A selected list of independent presses in Britain

Tara Mulholland reporter at The International Herald Tribune, has written A Nice List that might be of interest. She writes: "There are many independent presses currently trying to establish themselves in Britain. Here is a brief selection of some who have managed to make a mark."


'Honest' book store sells nothing but Lincoln

Here's A Report on The Abraham Lincoln Book Shop. It is basically Abe Lincoln from his youth in Springfield on up through his presidency. Almost everything that has been written about him is in stock and so are some of the things he wrote himself.

"It's an archeological dig through the strata of American history. You'll see things on the Civil War and Lincoln and other presidents. Books and autographs, original oil paintings. Original material from the times," said Dan Weinberg, owner of Abraham Lincoln Book Shop.


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.

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.

How Outraged Authors Helped Block Books Firm Bid

The Independent Reports Some of Britain's best-known authors are celebrating a partial victory after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) refused to wave through Waterstone's attempt to acquire its independent rival Ottakar's.
A deluge of complaints from readers, authors and publishers prompted the competition watchdog to order an in-depth inquiry into the bid last week, on the ground that it threatened a thriving book market. The Competition Commission will have until next May to decide whether to allow the creation of a bookselling powerhouse.


Authors and readers fight 'super chain'

AUTHORS and readers battling to stop High Street bookselling being dominated by one 'super chain' have won a crucial victory in the UK. A backlash against the takeover of the Ottakar's book chain by Waterstone's owner HMV has forced the deal to be referred for a full-scale competition inquiry.

Consumers and writers have waged a campaign against the deal, which they said could seriously damage Britain's literary trade and hurt niche and local writers.
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Podcast with George Needham on OCLC's new Perceptions report

Check out this online interview from Talking with Talis on the new OCLC Perceptions of Libraries and Information Resources report, with George Needham, VP of OCLC. Lots of interesting tidbits about the report and the 2003 Environmental Scan.

Want to Buy a Wholesaler? Baker & Taylor Is For Sale

It's true. Baker & Taylor is up for sale, and it will have huge implications for libraries. Here's the story from the Book Standard .


California is book country

This One originally ran in the Los Angeles Times. Kenneth Turan enjoys the company of books, especially on vacation. No matter which country he visits -- even such places as China, Japan or Greece, where deciphering the language is not an option -- he seeks out bookstores and hang around. So when he heard that one of the great Western concentrations of independent booksellers, more than two dozen establishments at last count, was just a few hours away from LA, a trip seemed mandatory.


Gay bookstore can appeal to top court in Canada

News From Canada: A Vancouver gay bookstore has been given the go-ahead to argue in front of the Supreme Court of Canada that the government should fund its legal dispute with Canada Customs.

Yesterday, the top court granted Little Sisters Book and Art Emporium leave to appeal a lower-court decision that cut its funding lifeline for the legal fight. Jim Deva, a co-owner of Little Sisters, said fighting Canada Customs in court could cost the store $500,000 to $1-million, which he characterized as an impossibly high figure for a bookstore, or almost anyone else, to come up with.


2 Editors, Successful at Penguin, to Start a Book Division at Doubleday

The founding editors and co-publishers of Riverhead Books, the Penguin Group imprint that in recent years brought to bookstores hugely successful works like "The Kite Runner" and the journals of Kurt Cobain, announced yesterday they would leave Penguin later this month to start a new division of the Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group of Random House Inc.NY Times Has More.


Proquest Dissertations & Theses: RSS Feeds

Jay writes "Proquest just announced that new items added in its dissertation database are now available as RSS feeds. Excerpt from the web site: "The ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database includes over 2 million masters theses and dissertations, with over 60,000 titles added every year. It is a great resource for researchers in a wide variety of fields. Now, you can keep up with 'what's new' in the database using updates in RSS format. Once you point an RSS reader at this URL, anytime a dissertation or thesis is added to the ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database that matches the predefined subject terms, your website is updated automatically. Note that you can use dissertations & theses RSS Feeds regardless of whether you use the classic PQDD interface or access PQDT via the ProQuest platform. Non-subscribers will be able to see basic information about each relevant title."

For more information:

Proquest Dissertations & Theses: RSS Feeds."


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