books, business books and science books, Blackwell has now been trading for over 130 years from its world-famous flagship store at Broad Street in Oxford. Its staff continues to be renowned for their expertise, depth of knowledge and love of books since the first Blackwell shop opened its doors.

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Blackwell, The UK’s Leading Academic Bookseller, Has Unveiled The Launch Of The 2.0 Espresso Book Machine (EBM) At Its Flagship Store, 100 Charing Cross London

It is the first bookshop installation of its kind within the UK, allowing any book to be selected f r o m an inexhaustible network of titles and prints on demand in just 3 minutes f r o m a digital file onsite, online at www.blackwell.co.uk, or uploaded in person f r o m CDs or flash drives.

The new Blackwell EBM, created by On Demand Books (ODB), uses revolutionary technology that allows publishers to offer titles through a novel channel of distribution at point of sale to the customer. It is able to print, bind and trim library-quality paperback books at 112 pages per minute, complete with four-colour covers, identical to factory made copies.

The arrival of the EBM in the UK is the result of an exclusive partnership between Blackwell and ODB and is anticipated to be welcomed amongst publishers, retailers and consumers alike. The Charing Cross EBM is hoped to be the first of many to be rolled out by Blackwell. Its debut at the flagship store will be followed by an appearance at the London Book Fair (April 20-22) before returning to its central London home permanently.

The EBM marks a new era for publishing and book retailing. It will enable publishers to cut out supply chain costs, match consumer demands and therefore eliminate unwanted returns. The EBM also removes the need for transportation, adding green credentials to the already impressive list of benefits saving on CO2 emissions and the pulping of unwanted books.

Blackwell predicts the EBM will increase shop sales due to being able to provide a far greater variety of books and popular titles to customers. Books needn’t be out of stock again and the need to wait for books to arrive f r o m a publisher should be a thing of the past. In addition, the EBM is able to bring rare texts back into production. As a committed supporter of small & independent publishers, the EBM allows Blackwell to provide a distribution channel for smaller publishers and hopes to attract a new audience of eager, budding authors and self publishers keen to see their work in print.

Andrew Hutchings, CEO of Blackwell, commented: “F r o m the first instance we read about the Espresso Book Machine we were very keen to see it in action. F r o m a retailer’s and book supplier’s point of view this is a fantastic opportunity for Blackwell. We are very much looking forward to working with ODB.”

Dane Neller, CEO of On Demand Books commented: “Blackwell is a superb partner of choice for us to launch in the UK market. It has an outstanding pedigree of book history behind it with a reputation to innovate. Blackwell’s academic books and specialist credentials both here and overseas are well suited for demonstrating the extent of the Espresso Book Machine’s capabilities and we believe together we can maximise this exciting development in the book market.”

Consumers can go to Blackwell’s Charing Cross book store f r o m April 27th onwards to witness their book printed on the spot, or order a print on demand book online through the Blackwell site.

About Blackwell Ltd:
Blackwell is the leading academic bookseller in the UK with over 50 outlets across England, Scotland and Wales. It has built an international reputation for bookselling excellence with links to academic institutions and libraries around the globe and has continued to expand its UK base on high streets and in university campuses up and down the country. Renowned specialist in medical books, business books and law books, Blackwell has now been trading for over 125 years f r o m its world-famous flagship store at Broad Street in Oxford.

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Blackwell Online Are Seeing Strong Sales Of Business Books, Despite The Current Business And Financial Downturn

Blackwell Online, the leading UK based book retailer, has seen strong sales of its business books, despite the credit crunch continuing to have a firm grip on most companies and businesses throughout the country.

As the UK enters into a period of increased business and financial instability, the question emerges of how well equipped today’s business leaders and employees are to manage their businesses during a recession, when the prevailing trend of the past years has been one of growth and stability.

Blackwell believes this explains why Blackwell Online has seen buoyant sales in the past six weeks – including the three top selling business books “Acquisitions Essentials”, “Ideas are Free” and “Future-Engage-Deliver”.

In fact Blackwell has a wide range of books addressing the theme of financial instability. A new book on Blackwell Online’s virtual bookshelves is “Panic”. This book looks at how people’s lives are ruled by the cycle of financial boom and bust. “Panic” is a collection of articles from contemporary commentators, giving a new insight into how markets operate and who really knows what they’re talking about.

To cater for the strong interest in business books and financial books which can offer advice on how to survive a recession, Blackwell Online has pulled together a unique collection which can be viewed online on the Blackwell business books page.

About Blackwell
Blackwell is the leading book seller of medical and education texts in the UK with over 60 outlets across England, Scotland and Wales. It has built an international reputation for bookselling excellence with links to academic institutions and libraries around the globe and has continued to expand its UK base on high streets and in university campuses up and down the country.

In 1995, www.blackwell.co.uk became the first transactional online bookstore in the UK, giving people across the world access to over 150,000 titles. In 1998, Blackwell opened its central London flagship store in Charing Cross Road, the book-lovers’ Mecca. Since this time, two flagship stores, Broad Street and Charing Cross Road, have both won Chain Bookseller of the Year at the Nibbies, the annual British Book Awards.

Blackwell has now been trading for over 125 years from its world-famous flagship store at Broad Street in Oxford. Blackwell’s staff continue to be renowned for their expertise, depth of knowledge and love of books since the first Blackwell shop opened its doors.

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Blackwell Has Launched Its New Christmas Collection With The Headline That A Book Is A Gift Which Lasts A Lifetime

In the current climate of bad economic news Blackwell are hoping that shoppers will see books as a good long term investment and a gift which will last. With this thought in mind, Blackwell has brought together a Christmas collection of inspiring books and new compelling offers.

One of the exciting features of the Blackwell Christmas books presentation is the introduction of the ‘book of the week’. The book of the week is a top title carefully selected by Blackwell’s expert booksellers – and offered at half price. The book of the week can be purchased from Blackwell Online or in any of the Blackwell bookshops.

This Christmas a ‘3 for 2’ offer is also being introduced to Blackwell Online. This is an established offer in the Blackwell Bookshops, offering great value for money, but is the first time it has been included online. The Blackwell Christmas 3 for 2 selection encompasses a number of collections of books, including Blackwell‘s favourite Paperbacks of the Year, Facts and Trivia and the Small but Perfectly Formed collection. The Blackwell favourite paperbacks collection covers a wide range of subjects from biography to food and drink and is one of the bestselling collections.

With many customers wanting to allow friends and family the opportunity to choose their own books, Blackwell has recently launched an electronic gift card. These gift cards can be both purchased and redeemed on Blackwell Online and in the bookshops.

With Christmas just weeks away Blackwell are hoping that in tough economic timesbooks will be gifts which last a lifetime.

About Blackwell
Blackwell is the leading bookseller of medical and education texts in the UK with over 40 outlets across England, Scotland and Wales. It has built an international reputation for bookselling excellence with links to academic institutions and libraries around the globe and has continued to expand its UK base on high streets and in university campuses up and down the country.

In 1995, www.blackwell.co.uk became the first transactional online bookstore in the UK, giving people across the world access to over 150,000 titles. In 1998, Blackwell opened its central London flagship shop in Charing Cross Road, the book-lovers’ mecca. Since this time, two flagship shops, Broad Street and Charing Cross Road, have both won Chain Bookseller of the Year at the Nibbies, the annual British Book Awards.

Blackwell has now been trading for over 125 years from its world-famous flagship shop at Broad Street in Oxford. Its staff continue to be renowned for their expertise, depth of knowledge and love of books since the first Blackwell shop opened its doors.

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Blackwell Delivers The Pleasure Of Buying And Browsing In A Bookshop Thru Its New Digital Strategy

Blackwell has announced the launch of the first phase of its new digital strategy. This phase sees the UK’s leading book retail chain refreshing its online presence www.blackwell.co.uk

The update aims to deliver a more customer focused experience by drawing on the pleasure of buying and browsing in a bookshop and translating this into the site’s navigational journeys. From title recommendations on the new feature carousels to rich new book reviews, Blackwell draws knowledge and opinion from its community of bookselling specialists and experts. Blackwell has created a new browsing experience where regular podcasts and author interviews are supported and enriched by local shop promotions and featured favourites chosen by expert Blackwell booksellers.

Blackwell bookshop has also taken the opportunity to extend the range of products available to their online customers. As well as own brand stationery and book accessories, the latest updates herald the arrival of the entertainment section for CDs, audio books and DVDs.

Blackwell is keen to take its services and offer them to new audiences and so it has also established an attractive new online bookshop affiliate programme, with rates set to be more competitive than Amazon’s, which is being managed by Equator.

On the launch Claire Zuurbier, director of e-commerce, said, “This refreshed presentation is just the first stage of a number of releases planned over the next twelve months. Forthcoming phases incorporate a variety of digital media and social networking tools but all will have the customer at the heart of the changes and will continue to maximise and reflect the multi-channelled nature of Blackwell’s business”.

About Blackwell
Blackwell is the leading book seller of medical and education texts in the UK with over 60 outlets across England, Scotland and Wales. It has built an international reputation for bookselling excellence with links to academic institutions and libraries around the globe and has continued to expand its UK base on high streets and in university campuses up and down the country.

In 1995, www.blackwell.co.uk became the first transactional online bookstore in the UK, giving people across the world access to over 150, 000 titles. In 1998, Blackwell opened its central London flagship store in Charing Cross Road, the book-lovers’ Mecca. Since this time, two flagship stores, Broad Street and Charing Cross Road, have both won Chain Bookseller of the Year at the Nibbies, the annual British Book Awards.

Blackwell has now been trading for over 125 years from its world-famous flagship store at Broad Street in Oxford. Its staff continues to be renowned for their expertise, depth of knowledge and love of books since the first Blackwell shop opened its doors.

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