Target will begin selling Amazon's Kindle electronic book
reader next Sunday at stores across the U.S. after it was test-marketed
in selected stores in Minnesota and Florida during April. AFP reported that "Target is the first
brick-and-mortar retailer to carry the Kindle, which Amazon has
previously sold only through its website."
"Response to Kindle
has been overwhelmingly positive," Target senior v-p Mark Schindele
The Independent Online Booksellers Association is protesting Amazon's "price parity policy" that requires booksellers on its site not to sell books for less elsewhere, the Bookseller reported.
In letters to government authorities in the U.K., France, Germany and the EU, the association, which represents 250 online book retailers, called the policy an "anti‐competitive measure by the dominant online marketplace for new and used books designed to undermine smaller competitor websites and even independent booksellers’ own websites." The association pointed out that costs for booksellers who sell on Amazon are higher than costs when selling from their own sites or others' sites.
In a front-page article today, the Wall Street Journal examined digital self-publishing, calling it "a technological disruption that's loosening traditional publishers' grip on the book market--and giving new power to technology companies like Amazon to shape which books and authors succeed."
The growth and low prices of many e-books as well as 70% royalty rates on many self-published authors' books on the Kindle and iPad are key parts of this development.
"It's a threat to publishers' control over authors," Richard Nash, formerly of Soft Skull Press and now head of Cursor Inc., told the paper. "It shows best-selling authors that there are alternatives--they can hire their own publicist, their own online marketing specialist, a freelance editor, and a distribution service."
No. 1 list of the day: the New Yorker's "20 Under 40" list, comprised of 20 writers under age 40 "worth watching," consist of "10 women and 10 men, satirists and modernists, from Miami and Ethiopia and Peru and Chicago," the New York Times wrote.
New Yorker editor David Remnick told the Times: "If they had too much in common, it would be really boring. This is not an aesthetic grouping. The group is a group of promise, enormous promise. There are people in there that are very conventional in their narrative approach, and there are people who have a big emphasis on voice. There are people who are in some way bringing you the news from another culture."
The list will appear in Monday's issue.
Jonathan Karp (l.), head of Hachette's Twelve imprint, will replace David Rosenthal as publisher of Simon & Schuster, according to multiple stories--and word from S&S authors.
Rosenthal has been with S&S for more than a decade.
During the past year, the story of Linden Tree
Children's Recordings & Books, Los Altos, Calif., which had a
"cliff-hanging, final chapter under owners Dennis and Linda Ronberg,
ends on a happy note," according to the Town Crier, which reported: "In a tanking
economy, the Ronbergs' July 2009 announcement that their bookstore at
170 State St. was for sale prompted no prince to step forward to save
it. By year's end, the Ronbergs had all but given up hope the store's
legacy would continue."
The happy ending occurred when longtime
customers Dianne Edmonds and Jill Curcio entered the tale. "For me, it
was when I saw the story in the Town Crier," Edmonds said. "At
that point, it was, 'How sad.' I thought, if someone is going to carry
this on, they have to know what to do from a business side."
who has a background in corporate finance and inventory management,
teamed up Curcio, who had established the library at her
children's school and worked several years researching and purchasing
"I would never have considered it to do on my own,"
Edmonds said. "Dennis and Linda will always be here in spirit,
if not here physically. We want to preserve their legacy."
idea of the day: Bakersfield.com reported that Russo's Books
has sold hundreds of Eat. Sleep. Read. T-shirts "to the local
book-loving community" and is inviting customers to come to the bookshop
this Saturday "wearing an Eat. Sleep. Read. T-shirt and you will be
entered into a drawing to win a $50 gift certificate, a free Eat. Sleep.
Read. tote, a paperback book ($10 max), and you get your choice of two
Advanced Readers copies." At 3 p.m., Russo's will take a group picture
of everyone wearing their Eat. Sleep. Read. T-shirts, which will also be
available for purchase for those who don't have one yet.
your T-shirt, participate in everything!" Russo's advises. "Don't wear
your T-shirt, and the world will laugh at you. This is going to be a day
of fun. Come rub shoulders with other Bakersfield book lovers, pick up a
few of your summer reads, meet that quirky guy that posts on the
Russo's Books Facebook page, and enjoy that atmosphere that only a local
bookstore can provide."
Cool Hay Festival idea of
the day: The Guardian asked, "What does it take to bag a
book bargain? In the first of our Hay festival bookshop challenges,
Andrew Dickson packed artist Grayson Perry off with a tenner to the Hay
Cinema Bookshop to see what he could find on the shelves."
Fast Company featured a "Guide to E-Readers"
and concluded that the best device "for bookworms" is the "Lumiread,
Acer's Kindle-esque e-reader, which should be out next month." Their
verdict on Apple's world-conquering device? "Best if you're not that
into books: All right, I'm going to say it--the iPad."
NYU Local has pictures of the new NYU Bookstore, which opened yesterday at 726 Broadway at Waverly Place in New York City. The store has a Think Coffee cafe, a "fine gifts" counter and a "kids' corner," among other new amenities.
Price cut for the Nook: through the end of June, buyers of the Barnes
& Noble e-reader, whose basic price is $259, receive a $50 B&N
Book trailer of the day: Shadow Boxers edited by John Gattuso, foreword by Joe Frazier (Stone Creek). Originally published in 2005, the title is being relaunched for Father's Day.