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What's Happening to Independent Bookstores?

An analysis from the American Booksellers Assn. about the state of independent bookstores these days, via The Times Tribune .

Columbia's Morningside Books v. The Big Guys

From the Columbia Spectator (Columbia University in NYC), another story about the struggle for independent bookstores to survive in the age of chains {A Noble Battle?
In a World Dominated by Chains, Customers Decide Whether to Pay the Price for Their Local Stores}.

Tattered Cover Bookstore to Relocate

If you're a booklover who's been to Denver, you probably have visited the wonderful Tattered Cover Bookstore. But not even the most popular independent bookstore is exempt from the trend towards megastores and online buying. The Tattered Cover Book Store is moving its flagship store in the Cherry Creek section of Denver to space in the Lowenstein Theater, an old stage theater on East Colfax that has been unused for many years and is being renovated.

In a statement, owner Joyce Meskis said, "The Tattered Cover will be creating a unique store in this wonderful project. While the Tattered Cover has cherished our remarkable 34 years in the Cherry Creek area, recent years have seen a significant decline in business accompanied by increased costs, necessitating our difficult decision to move the store when the lease expires."

Meskis told the Rocky Mountain News that she would like to keep a satellite store in the Cherry Creek section.

Whither Book Passage?

Long-standing and fiercely independent bookstore Book Passage, in Corte Madera, CA, is facing the ultimate enemy...the potential opening of a huge Barnes & Noble only a block from where they are located.

Bill Petrocelli, co-owner of Book Passage, said he doesn't know whether the Barnes & Noble move is actually happening. But if true, he said, "It's distressing because Barnes & Noble has a history nationwide of targeting independent stores and putting them out of business. I have no illusions about what they are trying to do here."

News story here, and an 'emergency website', created by concerned locals here .

Charges upheld in comic book case

News Out Of Georgia where A Floyd County judge has upheld charges pending against Gordon Lee, the owner of a Broad Street comic book shop who is accused of giving a sexually explicit comic to a minor in October 2004.

Defense attorneys for Lee — who were successful earlier this month in having four of the seven charges against him dropped — had asked Superior Court Judge Larry Salmon to consider dismissing the remaining charges, which they argued are based on an unconstitutional statute and represented "needlessly duplicative" prosecution of their client.

Book publisher, Hershey settle

From Associated Press The Hershey Co. has settled a trademark-violation lawsuit against Simon & Schuster Inc. over a new book with a dust jacket that includes the familiar image of a Hershey chocolate bar.

Under the settlement, the New York-based publisher agreed to add an image in the upper left corner of the dust jacket's front cover stating that the book — "Hershey: Milton S. Hershey's Extraordinary Life of Wealth, Empire and Utopian Dreams" — is "neither authorized nor sponsored by The Hershey Company."

Feminist bookstore's future in peril

It seems Charis Books & More has fallen on hard times, after three decades as a beacon for lesbians across the region, the South’s oldest feminist bookstore needs a significant increase in sales if it is to survive to reach its 32nd birthday next November, according to Bryant and Charis co-owner Sara Look. In a widely disseminated Dec. 11 email, the bookstore’s staff asked the “Charis Community†if they still “want and need Charis to be here.â€

“We hear shoppers and volunteers and community members say yes, Charis is needed and wanted, but the numbers are singing a different song,†the email said. “If business doesn’t pick up rapidly, we will be forced to close.â€

Embracing New Technologies Have An Implied Warning Label

Embracing new technologies have a implied warning label, especially when dealing with specialty software markets, like library software. Take as in my case, a Dynix library catalogue on Microsoft SQL 2000, Windows XP Professional x64, Then add to that one fat windows based library software client, SirsiDynix's Horizon client version 7. Will they work together?

Short answer: No, not "Out of the Box".

Long answer: Yes, but only if you know about the "workaround". And it comes with cavaents. -- Read More

Missoula business resurrects books old-fashioned way

A Neat Report from The Billings Gazette on Shaffner's Bindery, a 40-year-old family business tucked against the hillside along U.S. Highway 93 between Missoula and Lolo.There are no computers here, no digitized machines or other forms of modern technology to do the work. Like ages past, the Old World craft of bookbinding is done by hand, with immeasurable patience, and with the assistance of 100-year-old book presses, engraving tools and a sewing machine.

Corner Bookstores Stare Down Google

One From Forbes small indy book sellers and their battle with big chains, the Internet, and now with all the Internet powerhouses working to digitize books and make the contents searchable via the Web, another threat has emerged. Chuck Richard, vice president and lead analyst with Outsell, a research and advisory firm focused on the information industry, says in this kind of search-driven environment, low-cost providers will win. "Search-driven online book purchases will push independent booksellers to specialize, to go deep in subject areas," he says, adding that, overall, all booksellers stand to gain more than they stand to lose by the digitization of content.

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