This year Barnes & Noble plans to introduce two new versions of the nook e-reader, according to Gizmodo
. One is "nook lite," a wi-fi only version that will sell for $199; the other is nook 2, also known as Project Encore. In addition, a software update for the current nook reportedly includes a full browser.
Books-A-Million's investment in Yogurt Mountain, which it announced earlier this month (Shelf Awareness
, April 2, 2010), included a $3 million payment as well as commitment to a $1.5 million line of credit for the self-serve franchise that has two stores in Alabama, according to the Birmingham Business Journal
The line of credit runs through 2015. Proceeds from BAM's deal with Yogurt Mountain will be used for "new store growth capital requirements."
Fashion designer Marc Jacobs is apparently opening a bookstore in the West Village in New York City, in the longtime former site of the Biography Book Shop, racked
reported. The store is rumored to be called Book Marc and would be his sixth store in the area but first as a bookstore.
Biography Book Shop moved about eight blocks south on Bleecker Street last year and is now called Bookbook.
, Newton, Mass., which is moving the Lizard's Tale, its children's bookstore, back into the main bookstore (Shelf Awareness
, April 15, 2010), is converting the 1,300-sq.-ft. Lizard's Tale space in its building to a Used Book Annex, founded "by popular demand."
The bookstore said it is "primarily interested in fiction and mystery," wants "history, religion, travel writing (not travel guides), biography, memoir, language, philosophy, and psychology" and will carry paperbacks only.
Newtonville Books will pay 15% of the cover price in store credit only, which can be used for new as well as used books. The first buying date will be Saturday, May 1.
All day tomorrow McLean and Eakin
, Petoskey, Mich., celebrates having given more than $100,000 to local schools and organizations. The party includes games, prizes, snacks and raffles. Click here to see the store's video
about its 10% program.
In a story titled "Mr. Cinderella: From Rejection Notes to the Pulitzer," the New York Times
traces the lovely tale of the climb of Tinkers
by Paul Harding from multiple rejections and several years collecting dust in a drawer to Pulitzer fiction winner last week.
The story resembles sister publication Boston Globe
's piece last week, but with a little different emphasis. Noting the key roles played by Bellevue Literary Press's Erika Goldman and Consortium rep Lise Solomon, among others, the Times
also credited an independent bookseller: Michele Filgate, events manager at RiverRun Bookstore, Portsmouth, N.H. At a workshop given by Rebecca Sinkler, a former New York Times Book Review
editor and chair of this year's Pulitzer fiction jury, Filgate "first told" Sinkler about Tinkers
, which she loved.
The New York Times
also has a piece about how the New York City school system's recent change in purchasing trade books for classrooms has sidelined many longtime local vendors.
Once a decentralized process with as many as 100 suppliers, now the city's Department of Education buys trade books only from Ingram and the Booksource. (Textbooks are bought mainly direct from publishers. Library books are purchased from Baker & Taylor under a program modeled on the new trade book buying program.) The two companies promise savings of at least 30%.
Smaller suppliers were cut out of the bidding process by a requirement that vendors have annual sales of at least $5 million. Two of the smaller companies, Sussman Sales Company and Lois Sharzer Associates, have been working in partnership with Ingram and the Booksource, "serving as their local sales force."
The top two trade titles ordered by the school system are the Barron's test prep books for New York State's Regents exams on integrated algebra and U.S. history.
Penguin Group Australia is pulping and reprinting 7,000 copies of a new cookbook, Pasta Bible
, because of a typo that rendered the phrase "freshly ground black pepper" to read "freshly ground black people," the Sydney Morning Herald
Books are not being recalled, however. Noting that the proper phrase was in many of the book's recipes and that the offending phrase was likely a spell checker error, Penguin head of publishing Bob Sessions told the paper: "We're mortified that this has become an issue of any kind and why anyone would be offended, we don't know."
Book trailers of the day: Silent Scream
by Karen Rose and I Can See You
by Karen Rose (both from Grand Central).
"We don't sell
books to the highest bidder," Laura Hansen, owner of Bookin' It
bookstore, Little Falls, Minn., wrote in an "Open Letter to Book Lovers
from Your Local Bookstore" on her
page last week. "We don't tempt you with
rock bottom prices.
We do what booksellers have done for (hundreds of) years. We stock
books we love and books you can use. We listen to your needs, share your
delights, celebrate our community. We read just like you. These
days there are a lot of ways to distribute what is written and even more
ways to advertise than ever before. But the essential ingredients of
bookselling remain the same: an author, a publisher, a bookseller, a
never too early to start talking about beach reads. Entertainment Weekly
featured "18 Books We
Can't Wait to Read This Summer."