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Jeff Kinney Hopes to Revitalize Physical Books With His New Store

Jeff KinneyDiary of a Wimpy Kid series creator Jeff Kinney and his wife Julie will be moving forward with the development of their new bookstore. In an interview with The Atlantic, the couple discussed their plans for this new retail project. Ideally, this bookstore and café will allow the people of Plainville, Massachusetts to enjoy physical books and a variety of activities (e.g. jewelry workshops, karaoke, wine tastings) so that it becomes a community space.

For Kinney (pictured, via), “a physical book has a heft, a permanence that you don’t get digitally. So our hope is that the bookstore will remain a vital, important part of communities across the country and the world. We hope that the disappearance of such stores has leveled off.”

When asked about how Kinney’s status as a beloved author will help with this business venture, he answered: “To make it work, we know it has to be a destination—we have to bring people in from Plainville and surrounding town. We’ll be leveraging the notoriety that my work has to a certain degree. But it’s not about me. By no means is this a Jeff Kinney store. This has to outlive me.” Do you plan to visit the Kinneys’ bookstore one day?

Amazon Makes ‘The Silkworm’ Available For Sale

silkwormAmazon has listed J.K. Rowling’s new book for sale on its website. The Associated Press reports that The Silkworm “quickly climbed up the best-seller lists now that it’s finally available for purchase on Amazon.com.”

Hachette Book Group published the new Robert Galbraith book on June 19, 2014. Prior to this date, the giant online retailer did not allow customers to place pre-orders due to its ongoing dispute with the publishing house.

According to The Globe and Mail, several Amazon competitors have been playing this situation to their advantage. The Silkworm currently occupies the number one spot on the Barnes & Noble’s fiction bestseller list.

‘Diary of a Wimpy Kid’ Creator Jeff Kinney to Open a Bookstore

Jeff KinneyWriter and artist Jeff Kinney (pictured, via) revealed at BookExpo America that he and his wife plan to open a bookstore. The Associated Press reports that the couple intends to transform an abandoned general store located in Plainville, Massachusetts.

Besides this book selling venture, Kinney has also been hard at work on the ninth installment of the popular Diary of a Wimpy Kid series. Amulet Books, an imprint at ABRAMS, has scheduled a release date for The Long Haul on November 04, 2014. (via Fishbowl NY)

Music Marketing Analytics Firm Gets Into Books

research-reportsNext Big Sound, a company that maps data points on musicians from Twitter to press clippings and correlates this activity to record sales, is getting into the book business.

The company has just unveiled a new dashboard called Next Big Book, in which publishers can track the sales affects of social media posts and other marketing efforts. Next Big Sound has been working with Macmillian on the project.

The New York Times has more: “Macmillan employees are experimenting with the data. Brittney Kleinfelter, a marketer at the company, noticed that one of her authors was selling well in the same geographic regions as a rival author who wrote similar books. As a result, she decided to move ad dollars to markets where neither author is selling well yet, but where she sees growth potential.”

Haruki Murakami Books For Sale in Poland-Based Vending Machines

MurakamiWould you ever purchase a book from a vending machine?

Muzu, a publisher based in Poland, crafted and unleashed three such machines with the Polish translation of Haruki Murakami’s Colourless Tsukuru Tazaki and the Year of His Pilgrimage for sale. According to the Haruki Murakami Stuff blog, these vending machines were set up in train stations located in Warsaw, Poznan, and Wroclaw. Follow this link to see a photo showcasing one of the vending machines.

The novel first came out in Murakami’s native Japan back in April 2013. Knopf, an imprint at Penguin Random House, will release the English language edition, translated by Japanese literature expert Philip Gabriel, on August 12, 2014. Upcoming4.me reports that it will also be available to United Kingdom readers on that same date.

15th Century Torah Goes For Record $3.87 Million at Auction

torahAn anonymous buyer picked up a 15th-century edition of the Torah for a cool $3.87 million at an auction in Paris this week. The price is a record high for such a book.

The book was printed in Hebrew in Bologna in January 1482. According to the Christe’s listing, ”the volume represents the very first appearance in print of all five books of the Pentateuch as well as the first to which vocalisation and cantillation marks have been added. It is equally the first time that the printed Biblical text is accompanied by Rashi’s commentary and the paraphrase in Aramaic (Targum Onkelos). The significance of this edition is demonstrated by the fact that this format is still in use today when printing the Torah.”

The company estimated the value of the book at $1.38-$2.07 million before the auction.

New York Magazine Finds Thriving Bookstores in NYC

mcjbooksDespite the many challenges that indie bookstores have for staying in business, some stores are managing to thrive despite high rents in New York City.

New York Magazine has put together a list of six bookstores that are doing well and their secret sauce for surviving the recession in an expensive city. Stores on the list include: McNally Jackson, Greenlight Books, PowerHouse Arena, Three Lives, Community Bookstore and BookCourt. Check it out:

A recent ad for Verizon Fios features two laptops competing for bandwidth in what looks like a Bushwick loft that crashed into an Apple store. It’s actually PowerHouse Arena: a 5,000-square-foot “laboratory for creative thought,” exhibition hall, party space, shoot location, and, oh right, bookstore. “We don’t have a lot of giant, traditional diversity,” says owner Daniel Power, referring to the store’s rather limited stock. “We’re just very careful in what we select.

Save Rizzoli to Host Rally on April 11th

rizzoliThe organizers behind the Save Rizzoli movement will host a rally on April 11th.

It will take place at 10 a.m. in front of the Rizzoli Bookstore. With this act, the group hopes to persuade the Landmarks Preservation Commission to landmark the interior of the store.

According to the Save Rizzoli website, “over 31,000 buildings have been landmarked in New York City. However, landmark designation for interiors is rare. Since the Landmarks Law was signed in 1965, there have only been 115 interior landmark designations.” Thus far, more than 16,000 people have signed the Change.org petition to esignate 31 West 57th Street as an individual and interior landmark.

Book-Inspired Purses

purseBooks are inspiring high-end hand bag designers, who are designing clutches that look like books. The Little Wonder Book Boats by Beatrice J. Hurley, Paperboats A Sailing by Jennifer Just and Surgeon of the Seas by Charles S. Foltz have all been adapted into handbags this season. Olympia Le-Tan is selling these bags.

E Online has created a DIY guide on how to turn a hardcover book into a purse. All you need is an old hardcover, a ruler, some glue, an X-Acto knife, a clasp, and a glue brush.

For more in literary fashion, check out these book-inspired brooches, and Lithographs’ books on t-shirts and tote bags.

St. Mark’s Bookshop Hopes to Raise $50K On Indiegogo

st marksSt. Mark’s Bookshop, a New York City-based independent bookstore, plans to move to a new location within the East Village neighborhood.

To help generate the money for a financial push, the owners have turned to the crowd-funding site indiegogo. According to the indiegogo page, the funds will be used to “build out the space and pay for moving costs, as well as maintaining its inventory for the remaining months at 31 Third Avenue.”

Some of the rewards that are up for grabs include signed first edition books by Junot Diaz, Patti Smith, and Paul Auster. The campaign will run until April 26, 2014.

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