Notes: Little, Brown's New Logos; Indies Choice Hall of Fame
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Little, Brown and Company and Little, Brown Books for Young Readers have new logos--the first in more than 70 years--that are inspired by antique typewriter keys. The logos (the adult one is on the left) were created by typographer and graphic artist Lance Hidy; the L and B initials are in Silica, and the accompanying text is in Magma bold.
The first three inductees to the Indies Choice Book Awards Picture Book Hall of Fame have been voted in by members of the American Booksellers Association. According to Bookselling this Week, the 2009 inductees are:
- Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (HarperCollins)
- Make Way for Ducklings by Robert McCloskey (Viking Juvenile)
- Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus by Mo Willems (Hyperion Books for Children)
"ABA members have fittingly chosen two perennial favorites and a modern classic as the first inductees to the Indies Choice Book Awards Picture Book Hall of Fame, created to bring well-deserved attention to the wonderful backlist titles handsold at independent bookstores from coast to coast," said ABA CEO Avin Mark Domnitz. "These three titles, which have made frequent appearances on Indie Bestsellers lists over the years, are a terrific beginning for a new annual tradition."
Amazon posted "stronger-than-expected earnings during the slow winter months," the New York Times reported; and company CEO Jeff Bezos noted that "Kindle sales have exceeded our most optimistic expectations." For the quarter ending March 31, the company's net sales rose 18% to $4.89 billion from $4.13 billion a year earlier, and net income jumped to $177 million from $143 million.
Some analysts think Amazon "has benefited from the downturn, with struggles at the Borders book chain, the bankruptcy of Circuit City and turbulence at a rival, eBay, all driving traffic to Amazon.com," according to the Times.
Amazon predicts net sales to grow 6%-17% to somewhere between $4.30 billion and $4.75 billion for the second quarter.
BTW also reported that the ABA has unveiled a new name and logo "for the ABA E-Commerce Solution: IndieCommerce."
"As we move member sites to Drupal, an open-source platform that's practical, intuitive, and adaptable, it's fitting that we give ABA's E-Commerce Solution a new name that reflects just what the program, and our members stand for--giving consumers a choice of buying online at independent bookstores, each with its own unique personality," said IndieCommerce director Ricky Leung.
Cool idea of the day: "A prominent local figure is a murder victim in Madison [Conn.] and it’s up to you to crack the case. You have one night to complete the task: the evening of Thursday, April 30. Do you accept the challenge?"
The Source reported that this is the premise behind the Madison Cares Movie and Merchant Night Fundraiser, which will feature town personalities, including Roxanne Coady of R.J. Julia Booksellers. Would-be crimesolvers will uncover clues at local merchants--along with wine and hors d'oeuvres.
"People can go from store to store, pick up a clue, have a drink, register for the silent auction," said Coady. "It’s neat to get all the stores involved and support your town. It's been a lot of fun."
In the New York Times blog "The Local," multi-talented Jessica Stockton Bagnulo--Shelf Awareness contributor, McNally Jackson Books events coordinator, future Brooklyn bookstore owner--profiled multi-talented Emily Takoudes, senior editor at Clarkson Potter and "a force in the literary community in Fort Greene-Clinton Hill. . . . she brings the publishing community in the neighborhood together, convening a long-running series of girls' nights out and making the Brooklyn Book Festival a must event."
Our friends at Unshelved asked their readers "What do you wish publishers knew?" and then compiled the best answers (from librarians, booksellers and readers) into an illustrated eBooklet, Publisher Confidential: Frank Feedback for Publishers From Librarians, Booksellers, and Readers, featuring original Unshelved comics. To read it in PDF format, go to Unshelved's blog for the link.
If you've always wondered what Matt Groening's favorite bookstore is, Decider Los Angeles just asked him. The creator of the Simpsons and Futurama said, "I'm a particular fan of the oddball bookstore Family on Fairfax Avenue. It's basically a bookstore curated as if it were a museum. It's brilliant--it's just got very crazy art books. For all my jaded intellectual friends, it's where I do all my shopping for gifts."
"Ignore all price stickers" is the message on the walls of Used Book Super Store, which recently opened in a former Waldenbooks location at Square One Mall in Saugus, Mass. Owner Bob Ticehurst "began his 'Got Books' used book business over eight years ago in his parents' Billerica basement," Wicked Local Saugus reported.
McIntyre's Fine Books in Pittsboro, N.C., celebrated its 20th anniversary this week. Owner Keebe Fitch shared one of the keys to the bookshop's success with Bookselling this Week: "Our staff booksellers are wonderfully committed to the community here, and I am very proud of their efforts to help our customers. I credit Jamie Fiocco, the manager at McIntyre's, for doing such a wonderful job of melding everyone into such a solid team. They go the extra mile to help people even outside of the confines of bookstore."
The New Statesman explored "How celebrities saved, then killed, the book trade," observing that the publishing industry "has cultivated an unhealthy obsession with celebrities . . . to the detriment of proper books and authors."
The Heart Is a Lonely Hunter by Carson McCullers is Washington's Big Read-D.C. pick for this year, the Post reported. The annual reading initiative, presented by the Humanities Council of Washington and the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities in partnership with several community organizations, will run through May 23.
Think you're prepared for bad times? Take the Guardian's "literary apocalypses" quiz because, even as "the end of the world grows nigher and nigher . . . there's still time to tackle our hellishly difficult quiz before the lights go out."
Stacy Creamer has been named v-p and publisher of Touchstone Fireside, a division of Simon & Schuster, effective May 11. Creamer comes to Touchstone Fireside from Broadway Books, where she is v-p and editor-in-chief.
"Stacy is one of the true stars of the publishing world," said Carolyn Reidy, S&S president and CEO. "She is highly regarded for her editorial skill, eclectic taste, and ability to acquire and nurture books that garner both critical acclaim and major bestselling status."
Creamer will report to Martha Levin, executive vice-president and publisher of Free Press. Touchstone Fireside and Free Press will have independently functioning editorial and publishing staffs. She replaces Mark Gompertz, who was recently named executive vice-president, digital publisher of S&S, and will retain managerial oversight of the company's Howard Books imprint.