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 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 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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