Notes: New York to Review Nexus Again; Justice Buys Store
Yesterday New York Governor Eliot Spitzer indicated that he is seeking legislative approval "to clarify what constitutes nexus for online retailers selling to New York State residents," Bookselling This Week reported. "The provision, which is contained in the state's Executive Budget-Briefing Book, stipulates that online retailers that have certain selling activities in the state, such as Amazon.com, should be required to collect and remit sales tax for sales made in New York State."
The American Booksellers Association applauded the proposal. COO Oren Teicher commented: "If approved, this provision would play a significant role in leveling the playing field for all the state's businesses and help secure needed revenue to support essential local services."
Last year, Governor Spitzer had planned to put a measure into effect on December 7 that would have forced e-tailers with nexus in New York State--in Amazon's case, its affiliates--to collect sales tax on purchases made from New York, but backed down during a bleak period for him politically (Shelf Awareness, November 16, 2007).
Congratulations to Kelly Justice, who has bought the Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, Va., where she has been manager since 2000. She bought the store from Louise "Boo" Smythe and Jim Smythe.
In an e-mail to the Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance listserv, Justice wrote:
"For those of you who have quietly encouraged and helped me out with this and kept it to yourselves until I was ready, I thank you for that time.
"For those who have been an inspiration to me through the last 19 years of bookselling for other owners, I appreciate it.
"For those of you who wish to send congratulations now, they can be forwarded to my padded cell."
Justice celebrated in style last night with a store event co-sponsored with River City Cellars featuring a wine tasting and an appearance by Ferenc Mate, whose new book is A Vineyard in Tuscany: A Wine Lover's Dream (Albatross, $24.95, 9780920256565/0920256562).
Effective immediately, Gary E. Baker has become v-p, IT delivery services, at Borders Group. Baker has been director, IT transformation services, at AlixPartners. Earlier he worked at EDS for five years and was managing director and process executive, General Motors global purchasing and supply chain and global business services. He has also worked at Arthur Andersen and started both a technology and an investment company. He is co-host of the Internet Advisor program on local radio WJR 760 AM.
Lori Glazer has been promoted to v-p, executive director of publicity for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's trade and reference division. She was formerly v-p, executive director of publicity, at Houghton Mifflin, where she has worked for 17 years.