Unbridled Books is offering a year-long subscription service called Great Reads to Your Doorstep
: the publisher will send six new releases for $100 or three for $60 to recipients. The first three featured titles are An Unfinished Score
by Elise Blackwell, Captivity
by Deborah Noyes and Taroko Gorge
by Jacob Ritari. Subscribers also receive a free backlist title as thanks, a twice-a-year e-mail newsletter and 25% off all Unbridled Books.
"We get to know people. People get to know us." That was
how Harvey Finkel, owner of the Clinton Book Shop, Clinton, N.J.,
explained the secret of the store's 35-year run to the Hunterdon County Democrat
addition to author events, Clinton Book
"sponsors two book clubs, updates customers using Facebook
has an e-mail letter that reaches 3,500 people, and each staff member
has a cultivated following among customers who rely on them for new book
recommendations," the Democrat
Dougherty observed that the store's social media presence communicates
with "a group we may not traditionally reach out to"--younger readers.
And as Facebook has evolved, older readers are also being drawn to the
bookstore. The Democrat
noted that the "'hook' on the Facebook
page may be a discount coupon, word of an exciting new release, or just
an update that the staff has cleared snow and reopened after a storm."
"Book fans in northern Dutchess County can check out what's
going on in the world of literature close to home at Oblong Books and
," advised the Poughkeepsie Journal
in a piece about the
popular author events schedules at Oblong Books locations in Millerton
and Rhinebeck, N.Y.
"We have a good mixture of kids who come in
with their parents or just parents who come in to meet these authors
because their kids think the books are great, especially at the
Millerton store, where we have a lot of customers come in for kids'
events," said manager and co-owner Suzanna Hermans.
the Word?" In this video
, Durango, Colo., bookseller Shay Lopez explores the word
"coruscate" and, not coincidentally, handsells The Bone People
Borders Group is encouraging book groups to meet in its stores. "We're encouraging stores to reach out to the public to say, 'We're here,' " spokesperson Mary Davis told the Chicago Tribune
. "It's a way to drive traffic to the stores."
Earlier the company had hosted book groups led by its booksellers.
novelty sideline carried by many bookstores has run into controversy in
Melbourne, Australia, where customer Katie Robertson was "outraged
after discovering a Borders book store was selling a 'control a woman'
remote," according to ABC (Australian Broadcasting Co.) News
Thompson of Borders said the store also carries a "control a man" remote
that had sold out and "they will not take it off the shelves on the
basis of one complaint."
is partnering with Thomas Nelson and Zondervan to create accessible
formats for some of the publishers' titles, and is simultaneously
launching a website
to market the accessible editions from all of its Christian publisher
This Sunday, March 21, 10 a.m–5:30 p.m., the Midwest Booksellers Association and American Booksellers Association are holding a spring meeting at Left Bank Books, St. Louis, Mo. Nearly 50 booksellers are planning to attend.
The program includes an MBA education and information session; an ABA education session on online website promotion and ABA Forum; a rep pick of the lists; Patrick Somerville, author of The Cradle
, who is the featured lunch speaker; and a reception with five authors.
For more information, go to midwestbooksellers.org
Also this coming Sunday, the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association is sponsoring a NAIBAhood Gathering at Chicklet Books in Princeton, N.J. Owner Deb Hunter will show off the store and discuss her unusual businesses. The Gathering begins at 11:30 a.m. at 301 N. Harrison St. in Princeton; 609-279-2121. RSVP to NAIBA at email@example.com
The Southern California Independent Booksellers Association and ABA are sponsoring Schmooze Cruise II on Wednesday, April 14, 10 a.m.–6:30 p.m., on the Queen Mary
in Long Beach.
Program includes a session on growing sales with businesses and schools; an ABA session on online website promotion and an ABA Forum; and SCIBA's annual meeting.
RSVP to Jennifer Bigelow at firstname.lastname@example.org
One of our favorite bits of cover copy, from the 2000 book The Jumbo Duct Tape Book
by Jim Berg, Tim Nyberg and Tony Dierckins (Workman):
"Forget everything you may have read or heard about duct tape. Compiled from a lifetime's obsession, The Jumbo Duct Tape Book
is a magnum opus of nuttiness. If you duct tape your hands to the front and back covers of this book, you'll find it almost impossible to put down!"