Milestone Books, Vestavia Hills, Ala., will close next month,
as owner Linda Brown "returns to the medical sales business after six
years of offering advice to voracious and reluctant readers alike on
the books they're most likely to love," the Birmingham News
is just a personal decision that I had to do for the benefit of my
children," said Brown, who had tried unsuccessfully to sell the
bookshop. "I'm sad that nobody was able to step up and take my place,
but I have no regrets.... I feel like I'm going out on top."
In the department of silver linings, Willard Williams of the
Toadstool Bookshop, Peterborough, N.H., which also has branches in
Milford and Keene, reported that the December 2008 ice storm that
caused the store's holiday sales to drop 20% was the subject of several
locally published books that have been Toadstool bestsellers. The store
has sold 990 copies of The Weight of the Ice: The Northeast Ice Storm of 2008 by Dave Eisenstadter (Surry Cottage Books); 525 copies of Ice: The December 2008 Storm in New Hampshire's Monadnock Region by the staff of the Keene Sentinel; and 40 copies of Black Ice: The Beauty and Destruction of New Hampshire's Great Ice Storm and Blackout of 2008, a photography title from SciArt Media.
commented, "It's nice to know that though this was an inconvenient and
ill-timed storm for all, it did not involve any serious human injuries
or death and in fact, as you will gather from the book descriptions,
often brought people together in a community building sort of way."
The Flagstaff branch of Bookmans Entertainment Exchange, the Arizona retailer of used books, music, movies and more, was wrecked Thursday night when the roof collapsed under the weight of snow. No one was hurt.
The store will be rebuilt and in the meantime, Bookmans said, it is continuing such programs as the Winter Reading Challenge (winning school gets $15,000), the Music in the Classroom program as well as store sponsorships and support of the Flagstaff Music Festival, Pride in the Pines, Second Chance Center for Animals and more.
On the store's blog, Kate Beles wrote: "I've already been amazed by all the love we've received via phone, email, and social networking sites, and it proves to me that being a socially responsible business and supporting local community causes is always worth it. This year, our 20th anniversary in Flagstaff, we will do as much as we can to support our community as ever!"
Extreme cold caused pipes to freeze in the Bank Street Bookstore in New York City, which led sprinklers to burst, and the store had to close, according to the Columbia Spectator.
"A lot of stuff in the front of the bookstore was damaged, as well as anything on the floor," manager Beth Puffer said. "Everyone was very helpful, scrambling to try and get stuff away from the water, but many books were damaged, as well as any computers in the front of the store."
Puffer told the paper she hoped to have the store up and running by the end of the week.
Copperfield's Books, Santa Rosa, Calif., had an unexpected and
unwelcome visitor Saturday afternoon when an elderly woman who was
trying to park "plowed into the store through a double-glass door and
display window," the Press Democrat reported.
was a lot of glass flying through the air," said manager Thomas Graham,
who added that although two customers suffered cuts and bruises, no one
was seriously injured. "We're pretty fortunate that way."
The former bookkeeper who embezzled more than $100,000 from Page and Palette, Fairhope, Ala., has been sentenced to eight months in prison, two months of home confinement and ordered to make restitution of $81,000, according to the Mobile Press-Register.
Owner Karin Wilson told the paper that "the business is still suffering" and the store had gone into debt as a result. "It was such a hit."
Terre Haute, Ind., "appears to be a book haven for
traditionalists who prefer paperbacks and hardbacks" over online
book-buying temptations, the Tribune-Star
reported, noting that the city offers many options for its 60,000-plus
residents, from national chains to indie bookseller Book Nation, which
Todd Nation purchased in 1991 when it was Campbell's Book Shop.
do dog day care, a used bookstore and blacklight mini golf have in
common? The three seemingly disparate ventures will soon share a
property in Caledonia, Wis., the Journal Times wrote. DCS Trading Co. is scheduled to open tomorrow and will carry used books, DVDs and video games.
Effective tomorrow, William Preston is joining Sourcebooks as senior account executive--mass market and new business development, a new position. He was most recently v-p, North American business development for Gardners Books, the U.K. wholesaler, and earlier was senior v-p of retail sales for Baker & Taylor.
In his years at B&T, Preston expanded business with traditional booksellers as well as initiated business with special market customers such as Costco, Whole Foods and Petsmart and led the sales effort for selling direct to consumers.
Tony Proe has joined BookMasters Distribution Services and AtlasBooks as v-p of business development. A longtime salesman, he founded Proe & Proe Associates in 1991 and more recently was a principal of the Empire Group.
Simon & Schuster has added the following people to its new in-house telemarketing group, which was created in response to the sales force cutbacks last month (Shelf Awareness, January 5, 2010). The telemarketing managers, who start training today and report to Jonathan Earls, director, retail development, are:
- Ann Carlino, who is joining the company with 16 years of publishing sales experience, most recently as a national account manager at Macmillan.
- Karen Fink, who has been with S&S three years, most recently as coordinator in the marketing department. She earlier worked more than 20 years at Random House, part of the time as a telemarketing rep.
- Stuart Smith, who has worked in the sales division, most recently as part of the sales & client communications team.
- Hilary Lowe, most recently a customer-driven publishing sales coordinator in the premium group.