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4th Annual ‘Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day’ to Take Place on December 7th

TakeYourChildToABookstorePosterWebThe 4th annual “Take Your Child to a Bookstore Day” (TCBD) will take place tomorrow, December 7th.

Hundreds of bookstores in the United States, Canada, England, Australia, and Germany will participate in this initiative. Follow this link to view a map of the participating bookstores within the United States.

Here’s more about the initiative: “There are many wonderful organizations that work to foster childhood literacy and a love of reading. TYCBD focuses on an element that is less frequently in the spotlight: the unique pleasure that comes with being in a treasure trove of books, communion and collaboration with a bookseller who has made this their life’s work, and the feeling of investment that comes when a book is discovered and taken home to keep.”

Lithographs of Books on Tshirts & Tote Bags

lithographLooking for holiday gift ideas for the bibliophile in your family? Then you must check out Lithographs’ beautiful collection.

The company has made lithographs of famous books and then turned these into prints, t-shirts and tote bags. Here is more about the designs from the company’s website: “Our designs were created by a team of artists from all over the world. From a distance, the artwork illustrates a theme, character, or setting from each book. Move closer and the text becomes fully legible.”

The collection includes Charles DickensA Tale of Two Cities, James Joyce‘s A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, and Jules Verne‘s 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea to name a few. The t-shirts cost $34.99 plus shipping and they have men’s and women’s sizes. Unframed posters are $24, and totebags are $29.

Vintage Books Turned Into Safes For Hiding Flasks & Other Secret Stashes

booksafeAre you looking for a good gift idea for a book lover? If you’ve already gotten them the books they want, maybe you should get them a book safe from SecretSafeBooks.

These hollowed out books have had their interiors stripped to create secret hiding places. Some are designed to hold flasks, some to hold jewelry and there is even a heart-shaped hiding place. Kara Witham, a graduate of School of the Art Institute of Chicago, is the creative force behind these creations. You can check out photos of how these book safes are made at this link. Here is more about how they are made from Etsy:

Hollow Books and Hollow Book Safes with Flasks, real books specially hollowed out with a trusty scroll saw, and then the pages are secured with professional book-binding glue. Finally, every Hollow Book Safe is finished off with magnets to close with a SNAP.

They range in price from about $42-68 on Etsy plus shipping. (Via Mashable).

Cyber Monday Book Deals

cyber mondayIt’s Cyber Monday and booksellers across the Internet are offering deals on books.

Booksamillion is offering up to 60 percent off of select titles today. Amazon is offering a deal every hour of up to 55 percent off of select titles, as well as $50 off on the Kindle. Barnes & Noble is offering the Nook for $49, along with huge savings on select eBooks. Kobo is offering up to 80 percent off of digital books and magazines today only. Google Books is offering up to 75 percent off of select eBooks.

Open Road Media is offering up to 80 percent off of eBooks through various partner retailers. Melville House is offering 50 percent off of all of its merchandise. Indie bookseller Powell’s Books is offering free shipping and a tote bag on all orders today only. Drawn & Quarterly is offering those shoppers that buy any item, 40 percent off of their next purchase made by today.

President Obama Shops at Politics & Prose for Small Business Saturday

obamaPresident Barack Obama celebrated Small Business Saturday by taking his two daughters on a trip to the Washington, DC bookstore Politics and Prose.

Among his choices were Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner,  Nicholas Dawidoff‘s Collision Low Crossers: A Year Inside the Turbulent World of NFL Football, and The Sports Gene by David Epstein, as well as Crockett Johnson‘s children’s book classic Harold and the Purple CrayonThe Washington Post was there taking pictures.

The Huffington Post pointed out that First Lady Michelle Obama did a book-signing for American Grown: The Story of the White House Kitchen Garden and Gardens Across America at the store back in May.

 

Public Art Project in London Turns Benches Into Books

Wind in the Willows bench for NLTJ.M Barrie’s Peter Pan to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein are among books that will be given a new life in London next year. The Literacy Trust in Britain is working on a public art project that will bring books to London in an new and innovative way: as public benches.

The project is called Books about Town. Artists have been asked to adapt famous books into benches which will be placed throughout the city in July 2014. The “BookBenches” project is designed to encourage reading. Here is more about the project from the Literacy Trust’s website:

The benches, shaped as open books, will be unveiled in various locations across the capital from next July 2014 and visitors will have the chance to discover them by following literary trails around London.

(Via The Guardian).

 

How to Make a Gift Card for an eBook

livradaThe holiday season is upon us and if you are looking for ways to help sell books, consider making a gift card.

Technology company Livrada helps publishers and authors make gift cards for individual books. The card is a physical object which makes it easy to give to someone in person. On the card is a redemption code which the gift recipient can use to download the eBook. You can make the book available through multiple eBook stores, so that the gift recipient can choose their desired platform. Gift card recipients are required to use an individualized PIN, so that they are limited to one copy of the book from their chosen store.

Here is more about how it works from Livrada’s site:

An e-book card facilitates the redemption of your specific e-book. Any e-book title available on Kindle, Nook or Kobo can be made available on an e-book card. The front of the card features the cover art of your book, while the back includes simple instructions for redeeming your book.

Authors Volunteer to Serve as Guest Booksellers at Independent Bookstores

2228_51171819722_1401_nHave you ever imagined getting recommendations from a National Book Award-winning author while shopping at a bookstore? On November 30th (aka “Small Business Saturday“), bibliophiles may meet some of their favorite writers serving as guest booksellers at independent bookstores.

Some of the authors who have volunteered to take part include Wild novelist Cheryl StrayedBattle Bunny writer Jon Scieszka (pictured, via), and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian author Sherman Alexie. Follow this link to view a map of the participating bookstores.

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Independent Bookstore, The Book House, on Kickstarter

Bookseller Michelle Barron hopes to raise $10,000 to open The Book House at its new location. This St. Louis-based independent bookstore has been in business for the past 30 years.

The funds will be used to cover the costs of re-modeling the new store. We’ve embedded a video about the project above. Here’s more from the Kickstarter page:

“Our new location at 7352 Manchester Road is in the heart of a wonderful community, surrounded by many other locally owned businesses in the special historic district off Maplewood Missouri. The new store will be almost 8000 sq feet (more than twice the size of our old location!) with plenty of room to expand with special areas for local authors and new releases, a children’s room, art and rare books room, extra space for book signings, events, book clubs and community programs.”

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How Indie Bookstore Revolution Books Raised $32,299 This Summer

revolutionbooksRevolution Books, a community driven indie bookstore, successfully raised more than their $30,000 fundraising goal over the summer, in a fight to keep its West 26th Street location in Manhattan. Their outreach efforts helped the store raise $32,299, and they raised it just before their deadline.

To raise the money, the store did a lot of outreach and fundraising including hosting a benefit author series called, “Hidden Lives, Human Possibilities: Authors Present to Save Revolution Books.” Authors Edwidge DanticatWalter Mosley,  and Henry Wiencek participated. The events brought in $1,800-$2,500 each. A book sale raised $1200.

Here is more from the store’s email newsletter:

But even with all that, by mid-September, the tally was still at $12,000 — with two weeks left till the deadline to raise $30,000. Where would the rest of it come from? The staff and volunteers stepped up calling, emailing, Face-booking and tweeting potential supporters and talking to everyone who came in the store. Right about then, a $10,000 donation came in from someone who had never contributed to the bookstore before. This put the goal well within range, brought in more donations, small and large, including one for almost $4000, which took the total to $32,299 by midnight on September 30.

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