Notes: Oasis Finds New Oasis; Gojaba Goes to Brazil
"Thanks to all the wonderful community support during our first two months in business," Jennifer and Kevin Coffee, whose Oasis Books sells used and new books, comics, toys and gifts "for the kid in all of us" (Shelf Awareness, April 9, 2008), are moving and expanding on July 1. Currently in the back room of Cannon Mine Coffee, the store will move to a spot between the Inspired Cottage and the soon-to-open Lafayette Art Market at 401 S. Public Rd., #3, Lafayette, Colo. 80026. Oasis Books's grand opening is set for the Fourth of July. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 303-665-9090.
Gojaba.com, launched in February in Russia and Sweden as a "no-frills, low-cost, subscription-only" version of parent company Abebooks.com, is expanding to Brazil. In Brazil, booksellers will be able to list up to 50,000 books for sale for about $10 a month, and sellers are not charged a commission on sales. The company commented: "Brazil, the world's fifth most populous nation, has a young tech-savvy population of more than 180 million that has already embraced Internet retailing. There is a strong book culture and demand for used and collectible books."
After four months, Gojaba (not to be confused with the frequent Yankee Stadium chant, "Go, Joba!") offers more than 500,000 books from more than 130 booksellers in 16 countries. Gojaba expects to expand into Poland later this year.
Joan Gelfand has been named president of the Women's National Book Association. A writer whose poetry collection Seeking Center was published last year by Two Bridges Press, she is past president of WNBA's San Francisco chapter and has been on the national board for four years.
Joining Gelfand on the board are vice president Mary Grey James, lead buyer for Ingram; treasurer Margaret Auer, Dean, University Libraries/Instructional Design Studio, University of Detroit Mercy; and secretary Ruth Light, a Los Angeles teachers writer.
"Do your upfront analysis about whether there is actually a business
opportunity very diligently. Then when you decide to go for it, really
go for it," Nicola Rooney, co-owner of Nicola's Books, told the Ann Arbor News in a recent "My Business" profile in which she was asked for advice to people considering starting a business.
She added that the "main challenge facing the book business is there are so many other calls for people's time now. . . . With all the electronics out there, there are so many other things people can be doing other than reading."
Rooney also was up to the challenge of offering her thoughts on how she would like to change the world: "I'd like to get people to consider the bigger consequences of the decisions they make as consumers," she said. "[T]he more the smaller, independent businesses disappear, the fewer choices that are available. If you really think darkly about it, it could be downright dangerous for the freedom of speech."