Notes: Students Open Store in Haverhill; BAM's New Marketer
resurgence of downtown Haverhill, Mass., has been missing one key
ingredient--a bookshop--but soon that void will be filled by an
enterprising group of local high school students. According to the Eagle-Tribune, students in Haverhill High's Learning for Life program will open the Book Cellar, a new and used bookstore.
"This city needs a bookstore," said sophomore William Pina. "I think our store will be a great opportunity for kids to learn about selling books."
Karla Wiles has joined Books-A-Million as v-p of marketing. She was formerly executive v-p and director of client services at o2 ideas, inc, a marketing communications firm in Birmingham, Ala., and worked on a variety of retail brands such as Saks Department Store Group, Mervyn's, Intuit, Giant Foods, Verizon Wireless and the Home Depot.
We knew books could be dangerous, but . . .
Police are searching for a man who tried to send a noteworthy package of books to Paris, according to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer. A UPS Store clerk "was preparing to ship the plastic-wrapped
books on Jan. 31 when she noticed that one of the hardbacks rattled,
according to police reports. The woman shook the book and spotted a gun
part slipping through the pages."
A subsequent police search revealed that the books contained "a disassembled Beretta handgun, three loaded magazines and two boxes of 9mm ammunition hidden in hollowed copies of Richard Tarnas' Cosmos and Psyche, Isaac Asimov's Chronology of the World and a communications text."
Bestselling author Paulo Coelho spends three hours a day online, corresponding with his readers by e-mail and updating his Flickr, MySpace and blog sites. One of Coelho's other online activities has stirred up some controversy, according to Newsweek.
author "likes to promote pirated copies of his own books. At the recent
Digital, Life, Design Conference in Munich, Coelho told a gathering of
tech company CEOs, artists and designers that since 2005 he's been
directing his readers to an online site where they can download his
books, in languages from German to Japanese, for free."
Said Coelho: "I always thought that when, at the beginning of your career, you strive to be read, you can't change your mind later and become greedy about it."