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100 Authors Sign Books to Help Boost Holiday Sales at Barnes & Noble

barnes-noble-logo11 (1)Barnes & Noble asked 100 authors to sign 5,000 copies of their latest books. Some of the participants include The Goldfinch author Donna Tartt, Inferno novelist Dan BrownFifty Shades of Grey trilogy writer E. L. JamesHumans of New York blogger Brandon Stanton, and children’s book creator Jeff Kinney.

These 500,000 autographed books will be made available at Barnes & Noble’s 650+ brick-and-mortar locations. The data from the previous two holiday seasons show that the retailer’s sales figures have been in decline for both the digital store and physical shops.

Here’s more from The New York Times: “Drawing customers into its physical stores has become an urgent priority for Barnes & Noble. The chain has been battered in recent years by competition from Amazon and by a sluggish book market. It has closed more than 20 stores since summer 2013 and will spin off its money-losing Nook division into a separate company next year…Some authors said they hoped the new campaign would help the struggling chain.”

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NOOK Launches The B&N Sync Up! Program

nookNOOK Media LLC has announced the launch of B&N Sync Up! The executives have curated a selection of paperbacks for this new in-store program.

Customers who buy one of these books can purchase the NOOK eBook edition of that same title for $4.99. The price for the digital copy has been reduced by 70%. Some of the books that have been made available through B&N Sync Up! include Doctor Sleep by Stephen King, The Secret Life of Bees by Sue Monk Kidd, and Life of Pi by Yann Martel.

Here’s more from the press release: “The B&N Sync Up! program was created to offer Barnes & Noble customers the convenience of owning both print and digital formats of a great book at a great value with the benefit of being able to easily gift one or both of the versions to a friend or family for the holidays. Now customers can read and enjoy the same books together with their loved ones. The eBook version can be read on any NOOK device and on a multitude of smartphones and tablets via the free NOOK Reading App (available at www.nookapp.com).”

PEN American Center to Auction Off Special Annotated Books From 61 Authors

61 authors and 14 artists have made annotations to some of their most beloved works for the First Editions/Second Thoughts (FEST) auction. The funds from this venture will benefit the PEN American Center.

The writers added in features to first edition copies of their books such as notes, essays, sketches, photos, and letters to the reader. The artists had a choice of re-making either a monograph or an important art piece.

All of the artwork and annotated books will be put on public display at Christie’s New York starting November 17th. The auction itself will take place on December 2nd.

The New York Times has an exclucisve video starring Robert A. Caro, Paul Auster, and Jane Smiley who talk about the experience of re-reading their own books (embedded above). Click here to watch another video for more details about the auction event.

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Diversion Books Launches the EverAfter Romance Online Bookstore

ea logoDiversion Books has launched a new online bookstore exclusively dedicated to the romance genre. The organizers behind EverAfter Romance have developed a free app available for download on both iOS and Android mobile devices.

Seth Kaufman, the head of the marketing and PR team, gave this statement in the press release: “One of our goals is to help partners get their eBooks in front of a truly dedicated audience. So we feature titles from all leading romance publishers, including Harlequin, Avon, Kensington, Forever, Samhain, and Ellora’s Cave, and we sell everyone from Nora Roberts, E.L. James, and Georgette Heyer to Sylvia Day, Nalini Singh, and Debbie Macomber. But we also want to create space to sell new authors and titles.”

Consumers will be able to choose from over 100,000 titles through this shop. The app will give alerts about recommendations, flash sales, and free eBooks. To celebrate the launch, romantic fiction readers who download the app and register for an account will receive a free digital copy of Alessandra Torre’s novel, Sex Love Repeat.

Out of Print Has Donated 1 Million Books

Out of PrintOut of Print has donated 1,000,000 books through their charity partner Books For Africa. Five years have pass since Todd Lawton and Jeffrey LeBlanc started the company. The co-founders posted a thank you letter on the organization’s blog.

Here’s an excerpt: ”Out of Print started as a small idea that has grown to do big things thanks to our wonderful customers, partners and friends. You are our inspiration. Your passion for books keeps us going, and this community makes us more excited than ever to be bookworms.”

Two NYC Bookstores Will Close

posman booksTwo New York City-based bookshops will cease operations

Barnes & Noble will close the branch located in the Fresh Meadows neighborhood on January 31, 2015. The Queens Courier reports that ”a lease agreement between the owner and the store was scrapped.” Many members of the community have expressed great sadness over this situation.

Posman Books will close the branch located inside Grand Central Terminal on December 31, 2014. According to The Gothamist, this decision was made because the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) refuses to renew the store’s lease. The owners have posted a “heartful thank you and farewell” letter on the Posman Books website; follow this link to read it.

Richard L. Simon’s Unpublished Manuscript is For Sale

simonschusterlogoRichard L. Simon, the co-founder of Simon & Schuster, wrote a memoir entitled Fools Give You Reasons.

This 84-page unpublished book focuses on the history and practice of the American publishing industry. Simon discusses topics such as “who reads fiction and why?” and “the effect of television on book buying in America.”

The James Cummins Bookseller currently has a typed up copy on sale for $5,000. Our sister blog, FishbowlNY, predicts that despite the steep price tag “someone is bound (pun intended) to snap up the manuscript.” Follow this link to see a scan of the foreword page.

Barnes & Noble Will Not Shut Down Its Only Branch in The Bronx

barnes_and_noble_logoThe Barnes & Noble at Bay Plaza will not close. This branch, opened in 1999, is the first and only bookstore within the Bronx in New York City.

The Observer reports that executives at Barnes & Noble and Prestige Properties & Development (the landlord for this store) signed a two-year lease extension agreement which dictates that the price of rent will not be raised. According to David Deason, the vice president of real estate, the initial decision to shut down operations at this store was made because of concerns about a rent increase. Ruben Diaz Jr., the Bronx Borough President, helped to oversee the negotiations.

Here’s more from The New York Times: “Stephen B. Kaufman, who was a state assemblyman from the Bronx in the 1990s, said he led the three-year community effort to bring Barnes & Noble to the borough after he tired of traveling to Manhattan or Westchester County for his books. Barnes & Noble mostly ignored the entreaties, he recalled, until he and other organizers took their campaign public with petitions that garnered thousands of signatures and contentious news conferences in which they called the chain ‘Barnes & Ignoble.’” What are your predictions about the future of brick-and-mortar bookstores? (via Bustle)

Editor’s Note: This story was updated as the story evolved.

Indies First Launches The Upstream Initiative

Indies FirstThe organizers behind the Indies First campaign are launching a new initiative called Upstream. The team asks that participating writers sign copies of their books and have them be sold at the independent bookstores of their choice.

Daniel Handler (a.k.a. Lemony Snicket) has posted a message to his colleagues imploring them to take part. He also encourages authors to promote this program. Here’s an excerpt from Handler’s letter:

“Will Upstream rescue us all from strife and worry? Of course not. But the hope is that it will remind both authors and booksellers of their local, less monolithic resources, and to improve general esprit de corps at a disheartening time.”

Shakespeare and Company Profiled in a ‘Super Soul Sunday’ Short Film

Shakespeare and Company has been profiled in an Oprah’s Super Soul Sunday short film. We’ve embedded the entire piece in the video above—what do you think? Past patrons of the famous Parisian independent bookstore include Ezra Pound, Ernest Hemingway, and James Joyce.

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