Congratulations! The winner of the inaugural Independent Spirit
bookstore award is the Toadstool Bookshops, which has stores in Keene,
Peterborough and Milford, N.H. Sponsored by the Book Publishers
Representatives of New England, the award was announced at the NEBA
show last weekend.
Suzette Ciancio, marketing manager, Addison-Wesley Professional and
Prentice Hall PTR, and president of BPRNE, said the association is
"pleased to honor one of the truly wonderful bookstores in New England.
Each of the stores in the Toadstool family has an outstanding staff of
booksellers. We feel collectively they represent what is best about the
business of bookselling in New England, and in general."
Cody's Books opens its San Francisco store a week from tomorrow. According to the San Francisco Chronicle
owner Andy Ross has refinanced his home and invested savings to create
the $3.5 million store, which measures 22,000 square feet and will
stock 150,000 titles. Ross told the Chronicle
that his two
Berkeley stores gross more than $6 million but that he hasn't had a
profit in two years. In reaction, he said, he could have cut staff and
shrunk the business, "but the other choice was to do something
radically different." Understandably he added, "I'm definitely nervous."
Pamela Aronson, owner of 16-year-old Pam's Paperbacks, Wilbraham,
Mass., offers a variety of incentives to keep customers returning to
the store, which stocks some 30,000 new and used books. Purchasers of
new books at full price receive a 50% discount on any used book. Used
books can be traded for other used books. And Aronson rents new
hardcovers for a week at used-book prices. Rentals are especially
popular in the summer when people have more time for reading, she told
the Springfield Republican
Here's a story that popped up yesterday, a day when the Wall Street Journal
ran a front-page feature about how retailers are putting more money into in-store advertising and marketing:
Borders and Waldenbooks have teamed up with Robert Sabuda, the
children's book illustrator whose Winter's Tale: An Original Pop-Up
(Little Simon) appears next week, for a holiday season in-store
promotion that will start November 1. "Larger-than-life pop-up scenes"
will depict, among
other things, a giant paper snowman, snowball fights, sledding and ice
skating. 3-D paper snowflakes as well as
paper doves will "fly" from store columns.
In addition, Borders and Walden
will sell several Sabuda products exclusively during the holidays, including a Sabuda-designed
set of paper pop-up ornaments from the Museum of Modern Art, a Sabuda
gift card and carrier featuring a pop-up snowman and a limited-edition
bear named Snowflake.
Ingram Library Services has appointed Michael D. Edwards director of
sales. He was formerly a senior account executive at Thomson Gale,
where he provided library consulting and electronic and reference
materials to public, academic and K-12 libraries.
Ingram Book Group has hired another trade fields sales rep. Eileen
Golinski will cover Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont and
promote Ingram's client publishers and its wholesale services.
Since 1998, Golinski has operated Golinski Book Service, representing
20 publishers and gift lines. Before that, she was a sales rep for
Thomason Book Sales (formerly Meyer Religious Book Sales) and was
manager of the Tau Book and Gift Shop.