The last e-frontier: today Apple is beginning to sell more than 100 illustrated e-books on its iBookstore, according to the New York Times. The e-titles, some of which are iBookstore exclusives, are children's books, photography books and cookbooks from Simon & Schuster, HarperCollins, Hachette, Macmillan and Workman. Prices are expected to be "generally in line" with print prices.
"It finally gives us the opportunity to have our picture books join the e-book revolution," Jon Anderson, publisher of S&S Children's Publishing, told the Times. "It gives us a great opportunity to monetize our content in a way that we previously haven't been able to." Sometime next year, S&S aims to release picture e-books at the same time as the print editions.
Among the books now e-vailable: the Olivia series, In the National Parks by Ansel Adams and some Amelia Bedelia and Fancy Nancy titles.
You can run, but you can't hide from e-books. The owners of Atlantis Books,
"a postcard dream of a bookstore tucked away on the Greek island of
Santorini... used to thrive on the legions of book-hungry cruise ship
passengers who disembarked at Santorini each year, but recently staff
members began to notice many of these tourists had e-books tucked under
their arms with a year's worth of reading already downloaded," the Ode
magazine reported. In addition, customers who did buy print books were
purchasing fewer due to new baggage weight restrictions imposed by the
The solution? Atlantis Books launched Paravion Press, which publishes short fiction and essays in the public domain like The Beauties by Anton Chekhov and The Decay of the Art of Lying
by Mark Twain. "For this sort of thing to work, it's important people
in the store are committed to the project," said Craig Walzer, one of
the bookshop's founders of Atlantis Books. "Our first run sold because
we were excited about the books and talked them up to customers."
added, "Sometimes I think that going into publishing to help a
bookstore is more ridiculous than opening a bookstore in the first
place. I'm not sure it's the most practical solution, but bookselling
doesn't really attract practical people, so maybe it's the best possible
In an introduction to a slide show of "some of the best faux-book covers for e-book readers and tablets," Wired wrote, "We don't just want to protect tablets and e-readers, but honor and personalize them, and maybe bring back some of the quaint pleasures of reading an old leather-bound volume at the same time."
We can hear many of you thinking, You can bring back some of the quaint pleasures of reading an old leather-bound volume by reading an old leather-bound volume.
Congratulations to One More Page Books, which has opened in Arlington, Va., and will hold an open house this Saturday, according to the Falls Church News-Press. The 1,500-sq.-ft. stores carries more than 6,000 titles, wine, chocolates, greeting cards and products by local artists. The paper said that owner Eileen McGervey "created the store to share a love of books and provide a space to support local writers, artists and independent businesses. Planned events include author signings, children story hours, wine tastings, writing workshops, book clubs, knitting clubs, and arts and crafts projects for children."
One More Page is located at 2200 N. Westmoreland Street, Suite 101, Arlington, Va. 22213.
Inspired in part by Macy's recent firing of a 20-year Santa for several jokes he has told adult visitors for many years, Green Apple Books, San Francisco, Calif., (aided by several other local indie stores) is hosting a comedian dressed as Santa this coming Saturday, 2-4 p.m. Visitors for Santa are requested to donate $5 or bring an unwrapped new toy for a kid for the San Francisco Firefighter's Toy Drive. "You can sit on 'Santa's' lap and hear a joke," the store's blog said. "Not for the easily offended."
The WebEcoist highlighted 10 bookstores around the world that operate in "the most unexpected of reclaimed structures." They include a onetime cathedral, an old funeral home (a Borders in New Orleans), several former theaters, an Airstream (now a mobile book center), a train caboose, old cigarette vending machines in Germany that offer a small selection of books for €4 each--and our "favorite," a former farm manure tank in rural Wisconsin, where sales, we hope, never go down the drain.
The top 20 book club bestsellers for 2010 from Bookmovement.com based on readers' choices are:
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg Larsson
Sarah's Key by Tatiana de Rosnay
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by Jamie Ford
The Next Thing on My List by Jill Smolinski
Little Bee by Chris Cleave
A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick
Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout
Cutting for Stone by Abraham Verghese
The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows
Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein
Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
The Glass Castle: A Memoir by Jeannette Walls
The Wednesday Sisters by Meg Waite Clayton
The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery
The 19th Wife by David Ebershoff
The Forgotten Garden by Kate Morton
Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
Flavorwire showcased 10 Visual Artists Who Use Books as Their Medium, noting: "Even as our lives become ever more digitalized, the beauty of the printed page continues to hold sway."
"Otherworldly: The Year's Most Transporting Books":
NPR recommended six books that "contain some of 2010's most vividly
realized alternate worlds. Their authors confidently assert their
respective realities, without making the mistake of insisting upon them
so unconvincingly that the spell breaks."
The BookMasters Group has expanded its U.K. and European presence by adding Jonathan King, director of Chieftain Book Services, as international publisher services consultant. King, who lives in Epsom, Surrey, has nearly 30 years of publishing experience and has worked at Cassell, Penguin, Transworld and Orion. He was most recently sales and marketing director of Ian Allan Publishing.