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Mystery Store Proprietors to Reveal the Mysteries of Modern Publishing at the LOC

From Shelf-Awareness: Barbara Peters and Robert Rosenwald, owners of Poisoned Pen Books Bookstore and Poisoned Pen Press, Scottsdale, AZ, will be the featured speakers at the Library of Congress at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7, at an event that is part of the Books & Beyond author series sponsored by the Center for the Book in the Library of Congress.

The pair will address how book and print technology has developed; how electronic manuscript submissions, e-books, digital ink and wireless reading devices have affected the industry; digital rights management; the interplay of Web and print media; video trailers for books; the popularity of graphic novels and gaming based on books.

Who's Running the Bookstore?

No matter who's running the bookstore...September is almost always a nightmarish month for students attempting to acquire the necessary texts for their courses. Here are two articles that specifically point the finger at corporate bookstore management...

Follett: this one about what seemed like an attempt by new bookstore management Follett to gouge students at Cal State San Bernardino...

and Barnes and Noble: this one at Rowan University about insufficient stock since the takeover by B&N.

And for general griping about the cost of textbooks, here's one from Minnesota Daily...Bend over, we're going to the bookstore.


Don’t Buy That Textbook, Download It Free

Article in the New York Times discusses open source textbooks, POD textbooks, and textbook publishers adopting different business models.


The Megalisters--We Buy Books!

What becomes of library books after they are removed from circulation? They might end up in the Library Store or the annual friends sale, but another possibility is that they become the property of a 'megalister' who lists the book for sale, sometimes even without actually possessing them.

NYTimes Book Review reports on companies like Thrift Books ( three million books and 180 employees) and Harvest Book Company (140,000 books and 13 employees) where used books can sometimes be sold for as little as one cent.

After the great wave of creative destruction set off by e-commerce, the more adaptable breed of used-book seller seems to have survived with the ideals of Larry McMurtry (author of "Books" a memoir of his many decades as a book dealer) intact. Chris Volk, a store owner and the vice president of the Independent Online Booksellers Association, says her colleagues are frustrated but undaunted by the megalisters. “In the long run,” she said, “people who know what they’re doing will win out.”

Morningside Books at Columbia U. Needs Help

Morningside Books at Columbia University is in trouble and is turning to locals for help. The shop occupies a building owned by the university, and has been granted multiple extensions on its rent and its owner hopes to sell a portion of the shop to neighborhood investors.

"Barnes & Noble has affected business, the Internet has affected business, and the economy has affected business," said Peter Soter, the shop's owner. "Books are a luxury item--they're not like clothes or insurance."


Fewer Banned Books and Increased Sales in the Muslim World

Abu Dhabi: What can you do to make the day pass a bit more quickly during Ramadan? Browse at the bookstore perhaps...where according to Gulf News, fewer books are being banned these days.

The number of banned books in the UAE, dealing with controversial topics, is on the decline as the country takes a more tolerant stance towards the expatriate community, bookshop owners say.

"Of course, there are still books that will not be sold here - like the ones that scold [defame] religion, those with sexual content and images and also politically-charged books. But we are noticing that fewer books are being banned," Mohammad Yousuf, store manager of Abu Dhabi's largest bookshop, Jarir Bookstore, told Gulf News.

Find A Bookstore Via Map

Now you can find independent, specialty, chain and college bookstores throughout the country, and survey the book retail landscape in any region.

Use the "View Map" tool bring up maps of bookstores in any particular state or major metropolitan area, or search the database in more targeted fashion with the Search Maps and Browse Specialty Stores features.


Amazon’s Purchase of Shelfari, a Possible Front in the Battle with Borders

In Amazon’s Purchase of Shelfari, a Possible Front in the Battle with Borders—and a Triumph for Social Book Sites

Last week, we reported that Amazon is acquiring Seattle-based Shelfari, a literary social networking site. We also noted that Cambridge, MA-based LibraryThing (which Amazon also owns 40 percent of) had some harsh words for its West Coast rival. John Cook of the Seattle P-I provided some useful insights and comments here (e.g., the deal is less than $10M, not a home run). But the acquisition left me wondering about more than just the future of these two startups, and whether it was a good exit for Shelfari. It made me think about Amazon’s strategy, and how the deal fits into the larger context of social sites built around books and other consumer goods.

Full blog entry here.


Online bookstore sued for selling illegal books in China

The popular Chinese-language online bookstore was sued with selling illegally published books at a court hearing held here on Tuesday.

Zhang Hongru, president of the Beijing-based Tuanjie Publishing House, took Dangdang to court after he bought on its website in early July a book allegedly compiled by himself and found it was counterfeited and illegally published.


Second-hand book sellers learn to adapt

Second-hand book sellers learn to adapt The World Wide Web has found a home amid the shelves and stacks of Canada's second-hand bookstores.

But sellers say that doesn't mean the final chapter has been written for customers who like to troll nooks and crannies in search of lexical treasures.

“Most of our sales are just good old walk-in traffic — the old-fashioned way,” says Pat Edgar-Brown.


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