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Final Harry Potter book may hurry bookstore openings

One From The Buffalo News: Three new bookstores are expected to open in and near Buffalo area malls sometime this year - including the Walden Galleria and McKinley Mall - and one insider hopes the pending, final Harry Potter book will prompt construction to go quickly.
"We're kind of trying to push for things because of Harry Potter," said Dawn Everett, community relations manager for the Amherst Barnes & Noble store. "It would be such a great thing to be able to be open."

Movie - Indies Under Fire

In the span of just a decade, over half of the nation's independent bookstores vanished. This revealing documentary tells the stories of three such stores fighting for survival. In Capitola, California, a developer's plans to bring Borders to town prompts a fierce debate over the rights of "big box" retailers to locate in a place famous for its small town charm. In Palo Alto, news of the closing of Printers Inc. Bookstore prompts a local citizen to mortgage his house to try to save it. And in Santa Cruz, when a Borders moves in down the street from the town's oldest bookstore,Bookshop Santa Cruz, protests and vandalism ensue. This compelling film follows these stories and raises tough questions about the place of local culture in an increasingly homogenized world.


Closing Out the Year With More Bookstores Closing

From the New York Times, news of the final closure of the recently-reopened Coliseum Books in mid-town Manhattan; in Dallas the closing of the thirty-year old Black Images Book Bazarre; in Seattle Wessell & Lieberman Pioneer Square is closing; in Salem Oregon, Jacksons Books is closing; and to sum it up, Reuters gives us an overall review of the dismal situation of indie bookstores in the year past.

Maybe those of you who care about the demise of the indies (no need to pay attention Wal-Mart shoppers) can resolve to try to patronize the dwindling rank of remaining independent bookstores in 2007.


Many Suspects Seen in the Death of a Mystery Bookstore

After 34 years, it's curtains for Mystery Ink here in New York City. The New York Times has the story.


A Tale With a Twist - Bookstores Compete for Pretzel Exclusivity

A Chicago company that has sold pretzels in Borders and Barnes & Noble cafes for seven and eight years, respectively, planned to stop selling in Borders, where it has annual sales of $500,000, and sell only in B&N because it wanted "an exclusive bookstore outlet," according to the Chicago Sun-Times .

For contractual reasons, Kim & Scott's Gourmet Pretzels must continue selling in Borders' cafes, run by Seattle's Best Coffee. The company, which wants to strengthen its brand, plans to create special flavors to sell in B&N cafes.


San Mateo's 'M' is for Mystery finds success in specialty niche market

Some Good News about an Indie Bookstore for a change. It was a strategic move by Ed Kaufman that turned a small independent bookstore into the largest mystery specialty store on the West Coast.
Not that he ever figured to reach that lofty status, but Kaufman deliberately chose the mystery niche when he opened "M" is for Mystery 10 years ago in downtown San Mateo.

It was a genre he loved and knew a lot about, and in an industry dominated by chains and online giants, it was a survival move. The decision to focus on the mystery genre by Kaufman and his wife, Jeannie, proved to be the key to their success.


College Students Suing Follet HEG for Used Book Sale Practices

According to Central Florida News, two Daytona Beach Community College students (yeah, sun, fun and higher ed) are planning to sue their school and their college bookstore (Follett) for ripping them off on used book sales.


London's Finchley Bookshop Closing After 38 Years

A Finchley bookshop that has grown to become an institution' with Finchley residents past and present is closing its doors to customers after 38 years in business.
The Finchley Bookshop, a family run business, opened in 1968 in Hendon Lane, but moved to Ballards Lane, Finchley, where it established itself at the heart of what was then a rather bookish community.

Michael Hart, 55, took over running the shop from his parents Hilda and Norman who, when they first moved to Ballards Lane, found queues stretching down the street in anticipation of its first day. But with competition from supermarkets and the internet, there is no longer demand for the bookshop. This is London has the obit.


Please Buy Our Store Says Bookshop Owner in Chapel Hill

After twenty-one years in business, the Bookshop will most likely close within a year if it doesn't find a buyer, say co-owners Bill Loeser and Linda Saaremaa. Loeser said someone with energy and passion could keep The Bookshop alive. Whether he hands over the reins or liquidates the 150,000-book inventory, Loeser plans to get out of the business by his 65th birthday in September.

"One would like to think that if there's one place a second-hand bookstore could survive, it would be Franklin Street in Chapel Hill," he said. Story from the News Observer.


Jeff Bezos' Risky Bet

Business Week Reports Amazon's CEO wants to run your business with the technology behind his Web site. But Wall street wants him to mind the store. Yes, Amazon founder and Chief Executive Jeffrey P. Bezos, the onetime Internet poster boy who quickly became a post-dot-com piñata, is back with yet another new idea.Bezos wants Amazon to run your business, at least the messy technical and logistical parts of it, using those same technologies and operations that power his $10 billion online store. In the process, Bezos aims to transform Amazon into a kind of 21st century digital utility.


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