During Apple Corp.'s Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in San Francisco yesterday, the company reported that approximately 130 million books have been downloaded from the iBookstore "and all major publishers are on board," TechCrunch wrote.
The big news at WWDC was the official announcement of Apple's iCloud, "a free new service available that will synch content on Apple devices with servers in Apple's data centers, where it can be pushed to all a user's devices," Forbes reported. For e-book fans, this means that books from iBookstore "can be purchased downloaded to all of a user's Apple devices. Get to a page, bookmark it, and the bookmark is pushed to of all a user's other devices."
"We're going to demote the PC and the Mac to just be a device, just like an iPhone, an iPad an iPod touch, and we're going to move your digital life into the cloud," Jobs said.
Word Up, a pop-up bookstore, is opening for a month on June 14 in the Washington Heights area of northern Manhattan. Like the Fleeting Pages pop-up bookstore in Pittsburgh, Pa., which opened for a month and closed June 4, Word Up will offer many reading and writing events, with a focus on small presses, micros presses and 'zine publishers. The store will carry books in English and Spanish, intended to serve the large Dominican population in Washington Heights. Word Up will be located at 4157 Broadway, at 175th St. (the site of a former pharmacy).
Word Up's organizer is Veronica Liu, managing editor of Seven Stories Press and publisher of Fractious Press. Liu was inspired in part by the work of the Seven Stories Institute, which aims to make the press's work available to the communities it intends to help, and inspired also by Rebel Bookseller by Andrew Laties, which she is editing. (This is an updated version of the book, which was originally published in 2005 by Vox Pop.)
Word Up's inventory will be sold on consignment. Interested small press publishers and authors should contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a consignment form and shipping address, or to propose a small press reading, workshop or event.
The store will be open during the Northern Manhattan Arts Alliance's Uptown Arts Stroll, an annual month-long event that includes artist exhibits, dance performances, readings, and other creative events.
(Again we thank Karen Lillis, aka Karen the Small Press Librarian, who has written about Word Up and Fleeting Pages!)
Metropolis Books, which opened in downtown Los Angeles, Calif., in 2006, is up for sale because owner Julie Swayze needs to care for an ailing relative who lives out of state, Los Angeles Downtown News reported.
"The economy is tough, but we have our base," Swayze told the paper. "I didn't want to be that bookstore that quietly went up for sale. I wanted to say, 'Listen, we've had some success. We've done 134 on-site events and it's something where it should continue. It's very viable.' "
Metropolis's lease expires in October 2012; the landlord has pledged to work with potential buyers.
The Sunrise Bookshop, Berkeley, Calif., which sells new and used books in the fields of metaphysics, spirituality and Eastern and Western philosophy, is closing this month after 37 years in business. The store is owned by Richard Cook aka "the Cosmic Bartender." He will continue to sell antiquarian books online.
Sundance Bookstore, Reno, Nev., has moved to and reopened in the historic Levy House and will hold its grand opening party and 25th anniversary celebration on Sunday, June 26, Reno Gazette-Journal reported. Sundance had been in the Keystone Shopping Center.
The Levy House is owned by the Nevada Museum of Art. The store will be on the first floor; the second and third floors are being used for office space and the home of Baobab Press, which Sundance owners Christine Kelly and Dan Earl started two years ago.
More ink for Brooklyn bookstores!
The New York Daily News profiled BookCourt and general manager Zachary Zook, who describes business as "really great" despite Amazon and e-books and the threats before them. "New Yorkers still want to by a physical book from a family-run store." He noted that the younger generation is reading, too. "There are so many young kids in here reading it's insane," he said. "It's a great way for parents to entertain the kids and there's always a line of strollers outside the door. I don't really see kids reading on their iPads yet."
The store has benefited by Zook's parents' decision long ago to buy the building in which BookCourt is located, and it's holding more author events than ever. To "enhance the readings," the store is installing a coffee and wine bar in the basement.
Book trailer of the day: Fringe-ology: How I Tried to Explain Away the Unexplainable--And Couldn't by Steve Volk (HarperOne).
Flavorwire.com offers a link to Plausible-Seeming but Tonally Inappropriate Book Covers, in which "a mystery artist (artists?) imagines possible bad book covers for some of our modern classics, complete with brilliant (and consistent, and upsetting) accolades from modern American hero Jonathan Franzen."
The Telegraph's Sarah Crompton reflected upon her experiences at the recently concluded Hay Festival: "I am writing this from a tent in the middle of a field in Wales. It is a rather grand tent, with carpet and armchairs, and it is a big field, but there is no mistaking the temporary nature of the structure. Yet for the past 11 days, the Telegraph Hay Festival, a tent city built on a 17-acre site in the literary town of Hay-on-Wye has not only been my home, but the centre of a cyclone of thoughts and ideas, which have been shared by tens of thousands of visitors. I’ve been here before, but when you just pop in to the festival, you tend to gravitate towards the events that interest you. What has been eye-opening about staying here is the sheer range of stimulation on offer....
"It is this hunger to learn, this interest in extending knowledge, that is the single most inspiring quality of this festival. At the start of the week, Henning Mankell suggested to members of the audience that they should try to learn something new every day. But that is a lesson that no one here seems to need to absorb."
Among the Telegraph's notable Hay Festival one-liners was this from author Edward Docx (The Devil's Garden): "Writing a novel is like filling a swimming pool with a syringe."
Be afraid. Be very afraid. Artist Mike Bukowski has visualized some of H.P. Lovecraft's "creepiest monsters" in drawings that were showcased by Flavorwire, which noted: "Of all the classic horror writers out there, perhaps none created as many memorable monsters as H.P. Lovecraft."
Bookcase of the day: Laughing Squid featured the Libreria ABC modular bookcase system, which "consists of shelving cubes that are cleverly shaped like letters and numbers. Libreria ABC is the work of Italian design firm Saporiti."