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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.


Libreria Lectorum Is Closed

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.


Bookstore Offers Textbook Rentals

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.

Why Indian postmen are selling books

If You're In India You could soon pick up the latest Robert Ludlum bestseller or a copy of the latest exploits of boy-wizard Harry Potter at your city's head post office.

In an effort to increase services and boost revenues, India Post is planning to sell books at post offices. "In today's competitive environment, it is important to provide utility services to customers. India Post has decided to sell books through its strong network of post offices across the country," said Postmaster General (Foreign Post and Marketing) Col KC Mishra.

Friday Bookstore Pictures

The other day I showed a picture of a Opera house that was converted into a bookstore. Today we look at a movie theater in Houston that was converted into a bookstore.



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