Laurie Brown has been promoted to senior v-p, sales and marketing, at
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. She was formerly senior v-p of sales.
the same time, Bridget Marmion, senior v-p, director of marketing, is
leaving the company.
Gary Gentel, president of Houghton Mifflin
Harcourt's Trade & Reference Group, said that the move "will offer a
streamlined approach to getting our books--in all formats--the
universal attention we need to reach an ever changing retail and
He added that Marmion "has been a valued
manager, coach, mentor, and colleague to many of us and I thank her for
her 11 years of service to HMH."
Some 10% of respondents to an online survey conducted by Toadstool Bookshops have e-readers and another 15% are thinking of buying e-readers, according to Bookselling This Week.
Toadstool, which has three stores in New Hampshire, received more than 400 responses to its 10-question survey. Among other findings: a majority of the stores' customers don't have an e-reader and don't plan to buy to one. The majority said they "really liked books" and visiting a bookstore.
Most respondents were unaware that e-books are available on Toadstool's IndieCommerce site, but many expressed an interest in buying e-books through their local bookstore. The respondents also said e-book prices and information about e-books were "two features they were most interested in."
Williams called the agency model for selling e-books, which is being adopted with many e-book titles via Apple, "the solution for bookstores in general."
Congratulations to Nicola's Books, Ann Arbor, Mich., which celebrates its 15th anniversary this Saturday with an open house and wine-and-cheese party, according to Bookselling This Week.
Owner Nicola Rooney was a chemical engineer by training and worked in that field for several decades, until the mid 1990s, when her company was bought and her job transferred to Germany. In 1995, Nicola Rooney bought a Little Professor franchise store that was for sale and changed its name. The store, she said, has been "profitable each year."
Book (testimonal) video of the day, by Lisa Tabari on the Tyra Banks Show for Skinny Bitch by Rory Freedman and Kim Barnouin (Running Press).
A group of Somerville, Mass., citizens wants to bring a
bookstore back to Davis Square two years after McIntyre & Moore
Booksellers moved to Cambridge.
"We feel it's really a missing
piece of the community," said Jay Neely, Davis Bookstore Project
organizer. Boston.com reported that "members of the
group hope their enthusiasm will persuade an interested entrepreneur to
take up the slack. They'd also be happy if an existing independent
bookstore opened a branch in the square, but no chain stores. They want a
store that sells both new and used books, with 'that Davis Square
spirit of indie and involved,' Neely said.' "
A "portion" of publisher, author and
Mysterious Bookshop owner Otto Penzler's personal library will be sold
at auction May 8 at the Swann
Auction Galleries in New York City. The Guardian reported that the "vintage trove of
British spy novels" includes "the 1953 edition of Casino Royale,
which has a guide price of $20,000 to $30,000, a rare first edition of
Eric Ambler's 1938 novel Cause for Alarm, signed to Penzler, as
well as first editions from Graham Greene, Dennis Wheatley (inscribed to
a fan, 'this is really good') and John Le Carré."
bookshop was in Manhattan, most authors sooner or later found themselves
visiting, where I distinguished myself as an enormous irritant by
asking them to inscribe my books," Penzler said.
Hockensmith, author of Pride and Prejudice and Zombies: Dawn of the
Dreadfuls, talked with Entertainment Weekly's Shelf Life blog about his bestselling
prequel. He predicted the zombie and vampire literary frenzy is "not
going to spread to mummies. It's not that somebody won't write a
wonderful werewolf romance and have that go through the roof, but it's
hard for me to imagine it turning into a phenomenon. But then again if
you had said to me ten years ago that zombies were going to be huge,
'Buy zombie stock now!' or 'I have one word for you my friend,
zombies,' I don’t think I would have seen it, so what do I know. But I
do think that if you do look at vampires and zombies, it makes sense."
Larry Portzline's bookstore tourism concept is alive and well in southeastern Massachusetts, where Alan and Helene Korolenko are planning another bus trip to Greenwich Village in New York City "to explore bookstores and literary sites." Participants can visit bookstores with the Korolenkos or on their own; they can also follow a self-guided literary walk.
The Greenwich Village Booklovers Adventure will travel via bus from and back to New Bedford, Mass., on Saturday, April 17. The cost is $70. For more information, go to barrel-of-music.com.
The Mountains & Plains Independent Booksellers Association and the American Booksellers Association are holding a meeting Friday and Saturday, April 16 and 17, in Santa Fe, N.Mex., at the Inn of the Governors. Dorothy Massey of Collected Works bookstore in Santa Fe is acting as host.
The program includes an ABA Forum and discussion of online website marketing; a panel on creating successful author events; a discussion of e-books by booksellers who are selling them; a luncheon featuring Hampton Sides, author of Hellhound on His Trail (see review below!); a panel on social media and more.
MPIBA and the ABA are also sponsoring a meeting with similar program on Thursday and Friday, April 29 and 30, in San Antonio, Tex., at the Fairmont Hotel. The meeting is hosted by Claudia Sharp of the Twig bookstore, San Antonio.
For more information on the regional focus meetings, go to MPIBA's website.