The ABA's Winter Institute, a wildly successful experiment held in
January in Long Beach, Calif., will return next year and be held in
Portland, Ore., Thursday and Friday, February 1-2, Bookselling This Week
reported. The Institute will have two full days of free educational
programming for owners and staff of ABA members stores; enrollment will
be limited to 500.
In other ABA news, the Hotel ABA, which in a few years has become a
focus of BEA for many booksellers, will be located next year in
downtown Brooklyn, according to Bookselling This Week
ABA COO Oren Teicher explained the move by noting that the best
available hotel prices in midtown Manhattan would be twice that of
previous Hotel ABAs. The hotel will offer the usual special receptions, a
welcome desk, the delivery of ARCs, lots of publisher swag and other amenities.
Disanji Bookstore opened yesterday in Beijing and is the largest bookstore in China's capital, according to the China Daily
The four-story store stocks 300,000 books in 215,000 square feet of
space. There are "bamboo-made couches at every corner." One customer
told the paper "she feels like she's in a library."
For anyone who had trouble ordering from or simply trying to reach the
Haworth Press, Binghampton, N.Y., recently, rest assured that the
company is back in business after being closed a week, through July 5,
because of the flooding that affected much of the mid-Atlantic area.
Haworth lost "about 25 offices in our building's basement along with
all of our printed catalogs, direct mail pieces, etc.," according to
sales and publicity manager Margaret Tatich. Communications systems
were down, too, but now the company is fully operational, its offices
are temporarily relocated, all systems are working and orders are being
fulfilled. The press has an account of the flood and pictures on its Web site
Barnes & Noble plans to open a new store in August 2007 in
Burlington, N.C. The store will stock nearly 200,000 books, music, DVD
and magazine titles and will be located at 1311 Boone Station Drive in
the Alamance Crossing Shopping Center.
Managed by Barnes & Noble, the bookstore at Grambling State
University, Grambling, La., is reopening at the end of July in a new
location, according to the Gramblinite
(which proudly states that it reports rather than makes the news). The
paper wrote: "The new bookstore will be smaller, but a pleasant
atmosphere with scroll carpet, superior displays, wood flooring, and a
window just for buyback refunds."
The Toronto Star
profiles Abebooks, the online bookselling marketplace, on its 10th
anniversary, and explains why the majority owner of an Internet giant
located in Victoria, B.C., is German media company Burda.
The Worcester Telegram
profiles Nancy M. Bassett, who in April opened the children's bookstore Once Upon a Storybook in April in Holden, Mass.
Bassett become a bookseller much earlier than originally planned. As
she was about to receive a bachelor of science degree in library
sciences and information technology, she learned she had breast cancer.
She is 95% cured, she said; the experience motivated her to realize her
ultimate dream of owning a children's bookstore. As she has conceived
the store, the paper wrote, it is a place "where children learn to
interact with stories through songs, activities and her animated
reading of the stories" and "where parents select wonderful stories
with beautiful illustrations that draw children to them over and over
The White County Literacy Council has opened a used bookstore, The
Second Time Around--Books, Etc., in Searcy, Ark., according to the Searcy Daily Citizen
Most paperbacks are priced at a nostalgic 25 cents, and romance novels
are two for two bits. "We're selling them for next to nothing," Ann
Nieto, executive director of the Literacy Council, told the paper. "It
will be nice to make money for the Literacy Council, but the primary
mission is to keep these books circulating."
Once again, the New Atlantic Independent Booksellers Association
sponsoring an essay contest for employees of NAIBA member bookstores.
The winner of the "Declare Your Independence" contest, who will write
about "why it is
important to be an independent bookseller," will be NAIBA's bookseller
of the year and win a trip to the NAIBA show in September and one year
of association membership for the member store.