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James Patterson: Best Friend to Indie Bookshops

jamesPattersonIn the UK and Ireland, 73 indie booksellers are feeling the luck o’ the Irish and the great good will of mega-bestselling author James Patterson.

Taking a page from his 2013 announcement to give a cool $1 mil to independent bookstores around the U.S. to help keep print reading and indies alive, Patterson has extended his sharing of the green across the pond, pledging to donate £250,000 (approximately $406,000) to bookshops in the UK.

In his first round of grants, more than £130,000 (approximately $211,120) was given to 73 bookshops in the UK and Ireland. Eligible were any bookshops with a dedicated children’s book section, and 183 applied. Grants ranged from £250 ($406) to £5,000 ($8,120).

Speaking to The Bookseller, Patterson said:

“I have been completely overwhelmed by just how many people have applied for the grants and impressed and enthused by the caliber of the applications. It’s been a very difficult decision process and I have worked to identify independent bookshops for whom this money may make a difference. I’m excited to follow their progress and see the proposed ideas in action.” Read more

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Rizzoli Bookstore to Reopen in New Location

rizzoliAfter shutting its doors in April, the storied New York City bookstore Rizzoli will reopen its doors next spring in a new location.

The Rizzoli Bookstore will be located near Madison Square Park at 1133 Broadway at 26th Street. The store will be located in a  5,000 square foot retail space in the Beaux-Arts Saint James building.

“For fifty-plus years the Rizzoli bookstore in New York City has attracted the discerning consumer of erudite,beautifully produced volumes on art, design, interiors, fashion, as well as literature, and important non-fiction books,” stated Laura Donnini, CEO of RCS Libri’s book division, the store’s parent company. “Based on extensive market research in advance of the re-opening, we expect this customer—both New York-based, and visiting from all points national and international—to embrace the 21st centuryversion of their favorite bookstore.”

Kensington Publishing Teams With Books-A-Million on eBooks

kensington 200Kensington Publishing Corp. has formed a new partnership with book retailer Books-A-Million to launch a new program which will bring digital titles to print for the first time.

Through the Lyrical High Notes program, select titles from the publisher’s digital imprint will be published as special edition trade paperbacks for sale for a limited period exclusively at Books-A-Million. The books will cost $12.95 each.

The new program will kick off in November 2014 with three bestsellers, which were previously only available as eBooks. Titles include:  Consumed by Rebecca Zanetti, Shadowed by Rebecca Zanetti and Playing the Game by M. Q. Barber. In January 2015, the Lyrical High Notes will put out two new titles: Crossing the Line by M.Q. Barber and Better than Perfect by Kristina Mathews. Beginning in February 2015, the program will release one new title per month for the rest of the year.

 

Mary Jane Karwoski & Annie Philbrick Join Binc Foundation Board

BInCLogos4Booksellers Mary Jane Karwoski and Annie Philbrick has joined the Book Industry Charitable (Binc) Foundation’s Board of Directors.

Karwoski is currently Vice President of Human Resources for Books-A-Million, as well as president of the company’s charitable foundation the Associate Assistance Fund. “I am delighted to be joining the Board of the Binc Foundation, knowing how it has helped and supported people within the book industry for years,” stated Karwoski. “I look forward to learning, and to making a contribution as a board member.”

Philbrick is an indie bookseller, the owner of Bank Square Books in Mystic, CT. She is on the board of the American Booksellers Association and has also served on the NEIBA Advisory Council for two years and was NEIBA President for the past two years. “Binc played a major role in our store’s survival after a Tropical Storm Sandy and has helped our booksellers with financial support and academic scholarships,” stated Philbrick. “I am therefore thrilled to serve on the Board and contribute in any way I can in return for their continued support. They are a generous organization in the book industry.”

Phaidon Acquires Artspace

phaidon_logoArt book publisher and distributor Phaidon has acquired Artspace Marketplace, an online site that sells fine art, in a deal whose terms were not disclosed.

“We are thrilled with the investment in Artspace. We look forward to enriching the experience of our audience and expanding our reach through new initiatives, including retail presence, product development, and the joint creation of original content,” stated Keith Fox, CEO of Phaidon.

Through the acquisition, Phaidon will expand its relationship with art collectors, who presumably also buy art books. Artspace will gain access to Phaidon’s global distribution and retail presence, helping to expand its reach in the art world.

 

San Francisco Book Store Creates Reddit Book Recommendation Wall

redditbookwallReddit’s book thread is a great place online to discover new books and engage in discussions about books with other readers.

Reddit user Severitis has taken inspiration from the site and used it to curate a wall of books at the small bookstore that she works at in San Francisco.

Check it out: “Inspired by u/Loveandtattoos AskReddit thread “Which book changed your life after you read it, and how?”, I created a wall display in my small bookstore in San Francisco! Featured are just some of the books discussed in the thread, including some of the users’ comments on how specific books have changed their lives. The books featured are only those for which I received permission to display from the original commenter.”

Strand Book Store to Push Front List Sales With New Book Club

strandStrand Book Store is gearing up to launch a Signed First Editions Club, a subscription service that will help the store expand its front list inventory.

“Strand has long been known as a destination for used and discounted books,” stated Carson Moss, the store’s frontlist book buyer. “In recent years, we’ve experienced strong growth in frontlist sales and we’re confident that our first editions club will provide our customers with books of merit that will add lasting value to their personal libraries.”

The service, which rolls out in October, offers customers to opportunity to receive signed new releases of first editions. The books will be distributed every four to six weeks. There will be three different categories available for readers to subscribe to: Adult First Editions (fiction or non-fiction), Young Adult First Editions (fiction), and Art/Photography First Editions. Each subscription will carry its own cost.

The program launches with the Adult subscription with Colm Tòibìn’s novel Nora Webster.

 

France Bans Free Shipping on Discounted Books Online

franceFrance has passed a new law which prevents online booksellers from offering free shipping on discounted books.

The New York Times has the scoop: “The new measure is part of France’s effort to promote “biblio-diversity” and help independent bookstores compete. Here, there’s no big bookseller with the power to suddenly turn off the spigot. People in the industry estimate that Amazon has a 10 or 12 percent share of new book sales in France. Amazon reportedly handles 70 percent of the country’s online book sales, but just 18 percent of books are sold online.”

The law stems from the 1981 Lang law, which prevents any bookseller in France from pricing a new book for less than 5 percent off of the cover price. The idea is to keep book prices the same around the country, in order to keep publishers and booksellers in business.

Costco Drops Then Restocks Controversial Book

America_NoShadow-270x415Discount retailer Costco has restocked copies of the controversial anti-Obama book America: Imagine a World Without Her by Dinesh D’Souza, after abundant backlash from conservative news pundits for removing the book from its shelves. According to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, the company removed the book because of poor sales.

In an interview with Sean Hannity, D’Souza called the move “bizarre” pointing out that the book came out only three weeks ago.  ”About a week ago, it surpassed Hillary’s book on Amazon. It’s actually currently number one on the Amazon best-seller list,” he told the Fox News anchor. “So the sales of the book have been strong. And then, of course, a few days ago, my movie opened in 1,100 theaters around the country.”

Costco defended its decision in a statement: “Costco is not a book store. Our book shelf space is very limited.  We exercise discipline in the best utilization of that limited space based solely on what our members are buying. We can’t carry every title that our members are interested in reading.  We are constantly monitoring book sales and make decisions to pull books off the shelves frequently based on volume to make room for other titles. Politics or controversy over content do not influence our decisions.” Read more

Bertelsmann to Stop Selling Books in German Speaking Market

derclubGerman media firm Bertelsmann SE will stop selling books in German-speaking markets in response to declining sales.

The Wall Street Journal has the scoop: “The company’s retail locations as well as the online store, branded under the ‘Der Club’ label, will cease operations in Germany, Austria and Switzerland by the end of 2015, spelling the end to almost all of Bertelsmann’s remaining bookselling activities. The decision isn’t only the latest sign of how digitization is changing the book industry, but also a farewell to the core business that had originally made the German publisher a media giant—the sale of books and other media via a “book club” subscription service.”

The Der Club e-commerce site is still functioning, but the entire operation is expected to shut down by the end of 2015.

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