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Hachette Chief: ‘New York is No Longer a Bookstore City’

Julie Bosman‘s disheartening NYT look at the dwindling number of Manhattan bookstores is a Dickens of a downer. In this tale of two cities, the best-times scenario has been gradually giving way to a bookworm’s worst nightmare.

RizzoliBookstoreLogoThe Rizzoli and Bank Street bookstores are scrambling to find new digs; state data shows a 30% drop in NYC bookstore locations between 2000 and 2012. There are also depressing quotes from lifelong New Yorker/author Robert Caro and a book industry big wig:

With the closing of several Barnes & Noble and Borders stores, it is difficult to shop for new books in Midtown, the same neighborhood that houses Hachette Book Group, HarperCollins, Simon & Schuster and much of Penguin Random House.

“There are some great bookstores, but there aren’t a lot of them,” said Michael Pietsch, the chief executive of Hachette. “Compared to other cities, New York is no longer a bookstore city.”

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Novelist Andrea Cremer Chose Veronica Mars Over a Summer Vacation

The best part of Dave Itzkoff’s look at the forthcoming crowd-funded Veronica Mars movie are the personal details about some of the film’s high-end Kickstarter donors.

One guy, Cyrus Chung, is described by his wife Ina in the article as being more excited on-set in Los Angeles as a Veronica Mars extra than he was on their wedding day! The couple ponied up $3,000 for that privilege. Meanwhile, Andrea Cremer, author of the popular Young Adult novel series Nightshade, made a personal sacrifice when she pledged $2,500:

“It’s a big chunk of money,” Ms. Cremer said. “I was planning on going on vacation this summer, and it was like, well, either vacation budget or Veronica Mars.”

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New York Times’ Juliet Macur to Pen Book on Lance Armstrong

Juliet Macur, the sports reporter for The New York Times who has been on top of all things Lance Armstrong, is now going long on the cyclist. According to The New York Post, Macur signed a book deal with HarperCollins, rumored to be in the six figures. The book on Armstrong is titled Cycle of Lies: The Fall of Lance Armstrong.

Cycle of Lies will prove definitively that his [Armstrong] extraordinary career had nothing to do with the bike,” David Hirshey, HarperCollins’ executive editor, told the Post.

Macur’s book is expected to hit shelves next summer. Maybe Armstrong will sign a copy!

Rock Center Debut | HarperCollins Acquistion | Kardashians Done

Talking Digital Publishing On The Menu

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Today’s media-bistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast started off strong with some serious talk about digital publishing, Amazon.com’s Kindle and e-book publishing strategies.

Hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven kicked off the show with a discussion about the Kindle’s upcoming debut in the U.K.

“If they can get this global footprint…I think it’s going to be a really big moment for Kindle and Amazon,” Jason said. “It’s just going to exist all over the world and it’s going to be hard to replace that.”

Next was a discussion about the news that the release of Sarah Palin‘s e-book will be delayed until December 26, even as the pub date of her memoir, Going Rogue was pushed up earlier this week. According to Jason, the publisher’s hope is that Conservative Christians who backed Palin during the election will buy the book for Christmas and then the electronic version — which is usually priced lower than the hard copy version at around $9.99 — will debut after the holidays. “By withholding this digital version, [publisher HarperCollins] is just ducking this whole issue of how much should it cost,” Jason said. Jason also compared this technique to the releasing of a DVD after a movie has a run in movie theaters.

However, Matt pointed out that environmentalists will probably not be very happy with this decision. But, were environmentalists going to buy Palin’s book either way?

Also discussed: Dan Rather‘s suit against CBS was dismissed yesterday and “Jon & Kate Plus 8″ will now become “Kate Plus 8″ and focus on Kate Gosselin‘s struggles as a single mom.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

Digital Book Publishing, Gawker’s Revenues and Ashton Kutcher On The Menu

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Today on the media- bistro.com Morning Media Menu podcast, hosts Jason Boog of GalleyCat and AgencySpy‘s Matt Van Hoven were joined by AgencySpy co-editor Kiran Aditham to discuss the day’s big media headlines.

Jason opened the show with a discussion about HarperCollins‘ appointment of an editorial director of digital. “It’s sign that major publishers are realizing that there is going to be a large market for this and that’s where things are going,” Jason said. “It’s kind of exciting to see the new push and it’s at a time where the publishing industry is cutting back on everything…but here is something that is actually growing. I think its encouraging.”

Also discussed: Gawker‘s growing revenues and Fleshbot‘s contribution to the company’s bottom line and Ashton Kutcher‘s Twitter presentation at Fortune‘s technology conference last week.

You can listen to all the past podcasts at BlogTalkRadio.com/mediabistro and call in at 646-929-0321.

Dr. Nancy Snyderman To Host MSNBC Show|HarperCollins’ Revenue Declines|Google Could Save Journalism|CNBC Host Mad Over Kindle DX|Toby Young Hit By Car

TVNewser: NBC News chief medical editor, and author of “Medical Myths That Can Kill You,” Dr. Nancy Snyderman will anchor an MSNBC midday show focusing on health issues starting next month.

GalleyCat: HarperCollins’ revenue was down 20 percent last quarter.

MediaJobsDaily: Is Google good for journalism?

Silicon Alley Insider: CNBC’s Michelle Caruso-Cabrera is “furious” over the new Kindle DX — because she just bought a Kindle2.

Huffington Post: Former Vanity Fair contributing editor, author and “Top Chef” judge Toby Young was hit by a car and knocked off his bike in London. It looks like he’s going to be okay, but the picture of his face is kind of gruesome.

Judith Regan | Martha Stewart | CIA | News Corp.’s Newsday Fetish

  • HarperCollins L.A. Staffers: Still sifting through Judith Regan‘s stuff months after her firing. [Rush and Molloy]
  • Martha Stewart: “I spend a lot of time nurturing creativity, thanks to the SEC.” [WWD]
  • Why New Corp.: Wants Newsday. [Forbes]
  • CIA: Recruiting via Facebook. [Wired]
  • New Deals: For Law & Order: SVU stars. [Variety]
  • Flavor Flav: Transcends satire. [NY Press]
  • State of the Union: In HD. [Gizmodo via TVNewser]

If We Did It … It Would Have Been Done A Month Ago

jregan011507.jpgGalleyCat has this delightful bit of schadenfreude: HarperCollins is deleting the ReganBooks name and logo and will close the LA office on March 1.

OJ Simpson didn’t kill Judith Regan’s imprint — she did plenty to seal that coffin herself. But his imaginary confession “tell-all” didn’t help.

An interim logo, HC, will appear on Regan books through this summer, after which the list will be reassigned to existing Harper imprints.

From GalleyCat:

“Publishers Marketplace adds that many LA staffers, including Cal Morgan, executive managing editor/senior editor Cassie Jones; marketing director Gregg Sullivan; and senior art director Richard Ljoenes will return to New York and join the Harper staff there. Suzanne Wickham will stay on in LA as publicity director.”