In a profile of Barnes & Noble following the ascension of William Lynch as CEO in March, Crain's New York Business
wrote that the company has built its "e-book market share to around 20%" and has greatly improved relations with publishers--in contrast to publishers' relations with Amazon.
Two example of those improved relations: publishers have agreed to let users of the Nook lend e-books to friends (about half of bn.com titles can be lent) and some 70% of bn.com offerings may be streame via wi-fi on Nooks in B&N stores.
Barnes & Noble is "the best-kept secret in the e-book space," David Shanks, CEO of Penguin Group, told the paper.
And Carolyn Reidy, CEO of Simon & Schuster, said that B&N is "always thinking how to sell more books. If they can figure out how to marry what is in their stores with what's online, they can survive."
KulturKaufhaus Dussmann, the multimedia
retailer in the heart of Berlin, is doubling the amount of space for
foreign-language books (95% of which are English-language), according to
Buchreport and Boersenblatt.
Opening in October, the
"English Book Store" is moving within the store. The 3,200-sq.-ft.
section will be in the rear part of the first and second floors, have
its own entrance although still be connected to the main store and
develop its own events program. Other languages represented are Italian,
French, Spanish, Polish and Russian. The section has had double-digit
KulturKaufhaus Dussmann, founded in 1997, has 75,000
square feet of retail space and stocks books, audiobooks, music,
stationery and gifts. Its parent company is Dussmann Group, which
operates a variety of building management and cleaning, catering and
security services, office rentals and care and nursing for seniors.
"Seattle residents love their books. And they love their
technology," TechFlash observed, adding that "those two
passions will go hand-in-hand at a new bookstore called Ada's
Technical Books," which hosted its grand opening over the weekend in
the Capitol Hill neighborhood.
The bookshop's owners are
software engineers Danielle and David Hulton, who "came up with the idea
after noticing that many of their geeky friends would drive all the way
to Portland to visit the vast aisles of Powell's Technical Books," TechFlash
Danielle Hulton noted that the shop will carry new as
well as used books, some of which are are difficult to shop for online.
"Especially with technical books, it is important to be able to look
through a book to see if the information in the book is applicable to
what a person is trying to learn," she said.
Book, Lafayette, Ind., has reopened in its new 3,000-sq.-ft. location
in the Five Points area, "an upgrade from the 1,200 square feet they had
to work with in Valley Plaza," the Journal & Courier reported. Co-owner Tami
Marshall said, "The new space will give us the opportunity to have book
clubs, youth activities and be more interactive with the community."
More summer reading lists:
Bookseller and author Robert
J. Wiersema recommended some titles in the National Post to help Canadian readers make
"the most of our 12-week ration of summer."
"Travel around the
world through summer's best beach books," suggested the Newark Star-Ledger, adding "you can go
anywhere your heart desires this summer--provided your first stop is a
Cyclists can check out the Christian Science Monitor's "10 great books
Don't overlook the value of great
book blurbs, advised James Spackman, Hodder & Stoughton's sales and
trade marketing director, during the Bookseller Cover Design Conference.
"There is time and effort and strife that goes into finishes, foil and
shine, etc.--but think about how many books are sold online these days
and this means nothing. We're missing a trick. The words are
commercially valuable.... We can afford to be positive about this, we
have a chance to add value."
Spackman "discussed research from
Book Marketing Limited which found that the blurb makes 62% of consumers
buy a particular book," the Bookseller reported. He added: "It's a vital
motivating factor in why people decide to buy a book and it is totally
in control of the publisher."
John Grisham "remains a
largely anonymous figure. He can stand under a huge billboard of his
latest novel in virtually any bookshop and go unnoticed--and that's just
the way he likes it," noted the Press & Journal, which reported on
Grisham's visit to England to promote Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer.
laugh when I tell people I'm a famous writer in a country where nobody
reads," he said.
But Grisham may want to change that. Speaking of the 13-year-old protagonist of Theodore Boone, Grisham said, according to the Telegraph: "Theodore is really an effort to catch Harry Potter. Back in the 1990s I was routinely introduced as the bestselling author in the world. I tried to pretend like it was no big deal.
"Then along came Harry Potter and suddenly I was number two. I've got to tell you, I really miss being number one. I'm going to catch Harry one way or another."
Dexigner.com showcased the Foldaway Bookshop, "a
pop-up specialist bookshop created for the London Festival of
Architecture 2010. Stocked by RIBA Bookshops, it will be a specialist
architecture bookshop featuring the latest must-have high quality
publications and the most coveted architecture classics.... The walls,
shelving and sales counter will be constructed entirely from cardboard
and recycled at the end of the Festival."
find our way to the best independent bookshops," the Guardian requested, noting, "It's
Independent Booksellers Week next week, and in defiance of all the usual
doom and gloom that surrounds the subject we thought we'd take this
opportunity to celebrate the many wonderful bookshops all over the world
that are still standing. After enjoying your pictures on our Hay
festival Flickr group we thought we'd ask you to upload
photos of your favorite independents--then take it to the next
level, and make ourselves a map."