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Sam Husain to retire as CEO of Foyles

Sam Husain joined Foyles as Chief Executive back in 2007, and today it’s been announced that he will be retiring in April. Husain achieved great results in the role, with Foyles winning Bookseller of the Year in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2013, and Children’s Bookseller of the Year in 2012. The bricks and mortar book retail market has been under tremendous challenge in recent years but, despite this, he has steered the business through five consecutive years of profitable trading.

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James Patterson donating £250,000 to British and Irish bookshops

Following a similar act of philanthropy in the US last year, hyperbestseller James Patterson is set to donate £250,000 to independent booksellers across Britain and Ireland in a bid to ensure no children have to live lives without books. Patterson’s pledge coincides with the beginning of Independent Booksellers Week, which starts this coming Saturday. The awards scheme is open to any independent bookshop featuring a dedicated children’s section whose annual turnover is under £1 million. Grants will be awarded ranging from £250 to £5,000 (which, for the maths-impaired, means somewhere between 50 and 1,000 bookshops stand to benefit).

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Independent bookshops continue to disappear from high street

The Booksellers Association last week released its annual membership figures, and they made for grim reading for lovers of independent bookshops: for the sixth year running, the total number of indies on the UK high street remained in decline.

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