Book Stores

Japan's Amazing Book Towers

Kotaku.com shows us books stacked up in a variety of different formations.

Traditionally, books in Japanese bookstores are stacked in small piles or placed on shelves—like anywhere else. The book tower trend isn't exactly new and puts a flourish on retail presentation, whether it's the straight up "tower pile" or the "spiral pile" variation.

Back in 2009 to mark the launch day of Haruki Murakami's new book 1Q84, Tokyo book retailer Sanseido changed its shop sign to "Books Murakami Haruki" and unveiled a book tower that was then copied by other stores. Now, it seems there are even manga towers and spirals—but don't think every bookstore does this.

Penguin to launch "Book Truck"

picture of Penguin Book TruckPenguin is launching a "mobile bookstore" akin to the food trucks that have become so popular in urban areas in recent years. They'll launch the big orange truck (Penguin orange, dontcha know) with a splash at Book Expo America and then roll it through to ALA in Chicago next month.

It'll carry over a thousand books for sale from not just the Penguin imprint, but also its various other imprints, including Viking, Dutton, Gotham Books and others. It's a deluxe ride, with an awning to keep customers in the shade as they browse and LED lights for night-time decoration. It also comes equipped with a pushcart to further extend the sales area.

More details in the New York Business Journal

Houston’s ‘murderous’ bookstore thriving in an e-book world

It’s the case of a small neighborhood bookstore that’s thriving in Houston.

Yes, people still read books and they’re not just using their Kindles or e-readers to do it. They’re seeking out specific books -- especially those books about murder and mystery.

At Murder by the Book in Rice Village, it’s a real “who-done-it.”

Judge: Unredeemed Borders Gift Cards Are Worthless

If you were hoping to cash in that Borders gift card for the latest Dan Brown novel — or at least hoping to get some cash for it — you're too late.

A Manhattan federal judge on Wednesday ruled that the bankrupt and defunct book chain owes nothing to the roughly 17.7 million people who hold $210.5 million in unredeemed gift cards.

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The Last Bookshop, a film

Orders Cut, as Publisher and Retailer Quarrel

A standoff over financial terms has prompted the bookstore chain Barnes & Noble to cut back substantially on the number of titles it orders from the publishing house Simon & Schuster, raising fears among other publishers, agents and authors that the conflict may harm the publishing industry as a whole.

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An Oddly Modern Antiquarian Bookshop

A tiny shop in Toronto, specializing in the arcane and the absurd, may just be publishing’s great new hope.
“This isn’t the store where you’ll find the book you were looking for,” Fowler says. “It’s the store where you’ll find the book you didn’t know you were looking for.” You may find something else surprising at the Monkey’s Paw, too: a glimpse of the future, a way forward for the old-fashioned bookstore in the age of the iPhone and the e-book.

From LA to rural Scotland: The odyssey of a bookworm

Have you ever dreamt of quitting your cushy job and starting a new life halfway around the world to follow your passion?
Jessica Fox, a NASA employee in Los Angeles, decided one day to move to Scotland to live in a used bookshop.
Jessica told BBC News her story of instincts, falling in love, and road bumps along the way.

BBC News Magazine

Is Barnes & Noble's Downsizing A Boon For Independent Booksellers?

The American Booksellers Association recently announced that its ranks grew by 43 stores in 2012, as independent shops sprouted up from coast to coast.

Another good sign from that round-up is that six of those new stores are expansions of existing independent businesses, which would indicate that these smaller operations are not merely able to stay afloat, but also grow.

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While bookstores are failing, libraries are thriving

How's that for a happy subject? "While bookstores are failing, libraries are thriving"... But libraries afford the valuable loan aspect of book reading. In this digital age, some people still want to hold physical books, not tablets, but that doesn’t mean people actually want to buy a print version. Paper versions that only occupy a house for a week, though, are much more likely to be taken home and thus libraries continue to survive in an increasingly online world.

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