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One NYC Indie Bookstore Survives By Being Small And Specialized

http://www.npr.org/2014/05/03/309045602/one-nyc-indie-bookstore-survives-by-being-small-and-...

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.

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Bad Campaign Memoirs

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.
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It’s Leaving 57th Street, but Rizzoli Bookstore Vows Sequel

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/12/nyregion/its-leaving-57th-street-but-rizzoli-bookstore-vow...

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.

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Surging Rents Force Booksellers From Manhattan

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?”

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James Patterson Is Giving $1 Million To Indie Bookstores

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.

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World's Biggest Bookstore to be replaced by row of restaurants

Four restaurants will replace the World’s Biggest Bookstore, which is now scheduled to close at the end of March, it was announced Tuesday.

The location, just a block from the Eaton Centre, was purchased by Lifetime Developments from the family that founded Coles Books and Coles Notes in Canada.

http://www.thestar.com/business/2014/02/11/worlds_biggest_bookstore_to_be_replaced_by_row_of...

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Waterstones Response to Amazon's Drone Delivery Plans -- O.W.L.S.



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.

My family was evicted from our bookstore and this is our kickstarter

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.
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Brick-And-Mortar Bookstores Try For Revenge Against Amazon

Renee Montagne talks with NPR's Lynn Neary about the state of Amazon's publishing business. The online giant not only sells books but publishes digital and print books as well.

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http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=241786954

Little 'Libraires' That Could: French Law Would Keep Amazon At Bay

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.

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Are Bookchains Merely Shuffling Deckchairs on the Titanic?

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.

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An Unexpected Price War Is Making Amazon Book Prices Lower Than Ever

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.
http://gizmodo.com/an-unexpected-price-war-is-making-amazon-book-prices-lo-948777676

Food trucks inspire mobile bookstore

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

Serendipity and Samples Can Save Barnes & Noble

And Libraries?
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.

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Japan's Amazing Book Towers

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.

Penguin to launch "Book Truck"

picture of Penguin Book TruckPenguin 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

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Houston’s ‘murderous’ bookstore thriving in an e-book world

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.”

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Judge: Unredeemed Borders Gift Cards Are Worthless

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.

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The Last Bookshop, a film

Orders Cut, as Publisher and Retailer Quarrel

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.

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