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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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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