Betty and Rhett Jackson, who founded the Happy Bookseller in Columbia,
S.C., in 1975, will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the ABA
at the Celebration of Bookselling at BEA. The award, given only once
before (to Joyce Meskis of the Tattered Cover in Denver, Colo.), will
be presented by the Jacksons' friend and fellow South Carolinian
Pat Conroy. Rhett and Betty sold the store in 2003. Betty continues to
work there, while these days Rhett is more of a Happy Retired
Bookseller. Rhett is
also a former ABA president. For more information, check out the ABA Web site
Congratulations to the ABA for giving the Jacksons the award and the
Jacksons themselves, two of the most gracious, thoughtful, amusing
Prompted by the announcement that Michael Powell will begin handing
over management of Powell's Books to his daughter, Emily, the Oregonian
has run several tributes to Powell and the store. An editorial included
"Thirteen years ago, a Portland-area mother and daughter made their
first trip to Powell's, where they stumbled on a magical book the
mother hadn't seen since childhood, Richard Halliburton's Complete Book
. It was a fairy-tale moment--routine at Powell's. The store
is as deliberately tantalizing as a labyrinth. You're meant to turn
around, bump into old books, and old selves, while making the
acquaintance of new ones. Getting lost, if you can, is the whole point."
And another tribute to Powell's noted its power as a tourist draw.
Elizabeth Burnett, executive director of Portland Literary Arts, told
: "I think Powell's is our Eiffel Tower, and anyone who comes
here has to see it."
About the only people in the industry happy about the tentative
approval of HMV's probably takeover of Ottakar's and its merger with
the Waterstone's division are stock analysts and HMV executives,
according to a Guardian
story. Otherwise, authors, independent booksellers, community groups and others complain.
The group of private equity companies seeking to buy VNU has formed
Valcon Acquisition to pursue the bid and today will release documents
explaining the $9 billion purchase price, according to today's Wall Street Journal
Several other interested parties have apparently backed out. VNU owns,
among many other things, Nielsen BookScan, the Book Standard, Kirkus Reviews
, the Bookseller
Tomorrow marks a milestone in movie downloads. For the first time, with the DVD release of Brokeback Mountain
, fans will be able to buy and download simultaneously with DVD release a major studio movie legally onto their computers, the Wall Street Journal
reported. The service is offered though Movielink, a studio joint
venture, which has allowed downloaded rentals. One major limitation:
viewing will not yet be possible on DVD players, only computers.
has an update on Harrisburg, Pa.'s Midtown Scholar Bookstore, which recently expanded (Shelf Awareness
, February 6).
The Jackson-Madison County Library system in Tennessee is considering
three bids to operate the system, one from management and two from
private companies, according to the Jackson Sun
At least one of the private bidders is proposing opening a
branch--consisting of a library, bookstore and café--in the former
Davis-Kidd Booksellers store that closed last year and said it has had
"preliminary discussions" with Davis-Kidd owner Joseph-Beth Booksellers.
The Rogers Public Library, Rogers, Ark., and the Barnes & Noble in
Rogers are celebrating National Poetry Month by sponsoring a poetry
contest, the Northwest Arkansas News
reported. Contest categories are for adults, teens and children.
In November, Barnes & Noble plans to open a new store at 10317
Silverdale Way Northwest in Silverdale, Wash., near Seattle. When the
store opens, B&N's existing store at 3108 Northwest Randall Way in
Silverdale will close. The new store will have the usual close to
200,000 book, music, movie and magazine titles and a café.
V for Vendetta
the movie now has box office sales of more than $56 million.
As a result, the graphic novel by Alan Moore and David Lloyd on which
it's based was in the top 10 on the BookScan adult fiction trade
paperback list for the week ending March 26. Originally published as a
trade paperback in 1988 by DC Comics, the book now has more than
500,000 copies in print.
The Whittier Daily News
chronicles how several members of the Friends of the Whittier Library
Bookstore in Whittier, Calif., tracked down the owner of jewelry found
in a hollowed-out section of a donated book--with few clues to go on.
The Campaign for Reader Privacy
which is sponsored by the ABA, ALA, AAP and Pen American Center, has
lodged a protest against President Bush, who in a "signing statement"
made when he signed a reauthorization of the Patriot Act, seemed to say
that he could ignore whatever he wanted in the law, particularly the
The President has issued such signing statements for a variety of laws
that he apparently won't necessarily abide by. Similarly his signing
statement on the bill sponsored by Senator John McCain banning torture
indicated that the president believes he can sometimes allow torture.
"The oversight provisions of the re-authorization bill are an important
safeguard in protecting reader privacy," Oren Teicher, COO of the ABA,
said in a statement. "It is simply outrageous that the President thinks
he can choose the sections of the law he wants to enforce and ignore
For his part, Michael Gorman, president of the ALA, said, "We call on
those senators who negotiated the Patriot compromise legislation to
hold the executive branch accountable to the American people."