that "there's nothing like a good independent bookshop to warm your
heels in on a cold winter’s day running errands in town," the Bronxville-Eastchester Patch
praised Womrath's Bookshop
Bronxville, N.Y., and observed that "one of the nice things about local
booksellers is their selection of, well, local books. Sure you might
find many of the local volumes Womrath offers online, but would you
really think to look for them? The care in which these little shops put
into their displays, not to mention the need for tight inventory
control, means that you're likely to find only the most interesting
local volumes on their shelves."
catches up with Medu Books
at the Greenbriar Mall in Atlanta, Ga., which specializes in African American literary works and Africana gifts. Owner Nia Damali said the store, which she founded in 1989, is "a home to writers and authors, educators and parents, and the community members who need a place like ours to go to nourish their mind and souls…we are home to the community."
Sales during the holiday period rose compared to the same periods the previous two years. In the new year, Medu Books is offering more events, including writer's workshops, storytelling and financial and health lectures.
Book trailer of the day: Where Good Ideas Come From: The Natural History of Innovation by Steven Johnson (Riverhead).
Some 2,200 college stores offered textbook rental programs this past fall, more than expected, and some 3,000 will be offering some textbook rental programs by this coming fall, according to a survey by National Association of College Stores' OnCampus Research. During the fall of 2009, only 300 colleges stores offered any kind of textbook rental programs.
The fall 2010 figures of stores offering textbook rentals include 786 of the stores managed by Follett Higher Education Group, 300 managed by Barnes & Noble College Bookseller and all 300 managed by Nebraska Book Co.
Julie Traylor, NACS chief of planning and research, estimated that students who rent textbooks save 33%-55% of the price of buying textbooks and said, "Our members are just as concerned as everyone else about the increasing cost of course materials, and I think the savings rentals can generate really caught their imaginations and they ran with it."
Cool idea of the day: on Saturday, January 29, Changing Hands Bookstore presents YAllapalooza 2011, "a literary extravaganza for tween and teen readers featuring free pizza, games, prizes and chance to mix and mingle with your favorite YA authors!" The Tempe, Ariz., store will host a game show that tests contestants' knowledge of YA and middle-grade literature. Authors who will appear include Lisa Mangum, Bree Despain, Karen Hoover, Cameron Stracher, Jessica Day George, Obert Skye, Janette Rallison, James Owen, Angela Morrison, Tom Leveen, Jon Lewis, Adam Rex, Laurie Brooks, Lisa McMann and Kofi O. Okyere.
Aesop's Tables, a small café tucked in a corner of Toadstool Bookshop
Peterborough, N.H., changed ownership last week even though it wasn't
on the market when Allison Fredericks asked former co-owners Natasha
Meehan and Tiffany Quilty last year about the possibility of selling.
wasn't for sale when we she approached us, but we saw it as a good
opportunity to move on. And Allison seems like a really good fit for
it," Meehan said. "It's nice to know it's in great hands."
and Quilty plan to stay remain for three months as consultants. "Seeing
Allison succeed is important to us," Meehan said. "We definitely want
the business to succeed and continue and be successful."
Dan Brown and Lee Child topped a list of the 1,000 most-loaned library books in the U.K. last year. The Bookseller
reported that the rankings are based on Nielsen LibScan data covering
"about 20% of all U.K. library loans, but the figures have been weighted
to give an indication of the overall market." The top five:
- The Lost Symbol by Dan Brown (183,000 checkouts)
- Gone Tomorrow by Lee Child (149,000)
- 61 Hours by Lee Child (141,000)
- I, Alex Cross by James Patterson (139,000)
- Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel (134,000)
Flavorwire featured a selection of book cameos in movies,
noting, "it turns out that the characters in some of our favorite films
also dig books, and that makes us like them even more. A character
reading a book can either be a plot element, or character development,
or a little joke, a secret between the director and those in the know,
but it's unlikely that it's totally meaningless."
Hercule Poirot, of course. The Guardian showcased 10 of the best moustaches in literature. And the New York Times noted that the careers of mustachioed Mark Twain impersonators is at an all time, curly high.