Emory University's new bookstore opened this week and offers more space for books, Emory gear and "dormitory material" and boasts a children's corner, a computer store specializing in Apple products and as well as "the largest on-campus Starbucks in the nation," according to the Emory Wheel, the student newspaper for the Atlanta, Ga., school.
Managed by Barnes & Noble, the bookstore is at the edge of the campus, which is intended to make it "a bridge from Emory to the rest of the community," Bruce Covey, senior director of technical services at Emory, told the paper. "It brings two communities together in a natural, organic way
The building is environmentally friendly.
The New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association is presenting Carla Cohen and Barbara Meade, owners of Politics and Prose, Washington, D.C., with its Legacy Award at its annual banquet, Wednesday, September 21, in Atlantic City, N.J., during NAIBA's fall conference.
NAIBA said in part that Cohen and Meade "have been widely recognized for building an independent book store of distinction. Politics and Prose, under their leadership, celebrates the reading of books and the dissemination of ideas without fear or favor....
"The bookstore is inextricably tied to the Washington community, reflecting the character of the community's interest in discussion and debate on everything political, both national and international and the community's far-ranging interests from art to cuisine, philosophy to history to a wide variety of fiction.
"The richness of the P&P experience lies also in its unique relationship with authors and publishers, conducting book groups and hosting author talks that facilitate relationships among books, the authors and their audiences. What could be more important to the concept of freedom and a true marketplace of ideas than a bookstore that challenges us to expand our knowledge through the introduction of new ideas, discussion and debate?"
Former President George W. Bush will begin promoting his new book, Decision Points
(Crown), on November 8 with a prime-time, hour-long interview on NBC
with Matt Lauer, and "other media interviews and a book tour are in the
works," according to the Wall Street Journal. Decision Points will be published November 9, a week after the midterm elections.
The book, the Journal
wrote, discusses "14 major decisions by Mr. Bush during his life and
White House tenure. Among them, according to several people who have
seen the manuscript: backing the bailout of the nation's financial
system, enacting billions of dollars in tax cuts, limiting the use of
human embryonic stem cells, and building up troops in Iraq for the
R.J. Julia Booksellers' books for troops program resulted in the Madison, Conn., store sending nine cartons of books worth nearly $2,000 to U.S. servicepeople in Afghanistan. The store noted, "We heard from many of you with relatives or friends over there, and donated books in their name. And lots of you sent thank you notes along with the books--thank you." The store plans to repeat the program "closer to the holidays."
Book trailer of the day: Reckless by Cornelia Funke (Little, Brown Books for Young Readers), which will be published worldwide on September 14.
In an article disseminated via both mass-produced newspaper technology and digitally, the Wall Street Journal investigated the world of print on demand in bookstores and as used by publishers and wholesalers. Interquest estimates the number of books printed digitally is about 4% but should grow to 15% by 2015.
Bookstores, the Journal wrote, "are finding a market for titles printed in small custom batches." One example is Oscar's Art Books in Vancouver, B.C., which has an Espresso Book Machine and has sold some 1,500 books printed on it since March. "Of course, the fun is being able to watch their book being made," Oscar's manager Barry Bechta said, adding that "people congregate around the machine to watch books print."
Xerox Corp., Eastman Kodak and others are making short run digital printers, which are in demand from publishers that want to improve inventory management. And Ingram's Lightning Source POD service is used by many accounts up and down the supply chain.
Amazon's penchant for withholding Kindle sales numbers while touting the e-reader's sales was examined by PCWorld.com, which asked IDC mobile device analyst Susan Kevorkian for her take on the strategy.
are a variety of reasons," Kevorkian said. "Short term, Amazon's policy
means that Kindle won't get directly, and quite possibly unfavorably,
compared to iPad in terms of shipments as the iPad grows in popularity
and cannibalizes the e-reader market."
Amazon's Kindle strategy, according to PCWorld.com,
is to distribute digital content to a wide range of devices from
multiple vendors and on multiple platforms. "This strategy has taken
shape over the past several months with the launch of Kindle apps for a
variety of devices that extend the Kindle experience well beyond the
dedicated Kindle device," Kevorkian observed.
suggested that "perhaps Kindle hardware sales stats aren't all that
relevant, particularly since Amazon's e-book strategy appears to be
working. Still, it'd be nice to see some numbers alongside those
'fastest-selling ever' claims."
The main speakers at the Book Industry Study Group's annual meeting
on Friday, September 24, in New York City include opening keynoter
Maureen McMahon, president and publisher, Kaplan Publishing, whose talk
is titled "BISG: Alternative Abbreviations," and closing keynoter David
"Skip" Prichard, president and CEO of Ingram Content Group, who will
talk about "Ensuring That 'the Book' Will Survive."
speakers are Scott Lubeck, executive director of BISG, who will discuss
"Improving the Ratio of Signal to Noise for an Industry in
Transformation"; David Jolliffe, v-p, cross media publishing services,
Pearson Canada, who will talk about "the Next Chapter in Educational
Publishing"; and Kate Wilson, founder of Nosy Crow.
For more information, go to bisg.org.
Tomorrow is International Read Comics in Public Day,
the founders of which recommend that people "take to the streets. Be
proud. If someone asks what you’re reading, say, 'a comic book' (the
phrase 'graphic novel' is also acceptable, but let's face it, it sort of
defeats the whole purpose). Heck, lend them a book, if you've got an
extra--what better way to make a new friend and convert a new reader?"
Australian bookseller Therese Holland, owner of McLeods Books, wrote about the "Chaotic Quirkiness" of her used bookshop on the Bookseller Blog:
"Second hand bookshop owners do seem to have a reputation for being ill
humored. As to why real second hand book shop owners are eccentric and
crochety I blame the customers--and the books."
Ian Stewart, author and "a serious and respectable mathematician," explained in the Guardian why he chooses to attend the Discworld
convention at a Birmingham airport hotel "in the company of 800
committed sci-fi fans.... The answer is that I enjoy spending time in
the company of the highly intelligent devotees of Sir Terry Pratchett's
brand of humorous fantasy.... Terry's books tread the boundary where
science fiction merges into fantasy. Only Terry would ask what the tooth
fairy wants all those teeth for."
Melanie Chang has been promoted to v-p and executive director of publicity at Little, Brown Books for Young Readers. She joined the company in 2007.
Effective September 1, Sara Zick is joining the Little, Brown Books for Young Readers publicity group as associate director, a new position. She was previously the publicity manager at the Penguin Young Readers Group.