Beginning in November, R.R. Donnelley will handle fulfillment of all HarperCollins new releases in the U.S. and provide print on demand services globally for the company. In addition, beginning in July 2010 Donnelley will handle fulfillment of all frontlist and backlist titles for Zondervan.
HarperCollins and Zondervan will continue to handle credit, collection and customer service internally for its businesses, and reorders will continue to be shipped from the Scranton, Pa., distribution center. Donnelley has printed "the vast majority" of HarperCollins and Zondervan titles for more than 20 years.
"Our vision is to have the entire HarperCollins book catalog available for customers in all major territories and ready for delivery in minutes," HarperCollins president and CEO Brian Murray said. "In the U.S., time and money are saved by co-locating printing and fulfillment for fast moving titles. In the U.K. and Australia, POD technology will enable us to competitively offer the entire HarperCollins catalog to customers without expensive freight costs and long lead times."
Besides increasing operating efficiency and lowering costs, the changes will improve the company's environmental impact, particularly through more efficient shipping and paper use, Murray said.
The move resembles in some ways last fall's agreements between Ingram and Macmillan, under which Ingram began providing POD and fulfillment for Macmillan's slower-moving titles (Shelf Awareness, September 22, 2010), and Ingram and Springer (Shelf Awareness, October 12, 2010), under which Ingram began handling all warehousing, fulfillment and POD for Springer and did POD-only printing on some titles.
Under a new agreement, the American Booksellers Association will market On Demand Books' Espresso Book Machine to member bookstores and help promote the sales potential of the POD machines in indies to more trade and independent publishers.
"The Espresso Book Machine provides a unique opportunity to help our members differentiate themselves from their competitors," said ABA COO Len Vlahos. "By offering retail-level on-demand printing, indie bookstores can explore new custom publishing business models, and more quickly and efficiently meet consumer demand for books. This new relationship between ABA and ODB helps lower the barrier to entry for our members to participate."
Under the agreement, On Demand will offer
a 10% discount on the current $25,000 up-front software license fee to ABA
members who purchase or lease an Espresso Book Machine before April 5, 2012.
For lease agreements, the discount will be folded into the overall lease price.
Dane Neller, On Demand's CEO, called indie booksellers "among our earliest and most successful customers" and said that the machines help bookstores in part "position themselves as community-based self-publishing centers for local authors, driving customer traffic and higher sales with no extra inventory."
There are currently nearly 50 Espresso Book Machines in operation around the world, many of them in trade and college bookstores, including Village Books, Bellingham, Wash.; McNally Jackson Bookstore, New York City; Harvard Bookstore, Cambridge, Mass.; Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center, Vt.; Third Place Books, Seattle, Wash.; Schuler Books, Grand Rapids, Mich.; Boxcar and Caboose Bookshop, Saint Johnsbury, Vt.; and Flintridge Bookstore and Café, La Cañada Flintridge, Calif.
On Demand said it plans to have more than 150 Espresso Book Machines altogether installed by the end of the year.
Forget vampires. Mermaids are surfacing as the next big thing, according to USA Today,
which noted that "publishers are releasing a school of mermaid novels.
And MerCon 2011, the first mermaid convention, will be held at the
Mirage Resort and Casino in Las Vegas Aug. 12-13. Even Stephenie Meyer,
who made her fame and fortune writing about vampires, told USA Today in March that she's writing about mermaids. (And, yes, she was wearing a silver mermaid necklace when she said it.)."
and readers are looking for the next big thing in the paranormal
genre," said Mandy Hubbard, author of the upcoming YA novel Ripple. "We've already done vampires and werewolves and angels. Mermaids feel a little more fresh and interesting."
Borders is offering to obtain and ship on
a priority basis for free to customers' homes books that they want but can't
find in Borders stores. In an e-mail to Borders Rewards members, president and
CEO Mike Edwards called the offer Borders' "in-stock promise" aimed
to "assure you that you will find exactly what you are looking for."
The offer ends June 12.
Perhaps with an eye on the many in the
business who say Borders has no strategy for emerging from bankruptcy, he also
said, "We are committed to being the foremost authority in books and are
currently working to tailor the book assortment in your store to meet the needs
of your community. As a family destination, we are also expanding our kids'
educational toys and games offerings, as well as our gift and stationery
Show and tell. In 72 slides, faberNovel
attempted to answer the question: "How did a company that started with
online books come to dominate an estimated one third of ecommerce in the
noted that it is "instructive to see how Amazon has expanded over the
years and moved away from its reliance on books, music and movies. You
also forget that along the way, Amazon piled up $3 billion in losses
between 1995 and 2003. Now it’s got $34 billion in annual revenue, and
is spitting out $1 billion a year on profits. Who says you can’t spend
your way to profitability?"
Bookselling This Week profiled Kona Stories in Kailuna-Kona, Hawaii, which Brenda Eng and Joy Vogelgesang founded in 2006. The 1,500-sq.-ft. general store sells new and used books, specializing in Hawaiiana. Popular sidelines are locally made, particularly greeting cards. In a recent survey, customers expressed an interest in the store stocking more used books as well as mystery, biography, science, and other nonfiction titles, and the pair are working on meeting that interest.
"We think what makes us unique is our ability to tailor our selections to the local interests, and our personal service," Vogelgesang said. "And our cats." Much-beloved Noble and Shadow are "in the marketing budget, and they definitely earn their keep," she added.
Last month the nearby Borders closed, making Kona Stories the only bookstore in town.
Congratulations to Aaron's Books, Lititz, Pa., which won the 2011 Celebrate Literacy Award from the Lancaster-Lebanon Reading Council. The Celebrate Literacy Award is given each year to a person, business, or organization for "exemplary service in the promotion of literacy." Aaron's Books and owners Todd Dickinson and Sam Droke-Dickinson were cited for their efforts to promote reading and a love of books to all ages through their book clubs, author events, children's activities, community outreach, support of Lancaster Reach Out and Read and Lancaster Public Libraries, and most notably producing the Lititz Kid-Lit Festival, now in its third year. The award was presented at Reading Council's annual spring banquet on April 26. (Many thanks to NAIBA for the information!)
A reminder: polling e-booths are open another week for voting on the finalists of the Booksellers Choice Awards, sponsored by Melville House and Shelf Awareness and honoring independent booksellers' favorite titles published by independent houses. The five grand prize winners will be honored on Monday, May 23, 7-8 p.m., at a party at the Housing Works Bookstore in New York City. All are invited!
Book trailer of the day: Wire to Wire by Scott Sparling (Tin House Books), in which the authors takes his editor, Tony Perez, on a tour of the book, including train hopping, strip clubs and drinking Mad Dog 20-20.
Bookstore: the musical. Tonight is opening night for the Atlantic Beach (Fla.) Experimental Theatre's production of Bookstore,
an original musical comedy by Richard Wolf (book and music) and Jane
McAdams (lyrics). The show "is set in a small independent New York City
bookstore run by Tony Gambini (David Jon Davis), who has a demanding
ex-wife and is struggling to compete with the mega-stores and online
retailers," the Florida Times-Union wrote.
said that even though the musical was written six years ago, it is
still timely: "Certainly with the way the economy has gone and the way
book publishing has changed and now with Kindle. When you are an
independent bookstore trying to compete, it is a tough thing."
Bookmark bookstore is partnering with ABET for this production and has
donated nine $20 gift certificates, to be given away to an audience
member at every performance. "I don't plan on breaking out in song at my
store anytime soon," said Rona Brinlee, owner of the Bookmark. "But
anything that creates an awareness about independent bookstores is a
"Science fiction facts" is the latest Guardian quiz, which tests "how far have you travelled in the many worlds of SF."
The Guardian also featured a slide show from a new exhibition at the British Library, "Science fiction: Images from other worlds--in pictures,"
which "presents the rich history of SF down the ages, from Lucian of
Samosata in the second century to the Russian novel that inspired 1984."
Flavorwire showcased "10 Devastatingly Sad Books," noting that "sometimes, the best cure for a hard week, a long day or just a rainy weekend is a really sad book."
At the American Booksellers Association,
Mark Nichols's title has changed to development officer, to better reflect his
role in the association. He has been industry relations officer. Nichols will
continue to work with publishers on the Indie Next lists, the Indies Choice
Book Awards, the Winter Institute, the Celebration of Bookselling Author Awards
Luncheon and BEA. Congrats, Mark!
Effective immediately, Kevin Smokler has
joined Byliner.com as v-p of marketing. He was formerly CEO of BookTour.com,
which he founded with Chris Anderson of Wired.
Byliner.com, which formally launches later
this month, offers archives of nonfiction writers' work that can be found,
shared and discussed by readers, and distributes Byliner Originals,
featuring nonfiction stories by established writers. The first Byliner Originals title was Three Cups
of Deceit by Jon Krakauer, which detailed allegations of waste, fraud and abuse
against author Greg Mortenson, and Into the Forbidden Zone by William T. Vollman.