Yet more book news

What is it with Waterstones? Are they manic or are they manic? I received another email from them today, after yesterday’s crime epic. These emails aren’t Amazon-style lists of books that some computer thinks you might want to buy based on your past purchases, but contain content that is actually interesting (sometimes, but sometimes is not bad for an email shot). This time:

"Welcome to our weekly update on all the news from the book world. This week has seen the announcement of the shortlists for the British Book Awards. The winners will be announced on Wednesday 28 March at a ceremony hosted by Richard & Judy. Their current bookclub choices – best reads of the year – form one of the 11 shortlists, and we have 50% off all eight titles. As part of Waterstone’s commitment to new talent, we are sponsoring the newcomer of the year award, and the four nominated titles in this category are The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield , The Observations by Jane Harris, The Island by Victoria Hislop and Michael Cox’s The Meaning of Night."

I’m kind of out of it tonight, but whatever its ups and downs as a bookseller, I’d recommend signing up to Waterstone’s email service if you are a bookaholic. The above is but one topic among half a dozen content-rich articles (including competitions)  in "this week’s" offering — "this week" presumably not counting yesterday’s crime fiction email shot, another cornucopia far too rich for the time-poor.

3 thoughts on “Yet more book news

  1. I agree. I signed up to these awhile ago and find them very interesting — quite “newsy” as opposed to full of marketing waffle. I’ve not actually bought anything from the Waterstone’s website, so I’m not sure whether they deliver (excuse the pun) on the fulfilment side of things. Would be an interesting experiment to try I guess.

  2. I am going to sign up now: thank you. I usually know which books I want to buy but I never mind extra prompts.
    And, Maxine, thanks for blogrolling Blogging for London: I’ll have to keep it updated now.

  3. I’ve done a bit of research on W’s pricing, Kim — as a general rule they don’t beat Amazon (sometimes equal it), and they do offer the same “free postage for books over £15” as Amazon. I only actually ordered from them once, at Christmas: as they sent me a £5 off voucher I could just beat Amazon on that occasion. The ordering/delivery process was very smooth. However, their stock is far, far more limited than Amazon’s. W seems to focus on books it has decided to promote plus a relatively small backlist, whereas on A you can get (almost) anything, especially as A links you to all those millions of “marketplace” (second hand/out of print) sellers.

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