Book Stores

The Publishing Contrarian and Independent Bookstores

At "The Publishing Contrarian" blog there is a discussion about what independent bookstores need to do to survive or even if they can survive.

New Life as a Library Store for Shuttered L.I. Bookstore

The Port Jefferson Library has come to the rescue of Good Times Bookshop, which closed down after 34 years of bookselling in this Suffolk county town.

Rather than let an era of erudition be replaced by run-of-the-mill retail, the library leased the space that once housed Good Times and plans to continue a treasured tradition in tomes. By June, the now-bookless bookshop and its creaky floorboards will be resurrected as a library-run, library-funded bookstore and young adult information station. More from The New York Daily News.

Where to Buy the Last Harry...

...not at an independent bookstore. Though celebrated as a book that's brought people back to reading, the series has not been a financial plus for the indies...in fact, just the opposite.

Amazon Mystery: Pricing of Books

L.A. Times journalist David Streitfeld has discovered a mysterious phenomenon at the megalith on-line bookseller Amazon.com. His report: "On Nov. 6, seeking to boost my dubious culinary skills, I decided to buy "The Cast Iron Skillet Cookbook." I went to Amazon and placed the book in my electronic shopping cart but got distracted and never finished the transaction.

The next day, I signed on to Amazon again. A pop-up message informed me that the price had increased from $11.02 to $11.53."

Application of the economic theory of dynamic pricing? " "Prices change," Amazon.com spokesman Sean Sundwall said. "Prices go up, prices go down."

Self-publishing made easy online

Self-publishing made easy online is a C|Net story on Blurb.com."access to a computer can make a book and get it professionally printed. The company offers free downloadable software, called BookSmart, which enables people without design experience to easily lay out the pages, choose background colors and fonts and edit photos. The design templates were created by book design experts."

Final Harry Potter book may hurry bookstore openings

One From The Buffalo News: Three new bookstores are expected to open in and near Buffalo area malls sometime this year - including the Walden Galleria and McKinley Mall - and one insider hopes the pending, final Harry Potter book will prompt construction to go quickly.
"We're kind of trying to push for things because of Harry Potter," said Dawn Everett, community relations manager for the Amherst Barnes & Noble store. "It would be such a great thing to be able to be open."

Movie - Indies Under Fire

In the span of just a decade, over half of the nation's independent bookstores vanished. This revealing documentary tells the stories of three such stores fighting for survival. In Capitola, California, a developer's plans to bring Borders to town prompts a fierce debate over the rights of "big box" retailers to locate in a place famous for its small town charm. In Palo Alto, news of the closing of Printers Inc. Bookstore prompts a local citizen to mortgage his house to try to save it. And in Santa Cruz, when a Borders moves in down the street from the town's oldest bookstore,Bookshop Santa Cruz, protests and vandalism ensue. This compelling film follows these stories and raises tough questions about the place of local culture in an increasingly homogenized world.

Closing Out the Year With More Bookstores Closing

From the New York Times, news of the final closure of the recently-reopened Coliseum Books in mid-town Manhattan; in Dallas the closing of the thirty-year old Black Images Book Bazarre; in Seattle Wessell & Lieberman Pioneer Square is closing; in Salem Oregon, Jacksons Books is closing; and to sum it up, Reuters gives us an overall review of the dismal situation of indie bookstores in the year past.

Maybe those of you who care about the demise of the indies (no need to pay attention Wal-Mart shoppers) can resolve to try to patronize the dwindling rank of remaining independent bookstores in 2007.

Many Suspects Seen in the Death of a Mystery Bookstore

After 34 years, it's curtains for Mystery Ink here in New York City. The New York Times has the story.

A Tale With a Twist - Bookstores Compete for Pretzel Exclusivity

A Chicago company that has sold pretzels in Borders and Barnes & Noble cafes for seven and eight years, respectively, planned to stop selling in Borders, where it has annual sales of $500,000, and sell only in B&N because it wanted "an exclusive bookstore outlet," according to the Chicago Sun-Times .

For contractual reasons, Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels must continue selling in Borders' cafes, run by Seattle's Best Coffee. The company, which wants to strengthen its brand, plans to create special flavors to sell in B&N cafes.

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