David Cully has been promoted to president, retail markets, at Baker
& Taylor. He joined the company in January as executive v-p of
merchandising and Baker & Taylor Marketing Services and now adds
domestic and international retail book and entertainment sales to his
responsibilities. The company said that in his time at B&T, Cully
"has re-engineered the company's approach to merchandise buying and
supply chain management and worked closely with both customers and
Before joining B&T, Cully was co-founder and CEO
of Blue Tulip Corporation and was president of Barnes & Noble
Distribution. He has also worked at Simon Schuster, Waldenbooks and
Simon & Schuster is making
available 5,000 more titles to Amazon Kindle, which combined with the
S&S titles already on Kindle, represents a majority of the
In a statement, Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos
said that of the 125,000 titles available both as traditional books or
Kindle books, Kindle books account for more than 6% of units sold.
S&S president and CEO Carolyn Reidy stated that besides new and
bestselling books, among the titles selling on Kindle and asked for by
customers are "books that are older or hard to find."
Amazon, Overstock.com has filed a suit challenging New York State's new
law requiring online retailers with affiliates in New York to collect
sales tax on purchases made by people in the state.
According to Reuters,
Overstock said that "on May 15 it told more than 3,400 New York-based
affiliate advertisers that as of June 1 they could not provide
advertising for Overstock.com because of the new law, which comes into
effect at that time."
Today's New York Times examines the "broader cultural makeover" underway at Bertelsmann since Hartmut Ostrowski took the helm, including the appointment of Markus Dohle as chief executive of Random House.
With the media speculating recently on the future of Barnes & Noble and Borders, the Arizona Republic
chose to get an independent bookseller's perspective from Gayle Shanks,
owner of Changing Hands Bookstore, Tempe, Ariz., and new president of
the American Booksellers Association.
"Consumers are really
thinking about their discretionary income," she said. "If it costs a
lot of money to fill up your gas tank, you don't have a lot of extra
money for a book."
Shanks expressed optimism about the next
generation of booksellers: "The emerging leaders and the young
booksellers who I've interacted with over the past few years have an
energy and passion for bookselling that touches my heart. They need
mentoring but also are teaching me new technologies, new ways of
reaching young readers, marketing, doing events, and managing staff."
In its profile of Murder by the Book Mystery Bookstore, Portland, Ore., the Oregonian
noted that the bookshop "is celebrating its 25th anniversary this
month, and founder Jill Hinckley doesn't have to follow an elaborate
series of clues to find the secret of its success."
customers," Hinckley said. "We have a very loyal following. People come
from across town and buy books from us that they could get cheaper at
one of the chains. We've had customers that have been with us since day
one. Their kids have been born and grown up and they've gone to
retirement homes, some of them. They've stayed with us."
"Two books and a beach towel" was the theme of special feature in the Rutland Herald's Vermont Sunday Magazine, which imagined "sending your local librarian or bookseller off alone to a deserted island this summer," with the catch that "each person is allowed to take only two books: one old favorite to reread, and one not yet read."
Among the booksellers interviewed were Sandy Scott, Galaxy Bookshop, Hardwick; Stan Hynds and Erik Barnum, Northshire Bookstore, Manchester Center; Dennis and Marsene Pryor, Annie's Book Stop, Rutland; Lynne and Bill Reed, Misty Valley Books, Chester; and Claire Benedict, Bear Pond Books and Rivendell Books, Montpelier.
Tree Children's Recordings and Books, Los Altos, Calif., was named
Small Business of the Year by state senator Joe Simitian (D.-Palo
Alto), according to the Palo Alto Daily News.
helps to be a bit of a dilettante throughout your life," Scott Sailor,
owner of Bruised Apple Books & Music, Peekskill, N.Y. told the Journal News in describing his eclectic stock, which is categorized under 250 different subject headings.
Heather Lyon, owner, manager and buyer of Lyon Books and Learning Center, Chico, Calif., has asked us how one should pronounce the last name of Andre Dubus III, saying, "It would help with bookselling if I were sure about this."
We recommend do-boose, rhyming with moose.
We're very sorry to note that Leda Liounis, director of inventory management and special projects at Sterling Publishing, died last Monday, May 26. She worked in the industry for 25 years at Wiley, Pocket Books, Golden Books and Random House in addition to Sterling.
Effective today, Leslie Graham Jobson has joined PGW as a field sales coordinator and will work in the company's Berkeley, Calif., office. For the past two years, Jobson was a buyer at Diesel: A Bookstore in Oakland and bought for Bookshop West Portal, the relatively new store in San Francisco opened by Neal Sofman. For 15 years, Jobson had been a manager and buyer at A Clean Well-Lighted Place for Books. She may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-685-7857.
A "Talk of the Town" piece in the New Yorker
magazine featured Michael Seidenberg's Brazen Head Books bookstore,
which was "originally situated in Brooklyn and, later, on East
Eighty-fourth Street in Manhattan, [and] has just reëmerged (after a
decade-long retirement) as a by-appointment-only concern, housed in an
apartment whose address Seidenberg would just as soon keep secret."
for a new twist to promote your books "on-air?" Tung Desem Waringin, an
Indonesian businessman and author of Marketing Revolution, "dropped 100
million rupiah, or about $10,700, from an aircraft Sunday to promote
his new book," CNN reported.