Submitted by Blake on May 3, 2014 - 4:28pm
Posman's Chelsea store is one of three that the small independent chain currently operates in Manhattan. The other two are in Grand Central Station and at Rockefeller Center. John Mutter, editor-in-chief of Shelf Awareness, an online newsletter about books and publishing, stated that each separate store caters to a specific market, and that niche marketing is one reason Posman has succeeded where others have failed. The Grand Central store is aimed at commuters; the Rockefeller Center store caters to tourists and travelers; and the Chelsea Market store is filled with cookbooks.
Even in this age of e-books and the convenience of buying online — a market dominated by Amazon — plenty of readers still love browsing through bookstores.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on April 28, 2014 - 10:17pm
It used to be that politicians' lives were recounted after their careers, by professional biographers. Today, writing a memoir has become de rigueur for political aspirants looking to garner votes. Manoush speaks with Politico's Casey Cep, who says these books amount to little more than press releases that consistently fall flat.
Submitted by Blake on April 12, 2014 - 7:01pm
Friday was the store’s last day at 31 West 57th Street, and the closing came at the end of a painful week for shoppers who value a particular kind of New York store. J & R Music and Computer World, which grew from a 500-square-foot basement operation to storefronts along an entire block in Lower Manhattan, closed, saying it had to be “reimagined and redeveloped.” And Pearl Paint, a store on Canal Street beloved by artists, reportedly put its five-story building on the market.
Submitted by Blake on March 26, 2014 - 9:22am
Literary City, Bookstore Desert
The rising cost of doing business in Manhattan is driving out many of its remaining bookstores, threatening the city’s sense of self as the center of the literary universe.
“How can Manhattan be a cultural or literary center of the world when the number of bookstores has become so insignificant?” he asked. “You really say, has nobody in city government ever considered this and what can be done about it?”
Submitted by Bibliofuture on February 20, 2014 - 9:56am
Independent bookstores, with their paper-thin profit margins and competition from Amazon, have found themselves a Daddy Warbucks.
The best-selling author James Patterson has started a program to give away $1 million of his personal fortune to dozens of bookstores, allowing them to invest in improvements, dole out bonuses to employees and expand literacy outreach programs.
Submitted by Blake on February 13, 2014 - 10:00am
Submitted by Bibliofuture on December 5, 2013 - 10:52am
Originally posted by Birdie -- technical problems were causing embed not to work. She had the following comment with original post -- Hilarious response by Waterstones to Amazon's "Prime Air" concept of drone book delivery. Got to love the closing line.
Submitted by Blake on November 11, 2013 - 7:25am
The Book House has been operating as an independent community new/used/rare bookstore in St. Louis for nearly 30 years. The books were housed in a victorian era mansion that is famously haunted and has been deemed a historical landmark. It is affiliated with various charities including Second Chapter, a group/foster home for disabled children.
This is the house that I grew up in. Unfortunately, we do not own the property. The landowners were only interested in selling an entire lot of several establishments, and we were unable to get approved for a mortgage, so we have been leasing for decades. A few months ago, we learned that the property had been sold to an industrial storage company. The building is going to be demolished.
Submitted by Bibliofuture on October 30, 2013 - 10:30am
Submitted by Bibliofuture on October 25, 2013 - 10:07pm
France's government has taken legal steps to protect the country's independent booksellers from behemoths like Amazon. It already prohibits discounts of more than 5 percent on books. Now it's considering a law that would not allow online retailers like Amazon to offer both a 5 percent discount and free shipping.
Full story on NPR
Submitted by Blake on August 13, 2013 - 7:21am
Waterstones may have avoided a digital commitment, or as some would suggested merely handed over their customers naively to Amazon. Barnes and Noble may have bitten more digital technology that they could deliver and taken too long to realise that the Nook market didn’t stop at the Eastern seaboard. But in both cases it isn’t too late to harness the goodwill and brands that remain, but it will take hard decisions such as experienced in the oil industry in the 80s and not just tinkering at the edges. It truly is a daunting task and not one for the old guard or inexperienced.
Submitted by Blake on July 29, 2013 - 10:23am
Amazon appears to have slashed the prices of its books, thanks to an Overstock.com promo in which it priced all of its books at least 10 percent below Amazon.
The aggressive pricing strategy has been enough to see Bezos & Co. cut the prices of hardcover book by between 50 percent and 65 percent compared to the usual cover price. Those kinds of discounts have never been seen on Amazon before; typically, it knocks around 40 to 50 percent off as a maximum.
Submitted by Blake on July 18, 2013 - 9:04am
Combine a bookmobile with a food truck and what do you get? The Penguin Book Truck — and for good measure, the Penguin Book Pushcart.
By combining the concepts of bookmobile and food truck, book-publisher Penguin Group (USA) recently introduced its first mobile bookstore. And just like a good book, there’s a bonus inside: the Penguin Book Pushcart, which rolls out of the truck and down a ramp to make books even more accessible.
From The Detroit News: http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20130711/AUTO03/307110040
Submitted by Blake on July 15, 2013 - 2:55pm
Online discovery -- including everything from Twitter recommendations to authors’ Pinterest boards to Amazon pages -- is growing, but it hasn’t kept up with online sales. People still seem more likely to buy books if they’ve had a chance to flip through physical copies. “Something is seriously missing with online retail discovery. It’s not working,” Peter Hildick-Smith, the founder and CEO of Codex told the Digital Book World Conference and Expo in January.
Submitted by birdie on June 14, 2013 - 9:11pm
Kotaku.com shows us books stacked up in a variety of different formations.
Traditionally, books in Japanese bookstores are stacked in small piles or placed on shelves—like anywhere else. The book tower trend isn't exactly new and puts a flourish on retail presentation, whether it's the straight up "tower pile" or the "spiral pile" variation.
Back in 2009 to mark the launch day of Haruki Murakami's new book 1Q84, Tokyo book retailer Sanseido changed its shop sign to "Books Murakami Haruki" and unveiled a book tower that was then copied by other stores. Now, it seems there are even manga towers and spirals—but don't think every bookstore does this.
Submitted by Amy Watts on May 29, 2013 - 11:05am
Penguin is launching a "mobile bookstore" akin to the food trucks that have become so popular in urban areas in recent years. They'll launch the big orange truck (Penguin orange, dontcha know) with a splash at Book Expo America and then roll it through to ALA in Chicago next month.
It'll carry over a thousand books for sale from not just the Penguin imprint, but also its various other imprints, including Viking, Dutton, Gotham Books and others. It's a deluxe ride, with an awning to keep customers in the shade as they browse and LED lights for night-time decoration. It also comes equipped with a pushcart to further extend the sales area.
More details in the New York Business Journal
Submitted by Blake on May 24, 2013 - 10:04am
It’s the case of a small neighborhood bookstore that’s thriving in Houston.
Yes, people still read books and they’re not just using their Kindles or e-readers to do it. They’re seeking out specific books -- especially those books about murder and mystery.
At Murder by the Book in Rice Village, it’s a real “who-done-it.”
Submitted by Bibliofuture on May 22, 2013 - 11:01pm
If you were hoping to cash in that Borders gift card for the latest Dan Brown novel — or at least hoping to get some cash for it — you're too late.
A Manhattan federal judge on Wednesday ruled that the bankrupt and defunct book chain owes nothing to the roughly 17.7 million people who hold $210.5 million in unredeemed gift cards.
Submitted by birdie on April 18, 2013 - 10:10am
Submitted by Bibliofuture on March 25, 2013 - 10:23am
A standoff over financial terms has prompted the bookstore chain Barnes & Noble to cut back substantially on the number of titles it orders from the publishing house Simon & Schuster, raising fears among other publishers, agents and authors that the conflict may harm the publishing industry as a whole.