Feeds

Birmingham's Computer Bookshops Ltd goes titsup

Dead tree downturn does for venerable technical bookseller

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

Birmingham-based tech book seller Computer Bookshops Ltd has failed to make it out of administration, and is being wound up.

The company had become a fixture since setting up in 1978, and claimed a portfolio of more than 350,000 volumes by the time it had to call in the administrators in February 2014.

Its properties included CBL Distribution (a wholesale operation), the Bookaxis.com online retailer, Web training provider Cblearning.com, as well as its Computermanuals.co.uk outlet.

As the Birmingham Post reported, nearly half its staff were laid off by Grant Thornton administrators David Bennett and Nigel Morrison earlier this year, as they tried to find a buyer for the operation.

In spite of some exclusive deals with publishers, a multi-channel model which gave it a number of other booksellers as customers, and strong direct Web sales, the decline in book sales plus an unnamed-publisher quitting the market left it unable to continue.

The company posted this Tweet confirming that the end has come:

One small ray of sunshine: the company is running a 75 per cent off closing down sale you'll find here. ®

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

More from The Register

next story
BIG FAT Lies: Porky Pies about obesity
What really shortens lives? Reading this sort of crap in the papers
Assange™ slumps back on Ecuador's sofa after detention appeal binned
Swedish court rules there's 'great risk' WikiLeaker will dodge prosecution
You think the CLOUD's insecure? It's BETTER than UK.GOV's DATA CENTRES
We don't even know where some of them ARE – Maude
NSA mass spying reform KILLED by US Senators
Democrats needed just TWO more votes to keep alive bill reining in some surveillance
prev story

Whitepapers

Choosing cloud Backup services
Demystify how you can address your data protection needs in your small- to medium-sized business and select the best online backup service to meet your needs.
Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Seattle children’s accelerates Citrix login times by 500% with cross-tier insight
Seattle Children’s is a leading research hospital with a large and growing Citrix XenDesktop deployment. See how they used ExtraHop to accelerate launch times.
5 critical considerations for enterprise cloud backup
Key considerations when evaluating cloud backup solutions to ensure adequate protection security and availability of enterprise data.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?