Eason & buyers . .

Eoin Purcell

Why Easons is important
If you work in publishing in Ireland, you have to work with Easons. I say that, not to attack them or to slight them, it is simply fact. Easons stores are located in nearly every major urban centre from Athlone to Roscommon and nearly everywhere in between.

But it is not just their brand name stores you have to consider when you think about Easons. Equally important is their wholesale third party customers. These stores range from large independent bookstores to newsagents who sell mostly magazines.

They will mostly order new releases with little prompting (in ones and twos at first but more if they sell) but, especially for a company with a backlist like Mercier’s, it is important that these stores are supplied with your backlist titles and Easons are the key player in making that happen. The bible for those booksellers (and Easons Managers) is the monthly Booknews magazine. Getting your cover info and bookdata correct and into the Booknews on deadline is therefore pretty vital.

Some news of note . .
All of this is by way of bringing a nice end to a story I mentioned recently, that Eoin McHugh Eason Head Buyer. The Bookseller reports today that Easons have reorganized their buyers to take account of that:

Maria Dickenson, who has been with the Irish retailer for nine years, has been appointed head of buying. David O’Callaghan is now general book manager
alongside his existing role as children’s buyer. He will be responsible for bestseller stock management.

Both O’Callaghan and Dickenson will report to Tom Owens, books director.

There is more but it gets complicated so I will leave it out. The point I want to make before I sign off though, is that it will entail a slight shift in the selection of books on Easons shelves. An often forgotten bias in publishing is the retail book buyers bias. I just hope it works our way.

Still even if it doesn’t it’ll be a fun challenge

Irish Publishing & Transworld

Eoin Purcell

I mentioned before
About the challenges of independent publishing in Ireland. Well the news has just broken about Transworld entering the Irish market:

Transworld has revealed plans to set up a new subsidiary company in Ireland, headed by Eason’s head buyer Eoin McHugh. Transworld Ireland will launch with its first list in 2008, focusing on Irish writers or books about Irish issues. McHugh, who joins the company as publisher in September, will report to senior publishing director Francesca Liversidge.

Good for them. Eoin McHugh is pretty well known in the trade (Easons controls a lots the booksales so he would be) and respected too. Looks like a good move on their part to hire him. It will be interesting to see their first list in 2008.


Just for the laugh: here is the Hoff @ an Easons signing.