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Posts Tagged ‘Hudson Booksellers’

Finding the Best Airport Bookstore

USA Today’s travel blogger Harriet Baskas investigates the airport bookstore to find out which one is the best in the country for bargains, deals and the like. HMS Host’s Simply Books, with outlets in nine airports (Charlotte, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Dallas-Fort Worth, Atlanta, Houston, Indianapolis, Salt Lake City and San Antonio) offers a Passport to Savings program that awards a free book after the 8th purchase. The Hudson Group, which sells books in more than 300 airport locations, including 70 Hudson Booksellers stores, gives anyone who buys a book a free bookmark and anyone who buy three books a free canvas travel tote bag.

Baskas also looks at a number of airport used bookstores like Renaissance Book Shop at Milwaukee’s General Mitchell International Airport, which may be the oldest used bookstore in an airport. Located pre-security, the store’s shelves are crammed full with anywhere from 40,000 to 50,000 books — everything from general fiction and biography to local and regional history and back copies of Life magazine. Dave Long, a staff member at the bookstore for more than 25 years, says customers include frequent travelers, “meeters and greeters” and folks who come to the airport just to browse. “It’s always great to see someone just light up when they find something they’ve been searching for.”

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Hudson Booksellers & CNN Partner for Anderson Cooper

Shelf Awareness reports that when the paperback edition of Anderson Cooper‘s memoir, DISPATCHES ROM THE EDGE appears next Tuesday, Hudson News and Hudson Booksellers will be offering an exclusive edition that includes a new afterword and a bound-in DVD that contains an interview with Cooper and video from Cooper’s Reporter’s Notebooks. It’s part of a partnership Hudson and CNN began last year with CNN-branded stores opening up in several airports, including JFK.

Concerning the paperback partnership, in a statement, Sara Hinckley, v-p, book buying and promotions for Hudson Booksellers, said, “The paperback format is perfect for travelers, many of whom are already devoted CNN and Anderson Cooper 360 fans. We anticipate that this book will be one of our top-selling paperbacks this year, and adding the free DVD is a great way to reward Hudson customers in a unique and meaningful way.”

Hudson Booksellers Keeps O’Hare Contract

Shelf Awareness points to this Chicago Sun-Times article about the end of a bidding war for concession space at O’Hare Airport – the first open competition in a decade. Hudson Booksellers, the incumbent, won out over other competitors in getting a seven year extension. But the competition is crying foul, he way the bid was structured gave Hudson the inside track.

Instead of inviting competition by dividing the news and gift shop concession into smaller, more manageable bites, the Daley administration put all 25 locations into a single package against the advice of its concessions manager. Together, those 15 stores and 10 kiosks generate $41.3 million in annual revenues. “One company can win: the incumbent. It stinks so bad, it’s unbelievable,” a competitor, who asked to remain anonymous, told the Chicago Sun-Times when the competition began nearly a year ago. But Aviation Commissioner Nuria Fernandez argued that Hudson’s contract was “not a renewal, truly” because the company bought out W.H. Smith in December 2003. “Hudson has now competed based on their own merits and they were the highest bid. So, we’ve selected them” from a field of six, she said.