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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.”
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!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
In a city--and a country--that has seen dozens of bookstores close in the face of online competition and dwindling customer traffic, the demise of Libreria Lectorum comes as a particular blow to the Hispanic literary community in New York. For nearly a half-century Lectorum has dispensed a wide range of translations of popular American titles by authors like John Grisham and Nora Roberts, as well as a vibrant collection of books by Spanish and Latin American novelists, poets and playwrights. It has also welcomed a steady stream of writers for readings at the store on 14th Street in Greenwich Village.
Gerome and Nora Gutierrez, Argentine immigrants, founded the business in 1960 when they started importing bilingual dictionaries from a publisher in Buenos Aires and sold them out of their car and from their apartment on 116th Street in Manhattan. They eventually opened a store on Seventh Avenue in Chelsea, moving to the Avenue of the Americas before finally landing on 14th Street in 1962. Store's last chapter from the New York Times.
Textbook prices...a very hot topic based on a recent LISNews article.
Here's an idea being implemented by the University Of Virgina, an institution created by a multi-talented patriot and great U.S. president, Thomas Jefferson: the bookstore will be renting textbooks. Story from C-Ville, the Charlottesville, VA weekly that informs us that only 2% of institutions of higher learning are going ahead with the textbook rental concept.
What do the textbook publishers think of this profit-squashing paradigm? According to Stacy Skelly, assistant director of higher education at the Association of American Publishers, they're not shaking in their loafers. Skelly, who represents some of the biggest publishers of college textbooks, says that rental programs are growing at such a small uptick that they're not a significant worry for the likes of Thompson, Houghton-Mifflin or Pearson.