Bookselling Notes: Moves, a New Web Site, Podcasting
Just Books, the Greenwich, Conn., bookstore that's been in business since 1949, is consolidating its operations in Just Books Too, the Old Greenwich branch that owner Jenny Lawton opened three years ago, PW Daily reported. Lawton said the new store has much foot traffic while the original store is, well, just a destination store. As a result, the company is setting up a delivery service and a book pickup program at a nearby photo shop.
Under longtime owner Warren Cassell, tiny Just Books indeed sold just books, mainly hardcovers, had an extensive reading program (usually offsite) and boasted some of the highest per-square-foot sales of any bookstore in the country.
The Great Lakes Booksellers Association has set up a consumer Web site, Books-n-Authors.com, to promote book and author events in the region. On the site, booklovers can find out where authors are appearing and buy a signed copy from the store hosting the event. The site includes a link to the Heartland Independent Bestseller list, information about the winners of the Great Lakes Book Awards and a list of indies in GLBA territory.
Larry Portzline, creator of bookstore tourism, has gone podcast: he has launched a weekly podcast featuring news about bookstore tourism and tips for listeners about planning their own bookstore road trips and literary adventures.
The debut program, available on Portzline's Web site, features news about the Southern California Booksellers Association's San Diego bookstore tour, the Senate's passage of reader privacy safeguards for the USA Patriot Act and a bookstore tourism tip.