Why Amazon’s the best thing to happen to books

An Anonymous Patron writes "One From The Herald looks back at the first decade of Amazon. Alison Rowat says Accusing on-line booksellers of squeezing out serious literature and discouraging experimentation is wide of the bookmark. "


Chapter Eleven Goes Chapter Eleven

A fixture in the Atlanta GA area, Chapter Eleven Bookstores (a mini-chain of thirteen independent bookstores) is filing for bankruptcy, but will keep it's seven most profitable stores open.

More from the Atlanta Business Chronicle and Publishers Weekly Daily .


UK Bookstore deal has U.K. authors up in arms

One From International Herald Tribune says according to some British authors, the combination of the Waterstone's and Ottakar's chains could mark a turning point in the war between commerce and culture. Using language that British historians normally use to describe the flanking maneuvers of German panzer divisions, he and other leading authors and publishers are urging British regulators to forward the deal, valued at around £100 million, or $177 million, to the European Commission's antitrust police for scrutiny. If that happens, HMV Group, which owns Waterstone's, has said it would abandon its plan to buy Ottakar's.
See also: Book trade faces a grim new chapter


Authors' fury over bookshop takeover plans

The Sunday Herald reports on Scottish politicians, publishers and writers have expressed "grave concern" over the proposed takeover of the book-chain Ottakar's by Waterstone's, which they think would make a mockery of Edinburgh as the first World City of Literature.


As Kepler's Books reopens, customers queue at registers

San Francisco Chronicle Reports Kepler's Books has reopened. The beloved independent bookstore, which had closed abruptly on Aug. 31, has been given a new lease on life, thanks to volunteers who helped restructure the enterprisewith a new business plan, a new marketing strategy, a new board of directors, a new store lease and more than $500,000 from new shareholders.


Library works out catalog snafus

The Howard County Times reports on "a beastly transition" to a new SirsiDynix system in Howard County Maryland. The problem boiled down to one of software compatibility, Tom Gates, vice president of marketing for SirsiDynix, said Sept. 27. Essentially the company's software didn't click with Java, a programming language, he said.

"It's really changed my library behavior," Weems said. "One gets angry when one loses what one loves.""We are the first problem of this nature that they have encountered, partly because we are among the most heavily used remote systems in the world," Gross said.

Update: 09/30 11:52 EST by B:Link Fixed


Palm Teams With Microsoft for Smart Phone

Anonymous Patron writes "Making Deals With The Devil? Palm Inc. is teaming up with Microsoft Corp. to launch a Windows-based version of the Treo smart phone, marking the first time the handheld computer pioneer will sell a device based on its former rival's software. The new Treo 700 will be offered through Verizon Wireless, according to market analyst Rob Enderle and other industry sources."


New bookstore caters to young readers

New bookstore caters to young readers covers Paula McDonalds retirement. During her 20-year career as a school librarian with the Chico Unified School District and later at Rancho Bernardo High School, McDonald built many libraries from scratch, carefully selecting each book that would be placed on the shelf for young readers to discover. Although she has retired from her library career, McDonald's labor of love continues at her newest venture, Salty Tales for Young Readers, a children's bookstore in Carlsbad Village. The store, which opened in July, sells books for infants through young adults, as well as gifts including baby blankets (handmade by McDonald's daughter, Marion), finger puppets, activity books, CDs and DVDs.

Link stolen from a blog you should be reading, Jill Stover's Library Marketing-Thinking Outside the Book.


Board, patrons group launch plan to reopen Kepler's Books

The San Jose Mercury News follows up on plans for Kepler's. Kepler's Books of Menlo Park, the popular independent book seller that shut down abruptly in August, is hoping to reopen by October with financial support from patrons and business expertise from a new board of directors, including three Silicon Valley executives.

The new board retains Kepler's heir and owner Clark Kepler as president, CEO and chairman of the board of the 50-year-old Menlo Park institution which became known regionally as one of the premier independent bookstores in the Bay Area.


Former LA school Official Accused of Ordering Own Books

Here's one way to make a fast buck (actually a million): write a textbook, be hired by a public school board and insist that the board purchase nearly 50,000 copies of your book with federal funds. This is exactly what former Los Angeles math curriculum supervisor Matthias Vheru did, but now the jig is up and he's facing prosecution.

Story from the San Luis Obispo Tribune and additional details from The Washington Post .



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