Ten college stores are participating in a program organized by
wholesaler MBS Textbook Exchange and some textbook
publishers to offer students an e-alternative to certain textbooks this
coming semester. According to C Net News
students will be able to buy an e-book Adobe Acrobat version of some 30
textbooks for 33% off. The e-book version has limitations: it will be
"locked" in a single computer, cannot be printed in its entirety all at
once and has a five-month expiration date.
Some of the store managers said students will likely be put off by the
restrictions and the inability to sell a "used" book back at the end of
the class, but stores want to provide "a digital choice to students who
are increasingly computer-centered--and help them save money in the
After steadily declining revenues the last four years, Paperbacks
Unlimited, the 4,600-sq.-ft. store in Ferndale, Mich., is closing
September 15, according to the Oakland Press
Owner Charles Hughes said he had survived superstores; the store is
closing because "the public isn't reading . . . to the extent that it
has in the past." The tipping point came when he received several
offers to buy his building, one of which he had accepted.
The Detroit News
noted that in the past year, five other bookstores in the Detroit metropolitan area had closed or announced plans to close.
But in happier bookselling news in Michigan, Debra Lambers, who owns
the Book Nook & Java Shop in Montague, is applying for a $50,000
grant to help open a bookstore and coffee bar in downtown Grand Rapids,
which would be the first general bookstore there in 17 years, the Grand Rapids Press
When it rains, it pours: another developer hopes to make a bookstore a
centerpiece in its own redevelopment project in downtown Grand Rapids.
In another development project, the Los Angeles County Board of
Supervisors approved a $1.8 billion project to revitalize downtown Los
Angeles, according to the Los Angeles Daily News
The project features a hotel, condos, apartments, restaurants--and a
bookstore. The centerpiece will be a skyscraper designed by Frank O.
Gehry, who designed the neighboring Walt Disney Concert Hall.
Scan this, PubNet and PubEasy users:
PubNet/PubEasy made a presentation at the Book Industry Study Group's
ISBN-13 Task Force yesterday about ISBN-13 issues in EDI transactions.
The presentation is available from the BISG office at email@example.com.
Kevin Moran has joined Ingram Book Group as a field sales rep for New
York, New Jersey, Connecticut and Rhode Island. He is part of an
expanded trade sales team that will represent Ingram Publisher Services
publishers as well as Ingram's wholesale services to booksellers. For
the past 15 years, Moran has worked for Continuum Books,
Springer-Verlag, IDG Books Worldwide and Tab Books.
The group of nearly 200 New Mexico publishers and authors that turned into booksellers last December will do it again this year.
In its first incarnation, the New Mexico Book Coop sold 3,400 books in 40 days in the Cottonwood
Mall in Albuquerque, N.M. This year's fair will be different only in
one major way: participants will not need to work in the store since a
"regular sales staff" will run the venture. Before October 10, the
price of admission per book is $45, with multiple-title discounts.
Signings will be held Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. For more
information, contact Paul Rhetts or Barbe Awalt at firstname.lastname@example.org;
505-344-9382; or www.nmbookcoop.com
Even the military is saluting the "lifestyle" shopping center.
"Not your father's base exchange" is how Stars & Stripes
described the 844,000-sq.-ft. mall and hotel complex being built at
Ramstein Air Base in Kaiserslautern, Germany. Leslie Whitlock, the Army
and Air Force Exchange Service's project manager, calls the complex "a
smaller version of the Mall of America in Minnesota or the Galleria in
Dallas." Besides a food court, spa, restaurant, stores, a sports lounge
and outdoor recreation center, the facility will have a café and "mega