offers a long, detailed story about the closing and rebirth of Kepler's
Books & Magazines in Menlo Park, Calif. Besides long
commentary from Clark Kepler, the piece has many insights from Daniel
Méndez, a Silicon Valley entrepreneur at the center of the group of
investors whose business and financial aid
were key in bringing the store back to life.
The Sony Reader--may an e-book device finally succeed--will
be sold at some 30 Sony Style stores, Sony's Web site and about 200 Borders stores. At
the Borders stores, demos will be available and customers can buy cards
redeemable for e-texts online. The Sony Reader will cost $300-$400 and should launch this summer.
Nebraska Book Co.
, which, among other businesses, manages 137 college stores, is buying College Book Stores of America
which manages 104 bookstores at small- and medium-sized campuses and
whose Founders Bookstore Services divisions specializes in Christian
colleges and universities.
Nebraska also wholesales textbooks and installs bookstore management
systems and e-commerce sites. The company had revenues of more than
$410 million in the year ended December 31.
College Book Stores had sales of $80 million in the fiscal year ended
June 30. It will continue to use the College Book Stores name and
The North Texas Daily News
has an amusing review of the seventh annual Edible Books Festival
fundraiser held in the Rare Book Room of the Willis Library at the
University of North Texas, Denton, Tex. Some 20 "books" were entered in
the contest. One of our favorites: March of the Penguins
, made of hard boiled eggs and black olives. (Don't miss the photo.)
The festival appeared to whet one student's appetite for books:
wandering into the party with friends, she said, "I like how with a lot
of them, you know what it is as soon as you see it. It kind of makes
you want to go out and read the books."
The third purchase of Random House Films and Focus Features since they created their joint venture last November is The Husband
by Dean Koontz, which Bantam Books will publish May 30. Development on
a movie based on the book, "the story of an ordinary working man whose
love for his wife is put to a harrowing series of tests over a
sixty-hour period," begins immediately. The venture's previous
purchases are The Attack
by Yasmina Khadra (the pen name of Mohammed Moulessehoul, a former Algerian army officer) and Curveball
by Los Angeles Times
reporter Bob Drogin (Shelf Awareness
, February 15).
A feature in today's New York Times
about Craig Ferguson, host of CBS's Late Late Show, and his novel, Between the Bridge and the River
which appears next week, says that "unlike other television stars who
have moonlighted as authors . . . Mr. Ferguson has written a work of
As a result, the first printing is "just" 30,000, which is low for a TV
celebrity. Ferguson told the paper that he didn't mind the modest
advance, "probably less than he would earn for a night of stand-up
comedy," because Chronicle gave him latitude in telling his story.
Ferguson is planning two sequels and, in an unlikely but admirable
departure considering his main gig, doesn't want to sell movie rights.
"It's a book," he said. "It's mine. And it's done."
The Noblesville Daily Times
covered Saturday's "parade of books," the last part of the move of the
Wild, the children's bookstore in Noblesville, Ind., two blocks to its
new location. The store is only six months old.
E-textbooks keep e-xpanding in popularity, especially when they are not e-xpensive.
College students are buying 23% of textbooks over the Internet--either
through a college store's Web site or from another retailer--up from
16% in 2004, according to the latest in the Student Watch Campus Market Research
series sponsored by the NACS Foundation.
About 61% of students said price was the determining factor in choosing
to buy texts online while 21% said friends' recommendations were most
important and 18% said professors' recommendations swayed them most of
The survey was taken at 21 campuses, and more than 16,000 students participated. For more information, go to the NACS Web site
Built for the students of Wilkes University, King's College and the
Luzerne County Community College, a college bookstore planned for
downtown Wilkes-Barre, Pa., will also serve the general public and
is intended to boost business and traffic, according to the Wilkes-Barre Times-Leader
Follett, which currently manages the Wilkes and King's bookstores, is
in the running with Barnes & Noble College to manage the new store
at the Innovation Center@Wilkes-Barre. The former Woolworth's building
has been vacant since 1994.
The paper noted that the move four years ago of the Colgate Bookstore,
Hamilton, N.Y., to much larger space downtown from a spot on campus has
helped boost traffic. Now the store "is considered an anchor for
Serving the lonely?
Bertelsmann plans to transform its Direct Group of book, CD and DVD clubs into "an Internet networking scene for older people," Reuters
reported. "People are getting older . . . and older people are getting
lonelier and they will need communities where they can share their
interests," CEO Gunter Thielen said. Direct Group runs book and music
clubs in 22 countries.
Dave Caswell, who founded the Indiana Authors Bookstore in Indianapolis
in December, plans to start a magazine that will publish new fiction by
emerging Indiana authors, the Indianapolis Star
reported. Almost all titles for sale in the store are by or about
Indiana authors--they include Kurt Vonnegut, Lew Wallace, Booth
Tarkington and Dan Wakefield. The store also sells coffee and offers
Indiana Authors Bookstore is located at 36 E. Maryland St.; 317-633-4070.
The Cape Cod Times
the state of independent bookstores on the Cape, emphasizing both
bookselling's difficult economics and its many satisfactions. For
Carol Chittenden, owner of Eight Cousins, the children's bookstore in
Falmouth, told the paper she has not worked less than a 70-hour week in
19 years. ''I'm not sure if it's the best thing in the world for mental
health, but it's a fun seventy hours a week."