Monday's airing in Ireland of the Lost
episode with a reference to The Third Policeman
by Flann O'Brien boosted demand for the Irish author's work significantly, Reuters
When the same episode of the hit TV show aired in the U.S.,
an estimated 10,000 copies of the book, which was published only after
the author's death, were sold in several days. Chad Post of the Center for
Book Culture, which publishes O'Brien's works in the U.S., called the Lost
bump "amazing. In three weeks we sold 15,000 copies, the same
number as we'd sold in the last six years."
Has parking gotten this bad?
Cars continue to plow into bookstores. The latest example: on Saturday
a car hit by another car was pushed almost completely into the front of
Edward McKay Used Books and More, Fayetteville, N.C., according to the Fayetteville Observer
No one was hurt, but the store is closing and will
be used as a warehouse for the company's other stores. Edward McKay
hopes to reopen in Fayetteville in another location.
Effective yesterday, Borders started a free loyalty program
called Borders Rewards that allows customers in the U.S. to accrue
credit on purchases. Five
percent of most purchases will be credited to a "holiday savings"
account, which can be redeemed between November 15 and January 15. And
Members who spend $50 or more in a month at any of the various Borders
stores in the U.S., including Borders Express, Borders Outlet, Borders
airport or Waldenbooks, may save 10% on most purchases on a day of
their choice, a "personal shopping day." Members will also receive
promotional offers and discounts weekly.
For many years, Borders's Waldenbooks division offered its Preferred
Reader Program--members paid to join and received a discount on
purchases and other benefits--but as of October 2004, Walden stopped
accepting new members for the program and thereafter did not renew
memberships that lapsed.
Last year Borders instituted a pilot loyalty program and factored
results from that experiment into Borders Rewards. As Vin
Altruda, president of Borders Group U.S., said in a statement, "We
listened to what our customers told us they wanted from a loyalty
program, and we designed something that responds to their needs."
Books-A-Million, whose more than 200 stores are primarily in the
South, Chicago and the Washington, D.C., area, is expanding into new
territory. This year it plans to open a store in Kansas City, Kan., in
a destination shopping center called the Legends at Village West, at I-435 and
State Avenue. The store will be BAM's first in Kansas.
The Legends has 750,000 square feet of retail, restaurant and
entertainment businesses "designed to draw out-of-state visitors."
Village West includes a minor-league baseball park and hotels. Amy
Kraft, marketing director of the Legends, said that "one of the most
frequent requests we receive from the public is the need for a major
bookstore in Wyandotte County."
In other company news, this Saturday Books-A-Million is closing one of its hometown stores, the Birmingham News
reported. The store was one of the last tenants in the Eastwood Mall,
Birmingham, Ala., which is closing and will likely be replaced by a
Barnes & Noble plans to open a new store in Sugar Land, Tex., near
Houston, in October. When the store, located in the First Colony Mall
at 16535 Southwest Freeway, opens, B&N will close its existing
store at 2545 Town Center Boulevard.