diagnoses the bookselling phenomenon Natural Cures 'They' Don't Want You to Know About
(Alliance Publishing, $29.95, 0975599518), the self-published book
released in late June by Kevin Trudeau that would be the bestselling
book at the moment except for young Harry Potter.
book debunks regulators, drugmakers and marketers for promoting and
monitoring what the author calls harmful foods and medications. A convicted
felon, former used-car salesperson and barred from hawking products and
services (but not books) on TV, Trudeau has spent millions on
infomercials for the book, some of which feature Tammy Faye Messner.
Our former colleague Jim Milliot, senior editor of business and news at Publishers Weekly
, told USA Today
that the book could be the bestselling self-published book ever. "It sold
1.5 million copies in July. He's tapped into something. People are
looking for alternative advice."
Nicole Brodeur in the Seattle Times
mourns the closing of two Seattle bookstores: Madison Park Books and
Beyond the Closet Bookstore. She particularly regrets the end of the latter, "the
city's only gay/lesbian bookstore," which opened in 1988. Owner Ron
Whiteaker told her, "Customers used to come in from Boise [Idaho] and plunk
down $100 because they couldn't find this stuff in their own community."
Now, of course, much of that material is relatively easy to find in
stores and on the Internet--and at discounts that Whiteaker said he
If the academic year is about to begin, it's time for many stories
about textbook prices, even in general-interest newspapers. The Kansas City News
offers one that offers tips on saving money.
By the way, the General Accounting Office report on textbook prices could be made public any day.
The Lansing State Journal
profiles Jamie Robinson, owner of Bestsellers Bookstore & Coffee
Co., Mason, Mich., since 2001. She told the paper, "I love stories
about real, true-life people--generally an uplifting book."
After years of trying to lure a bookstore to the primarily Latino South
Side of San Antonio, Tex., community groups are celebrating the
anniversary of the opening of a Waldenbooks in the South Park Mall. The
San Antonio Express-News
marked the occasion with an editorial about "preconceived notions" and
remarked that "bookstore patrons are now lobbying for expansion of the
Bern Marcowitz and Margot Rosenberg, owners of Dog Lovers Bookshop and authors of The Care and Feeding of Books Old and New: A Simple Repair Manual for Book Lovers
(St. Martin's Griffin, $13.95, 0312326033), have begun running a
monthly column on Biblio.com's Collector's Connection. They offer
advice on simple ways to protect, clean and repair old and new books
and incorporate ideas suitable for dealers and collectors to increase
the value of their books.
Marcowitz and Rosenberg also serve as
marketing consultants to Brodart Book Supplies Division. For more
information: firstname.lastname@example.org or 212-696-9663.