Book Stores

Al Mutanabi Book Market Coming Back To Life

NBC News Producer Michele Neubert Reports the Al Mutanabi book market – the longtime literary and creative nucleus of Baghdad - is coming back to life.

"I've had conversations there I haven't been able to have for years. It’s just so free. It's brilliant,"

Battle over books breaks out in Westhampton Beach

A tiny Westhampton Beach bookstore has become the frontline in a battle over the written word. Terry Lucas, owner of The Open Book on Main Street, has fortified her shop with handmade signs, the protests spelled out in glittery letters. "We have fREADom," one poster reads. "Reading=good. Censorship=bad," another sparkles.

"The issue as we see it is not taking anything out of the library," he said. "The core of this issue is whether these two pieces of work are age-appropriate and belong on the list. I don't see this as a censorship issue."

Former employee who took a leaf out of Amazon’s book

The Times has a prfile of Andrew Crawford . They say the notion of competing with Amazon, the internet retailing giant, may appear daunting. But it did not deter Andrew Crawford who took on the online bookseller and has prospered. By 2004 he was free to follow his dream and so, with £10,000 of his own savings, he built a website and the Book Depository (Thebookdepository.com) was born.

The company has a single simple aim – to try to make all books available to all people. Crawford said: “If there is knowledge out there we should be trying to distribute it. That basically has been my mission all the way through.”

Canadian Local bookstore selling U.S. books at U.S. prices

Oh how I miss the days when I could make jokes about the Canadian dollar being worth a few American pennies... U.S. books can now be bought at U.S. prices at one Toronto bookstore.
The Book and Brier Patch, a locally owned and operated bookstore, has announced it will now offer U.S. books at U.S. prices. It's the first local retailer to take initiative in making a switch, and has even done so before any location of bookstore giant Chapters/Indigo Books.
Maybe we can talk them into carrying the In My Book Bookmark/Cards too!

RIP, Fup the Powell's Technical Bookstore Cat

Fup, the feline belonging to Powell's Technical Bookstore in Portland, died on October 25 at the ripe old age of 19. Here's a tribute on the Powell's website.

No Coffee in Iranian Bookstores, Except the Islamist One

Story from The Guardian tells of a new restriction on serving coffee in bookstores, which according to Iranian officials, constitutes an illegal "mixing of trades".

But critics suspect the move is aimed at restricting the gathering of intellectuals and educated young people. The closure order comes amid an offensive against liberal trends by the Islamist government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, which has included the banning of western books.

The reformist newspaper, Etemad-e Melli, pointed out that Ahl-e Ghalam, a bookstore linked to the culture and Islamic guidance ministry, had been allowed to keep its cafe.

Nothing like a good cup o joe with a little fanaticism thrown in.

Anatomically Correct Art Censored in Bookstore Window

Someone, we're not exactly sure whom, didn't want their child walking by and seeing the collaborative window exhibit "Playing Doctor" at the York University Bookstore. The exhibit was an attempt to facilitate awareness about the importance of being checked for testicular and breast cancer.

Here's the story from Excalibur, the campus paper of York University in Toronto.

Black Bookstore in L.A. Is Considering Calling It Quits

Due to declining sales the owners of the African-American interest bookstore Eso Won Books, Los Angeles, Calif., will consider closing later this year. L.A. Wave reported.

This would leave the number of African-American genre bookstores down to no more than half a dozen.

Besides competition from chain stores and Internet retailers, co-owner James Fugate cited a decline in purchases from institutions such as the Los Angeles Unified School District and public libraries. Last week he made a pitch to those customers via e-mail, saying in part, "Supporting us keeps books in the community, especially since we've moved over here, there really isn't a bookstore around, [for] miles. There's no real place--so people come here not just only [for] black books but they come here for school books."

In recent years, Eso Won has won widespread attention for a series of star-studded book signings and readings, which have featured such notables as former President Bill Clinton, actress Angela Bassett and mystery writer Walter Mosley.

But, Fugate said, many attendees don't purchase books at these events. "Certainly people come when we have our big events and I think, in some ways, people began to think, 'Oh, Eso Won could get by because we got President Clinton. Then they think we're fine. [But] If you really don't shop with us, then we're definitely not going to survive."

Borders Honors Educators With a Discount

Borders Group is "honoring America's teachers" by giving a 25% discount on regularly priced books, CDs, DVDs, gift and stationery and cafe items for classroom or personal use from tomorrow, September 26, through Tuesday, October 2.

Current and retired teachers, librarians, professors, homeschoolers and other educators are eligible for the Educator Savings Week. As part of the event, Borders is donating $50,000 to its literacy partner, First Book, which provides reading material to children whose families can't easily afford books.

Borders is holding receptions for educators at its superstores on Friday, 4-8 p.m. For more information about Educator Savings Week, go to Borders Media.

Dollar parity angers Canadian book buyers

Bookworms north of the border are likely to ratchet up their complaints about the U.S. imports, now that the shrinking U.S. dollar and rising Canadian dollar met at value parity last week.
Prices there have been a lightning rod for scrutiny, partly because both U.S. and Canadian prices for the same book typically are on the dust jacket. While the U.S. dollar historically has had a higher value than Canada's, Canadian prices for books typically have been higher than exchange rates alone could explain.

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