Notes: Harper Gives Full Access; Shanks for President!
HarperCollins is expanding the availability of its titles online. Under the Full Access program it will make available the full text of some titles for a month but will not allow them to be downloaded, according to the New York Times. Viewers who want to buy the book are directed to a range of online retailers.
HarperCollins president and CEO Jane Friedman compared the program with "removing the shrink wrap from a book. The advantage of our digital warehouse is that we can securely, quickly and easily change what content is available, whether it is to meet an author's request, to preview a title before it is on sale, or to promote backlist books. And we believe it's the role of the publisher to develop tools to easily allow authors to promote their work to their communities online."
Among the titles to be fully available online will be Paulo Coelho's The Witch of Portobello, the beginning of a year-long promotion of his work. Each month another book by Coelho will be available in its entirety online.
Under the Sneak Peak program, HarperCollins already allows readers to preview 20% of some books two weeks before their publication. Its Browse Inside program allows readers to sample pages of many of its books.
Gayle Shanks of Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, Ariz., has been nominated to become the next president of the ABA, and Michael Tucker of Books Inc., San Francisco, Calif., has been nominated to be the next v-p/secretary of the ABA board, Bookselling This Week reported.
The ABA's nominating committee also nominated Dan Chartrand, Water Street Bookstore, Exeter, N.H., and Ken White, SFSU Bookstore in San Francisco, Calif., to join the board.
Current president Russ Lawrence, Chapter One Book Store, Hamilton, Mont., and Collette Morgan, Wild Rumpus, Minneapolis, Minn., will leave the board.
Members will vote on the nominations in time for the ABA annual meeting at BEA in Los Angeles.
Hear ye, hear ye!
In honor of a visit and signing by Tim Dorsey for his new novel, Atomic Lobster, at Destinations Booksellers, New Albany, Ind., mayor Douglas B. England is declaring Tuesday, February 26, Tim Dorsey Day. (A nearby brewpub is hosting part of the festivities.)
England wrote that Dorsey "has provided countless hours of enjoyment to his readers, delivering a moral message within each of his 10 Serge Storms novels."
Style Weekly profiles Kelly Justice, new owner of the Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, Va., saying memorably, "she reads at like a 19th-grade level."
The 19th-grader talks a bit about handselling, author appearances and more.
A three-year $937,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation is supporting a new project between the University of North Carolina Press and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill called "Publishing the Long Civil Rights Movement." Through print and digital publications, the partners aim to "experiment with new ways of publishing scholarship and expand the understanding of the civil rights movement, with a focus on broad chronological, demographic, geographic, and thematic conceptions. This will widen the window of civil rights to include contemporary issues such as school resegregation, environmental and economic justice, and the women's and gay rights movements."
"I'm lucky because I get to see the readers' reactions when they
pick up one of our books. It's called 'hand-selling,' and that's the
best part of this business," David Thompson told the Houston Chronicle.
His reasons for finding pleasure in the handselling process are twofold. Thompson is not only assistant manager at Murder by the Book, Houston, Tex., but also owner of Busted Flush Press, which he started in 2005 "to revive out-of-print mysteries and introduce them to a new generation of readers. . . . Thompson gets material for his books by inviting writers to create stories for the anthologies. With the reprints, he searches for some of his favorite authors who have done series, and if the earliest books are out of print, he goes after the reprint rights."
"I still made every mistake possible," Thompson said. "People tried to help me, but I had to figure it out for myself."
Andre and Carol Dumont, owners of Dumont Maps and Books, Santa Fe, N.M, were profiled in New Mexico Business Weekly, which noted that the shop's resident feline, Mr. Murphy, is "arguably the friendliest bookstore cat in the West" and that the Dumonts "began the business 20 years ago, turning Andre's collecting obsession into a commercial enterprise."
Searching for Beirut on parchment pages. In the Independent on Sunday, Robert Fisk confessed to being seduced by the power of historic books about his adopted city: "There is nothing to match the smell of old books. 'Musty' is the cliché that comes to mind but there is something more attractive, more refined about the perfume of ancient volumes. It's the same kind of smell you find in Anglo-Saxon churches, the smell of wood pulp, of trees."
At one of Fisk's favorite biblio-destinations, Khayat's Bookshop, owner Habib Aboujaudeh told him, "Sometimes I sell a book and I regret selling it. The person who loves a book--I sometimes sell it to him at half price. If I don't like him, I don't sell it to him for any price."
Mediashift's Jennifer Woodard Maderazo offered "The Case for Ink: 5 Reasons I Won't Give Up Books:"
- I hate e-books.
- I can't curl up with a gadget.
- Sensory stuff.
- Emotional connection.
Donald E. Melinsky has joined National Book Network as v-p, business management. He was most recently v-p, financial planning, at Voyager Learning (formerly ProQuest). Before that, he was CFO of Delmar Publishers and South-Western Educational Publishing and also worked in business management, finance and planning at Simon & Schuster and Maxwell Macmillan.
At Tor Books:
- Patty Garcia has been promoted to associate director of publicity.
- Alexis Saarela has been promoted to publicity manager.
- Dot Lin has been promoted to publicity manager.
- Kyle Avery moved from the sales department and has become a publicist.