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Strand Book Store Contract for Central Park Stalls To Expire

New York City’s Strand Book Store operates used book stalls along Central Park, but its contract with the Parks Department is due to expire in May 2013.

The Parks Department is currently looking for bids for the site. The Strand will participate in the process. The bookstalls are located along the wall outside of Central Park on Fifth Avenue between East 60th and 61st Street. The site is a heavy with foot traffic.

The New York World has the story: “Because the bids are submitted in a sealed process, [Eddie] Sutton said Strand, whose main outlet on Broadway and 12th Street claims to carry ’18 miles of books’ simply tries to offer what it thinks it can afford. Sutton said he doesn’t worry about whether a competitor might come along and take over the tourist-attracting stalls. In fact, it has happened before.”

 

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Hue-Man Bookstore to Close

The Hue-Man Bookstore in Harlem will close its physical location on July 31st. In an open letter, the staff explained that they are working on building “our amazing bookstore of the future,” continuing the bookstore’s work in some new way.

The email also looked at the current state of the publishing industry, predicting that “the industry will be forced to reconcile the future place of ‘real books’ in their business models” at some point in the future. Here’s an excerpt from the email:

We will continue to be involved in the publishing of books and will ramp up our agency services to writers and publishers alike.  Though we can not give you the future in a nutshell, we can tell you that on September 6th 2012 at 7:30 PM we will launch our new event format with Miami Heat Dwayne Wade. Partnering with a state of the art facility we can begin to create the kind of multi-platform customer experience we’ve always imagined.   Stay tuned! You can continue to buy online…..In fact,  for 3 months beginning Aug 1, 2012 we will be discounting our entire website offerings 30% or better. You can still reach us through facebook and twitter. You can continue to reach us at the same phone number and at the same website and e-mail address … YOU CAN GET DEEP DISCOUNTS ON OUR EXISTING INVENTORY WHICH WE NEED TO LIQUIDATE. (Via Polite Society & Shelf Awareness)

Books for Troops, Alan Rickman Reads & Bookstore Survival Secrets: Top Publishing Headlines of the Week

For your weekend reading pleasure, we’ve collected the ten most popular publishing stories of the week–ranging from romance novel heroes to sharing books with our troops to Jersey Shore‘s classical remix (video embedded above).

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1. Nontraditional Ways To Promote Your Book
2. Top 20 Facebook Apps for Book Lovers
3. Most Popular Professions for Romance Novel Heroes
4. Independent Bookstores Share Survival Secrets
5. How To Share Books with Troops Overseas
6. Are Greek Myths the Next Trend for Teens?
7. Navy SEAL Memoir Expected to Generate Great Interest
8. Shakespeare & Company’s Bookstore Cat Monty Has Died
9. Jersey Shore Meets Oscar Wilde
10. Alan Rickman Reads ‘Sonnet 130′ by William Shakespeare

7 Survival Secrets for Independent Bookstores

At the Los Angeles Festival of Books, some of the best booksellers on the West Coast shared strategies that helped them survive during these challenging times for local bookstores. Below, we’ve collected seven tips from these innovative booksellers.

The panelists included: Vroman’s Bookstore president Allison Hill, Powell’s Books president Emily Powell and owner Michael Powell, and City Lights chief book buyer Paul Yamazaki.

1. Sell personalized children’s books. Hill said children’s books sold well at her store, and customizable children’s books were very popular as gifts.

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Borders To Close 28 More Stores


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This week Borders added 28 new stores to the list of bookstores they will close during bankruptcy proceedings.

eBookNewser contributor Nate Hoffelder created a Google Map linking to all the soon to be closed stores–the map is embedded above. Read the whole list here (PDF link); the new closures are highlighted in red.

Here’s more about the map: “This is a map of 28 more closing stores that Borders announced on 17 March. These stores will close in late May.”

Bookstore Owner Warren Cassell Has Died

Longtime bookstore owner Warren Cassell passed away last weekend at age 80-years-old. According to Shelf Awareness, he owned and operated the Just Books store in Greenwich, CT for many years.

Cassell, who was reportedly a larger-than-life salesman, sold the store in 2002 so that he and his wife could retire. They moved to Portland, OR after this event to be near family.

Here’s more from the article: “[H]e did not retire in the general sense of the word: among other things, he worked part-time at Broadway Books, started a memoir and recently became involved with operationpaperback.org, a group dedicated to providing gently used paperbacks to troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, to VA hospitals and to families with members serving overseas.”