The mystery of the U.S. 287 paperbacks

By Chris Meadows
August 17, 2015 // 4 Comments

It’s a tale fit to chill the heart of a son of librarians: earlier this year, someone was chucking paperback books out his driver side window along a stretch of U.S. 287 in Colorado. They were mostly romance novels. When I read the first story, I figured it was someone with a stock of effectively [...]

Independent bookstore Kobo e-book partnership fizzles

By Chris Meadows
August 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Denver Post checks in with independent bookstores taking part in the American Booksellers Association and Kobo’s program to allow independent bookstores to sell e-books. It finds out that the program is not going so well, either in terms of profit per book or in the number of people actually [...]

TeleRead Links: Amazon profits, disburses more anti-trust credit, helps publishers; bookstore turns hostel in Tokyo; and more

By Chris Meadows
July 24, 2015 // 5 Comments

Amazon shares soar on surprise profit, market value above Wal Mart’s (Reuters) Inc (AMZN.O) shares surged more than 17 percent on Thursday as the online retailer posted an unexpected quarterly profit, pushing its market value above that of Wal-Mart Stores Inc (WMT.N), the [...]

Anderson family to take Books a Million private

By Chris Meadows
July 16, 2015 // 1 Comment

Books a Million is going private. The Anderson family, who already own the majority of BAMM’s shares, have agreed to buy the rest at $3.25 per share—fifty cents over the offer of $2.75 the family made in January, and well over BAMM’s Monday close of $2.64. The total value of the deal would be [...]

The English Bookshop in Stockholm moves, goes big

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

The English Bookshop in Stockholm, a much-loved local institution with its sister establishment in Uppsala, has just moved from its old location in the historic Gamla Stan to new and bigger premises at Södermannagatan 22, in the stylish and creative SoFo residential area of eastern Södermalm. The [...]

Indie bookstores off the critical list – who would know?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 19, 2015 // 2 Comments

An article in The Daily Beast, “Indie Bookstores Are Finally Not Dying,” draws attention to the by-now-just-a-wee-bit-well-known fact that indie bookstores as a whole are not doing so very badly in the post-disruption post-Amazon era, and as it happens are in some cases doing quite [...]

Minimum wage hike puts San Francisco bookstore Borderlands Books out of business

By Chris Meadows
February 4, 2015 // 4 Comments

Is the real danger to bookstores minimum wage hikes? News broke the other day that a beloved San Francisco bookstore, Borderlands Books, will be closing because it will no longer be able to operate at a profit. It was barely hanging on, but the recent minimum wage hike to $15 an hour would drive it [...]

Did Waterstones really see a shift back to print?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 12, 2015 // 1 Comment

There’s been quite a bit of pickup of the recent Financial Times story on Waterstone’s, which supposedly supports a shift in UK reader appetite back towards printed books, where James Daunt, Waterstones CEO, said sales of which “disappeared to all intents and purposes”, according [...]

One of Budapest’s loveliest bookshops: Rózsavölgyi és Társa

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

One of Budapest’s most fascinating and attractive specialist bookshops, as well as the storefront for one of Hungary’s largest music publishers, is Rózsavölgyi és Társa, just off the tourist thoroughfare of Váci utca and a major feature of the Rózsavölgyi House, itself an [...]

Taiwan brings back the bookstore

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 2, 2014 // 1 Comment

According to a recent report in CNN, Taiwanese bookstore chain Eslite is leading a renaissance of the bricks-and-mortar bookshop on the island, by focusing above all on the social experience of browsing and reading together. The chain facilitates this not only by a totally browser-friendly posture, [...]

Indie bookstores doing fine: Now stop demonizing Amazon?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
April 10, 2014 // 3 Comments

Salon, rarely the most Amazon-friendly of venues, has just run another story on the state of the indie bookstore sector in the U.S., and found surprisingly positive trends. And naturally, being Salon, it saw fit to headline the report with a hit at Amazon like: “The independent bookstore [...]

What would encourage eBook readers to switch platforms?

By Juli Monroe, TeleRead
January 22, 2014 // 9 Comments

Chris has already covered the Digital Book World article summarizing recent Codex Group research showing that 86% of eBook buyers buy from only one retailer. But I had a few thoughts he didn’t cover. The article posited that the ease of infrastructure was the number one reason people stayed [...]

Indie-published author seeks to buy St. Charles bookstore

By Chris Meadows
January 8, 2014 // 0 Comments

Here’s an interesting story, care of Publishers Weekly. In the town where one of my brothers lives, St. Charles, Missouri, well-known bookshop Main Street Books will close at the end of the month if it cannot find a buyer. Small-press-published novelist and book blogger Brandi Schmidt is [...]

Christmas Eve in a bookstore: How it used to be

By libertyc
December 24, 2013 // 2 Comments

Carrie Vaughn, author of the Kitty Norville werewolf novels, has posted to her blog an amusing tale of the Christmas Eves she used to work in a bookstore, right after college. She explains that she actually loved working Christmas Eve, in spite of the conventional wisdom about holiday-season [...]

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