Christmas has come early for booksellers with the announcement that J.K. Rowling's The Tales of Beedle the Bard will be published for charity December 4. The Associated Press (via USA Today)
reported that the Children's High Level Group hopes to raise $8 million
through sales of the "five wizarding tales referred to in Rowling's
Scholastic will publish the U.S. edition, while
Amazon, which purchased one of the seven original, handwritten copies
last year at auction for almost $4 million, "plans a more expensive
collectors' edition priced at $100."
Rothenberger, owner of Nomad Bookhouse, Jackson, Mich., sent an e-mail
to customers Thursday announcing that both the bookstore and the
historic building that houses it are for sale. The Citizen Patriot
reported that Rothenberger and her husband, James, "aren't closing the
store, but putting it up for sale in hopes of finding a buyer who will
continue running it."
"The business itself has done nothing but
grow since we opened in 2005 and I am confident that we have just begun
to see what Nomad can be," Bridget wrote in the e-mail. "I have faith
that she will go onto another leg in her journey with someone suited
perfectly to fully take the reins and continue the dream."
While book prices in Canada have dropped, partly because of the weak U.S. dollar, sales in the first quarter ended June 28 at Indigo Books & Music rose 3.1% to $191 million ($US 186.5 million) and the net loss was $1.3 million ($1.27 million) compared to $2.8 million ($2.7 million) in the same period a year ago.
Sales at Indigo and Chapters superstores open at least a year rose 3.3% and sales at Coles small-format stores open at least a year were up 5.4%. Sales at chapters.indigo.ca rose 7.7% to $21 million ($20.5 million).
In a statement, CEO Heather Reisman said, "We are pleased that consumers continue to respond to lower book prices by buying and reading more."
Aimee McLear and Kelly Wright, who have just opened Chapters Book Store in Pittsfield, Mass. (Shelf Awareness, July 16, 2008), were Waldenbooks managers and then worked at a Borders in Lee, Mass., that closed, according to the Advocate Weekly. They have hired Nick Beckwith as events coordinator and Kathy Torrey as a bookseller.
"The great thing about being an independent bookstore is we make the rules," McLear told the paper. "We can involve the community, be open to what they need from us. There are local authors who are marketing their books, and we want to help them promote their work as they help us promote our store."
The 3,000-sq.-ft. store celebrates its grand opening this weekend. Chapters is having a Breaking Dawn party late tonight. Tomorrow the store will offer activities for children, and on Sunday it will be open for the Ethnic Fair.
Chapters Book Store is located at 78 North St., Pittsfield, Mass. 01201; 413-443-2665.
Bookselling This Week congratulates Page & Palette, Fairhope, Ala., which is marking its 40th anniversary this month. To celebrate, the store, owned by Karin Wilson, has published "an impressive 48-page color newsletter, Forty Years at the Heart of Fairhope: Special Anniversary Edition. It features a list of the store's bestselling backlist titles over the past 10-plus years, profiles of more than 60 Fairhope businesses and their owners, authors' comments about the bookstore, and photos of past events."
Beginning today, Consortium Book Sales & Distribution is offering free freight to trade accounts, which means that Consortium and other Perseus Books Group distribution companies Perseus Distribution Services and Publishers Group West will all have the same discount terms.
Consortium said that as a result of the change, customers will "find their ordering process simplified" and Consortium publishers "will experience increased volume in direct sales to retail accounts and will have the ability to identify which accounts are buying their books." The company also said it is making the change "to be more competitive with the many large publishing houses that already offer free freight and to support its independent sales representatives."
In a statement, Consortium president and COO Julie Schaper said, "We are thrilled to be able to offer free freight to our customers and ensure the growth of Consortium publishers' business in a particularly challenging marketplace. These new terms will benefit all of our accounts by making it easier to purchase our publishers' books and keep them in stock."
The Association of American Publishers is launching a pilot program called Book Editors Online and Unscripted, a series of webcasts that makes its debut in September. In each of the live, 30-minute shows, two editors will talk about their upcoming titles--a style reminiscent of BEA's very popular Editors' Buzz panel. A Q&A, moderated by Sara Nelson, editor-in-chief of Publishers Weekly, will follow. Booksellers and media will be able to call in or type questions for the editors.
Bob Miller, the AAP's trade executive committee chair (who is also starting HarperStudio), said that there are three reasons for launching the program: "As an industry, we have all been faced with the ongoing challenge that newspapers are devoting less space to book reviews and reviewers' travel budgets are being slashed. Secondly, up until now there has been no organized format to allow media to hear from multiple book publishers on Winter 2009 titles across publishing houses. Book Editors Online and Unscripted is a way we hope will engage the nation's book media from coast to coast on new upcoming titles digitally and without leaving their desks. Thirdly, we want to create a forum for the nation's booksellers to join us by calling in to participate or visiting our post production web site."
BookStream's TitleWave event, which was scheduled for this coming Monday, August 4, in Princeton, N.J., is being postponed until the fall. The company said that TitleView had "generated high interest. However, due to staffing constraints during a busy summer vacation period, there were a number of last-minute cancellations." TitleWave events feature author appearances, picks of the lists and bookseller discussions of favorite titles, among other things.
Effective immediately, National Book Network is distributing:
- CK Media, Golden, Colo., which publishes books on scrapbooking and crafts.
- Helen Exley, Watford, U.K., a longtime gift book publisher.
- Protean Press, Rockport, Mass., which publishes fiction and nonfiction books.
Here's a list likely to generate debate: American comic book
writer and editor Danny Fingeroth chose the top 10 graphic novels for
- Maus by Art Spiegelman
- Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi
- The Quitter by Harvey Pekar and Dean Haspiel
- A Contract with God by Will Eisner
- It's a Good Life, if You Don't Weaken by Seth
- Stop Forgetting to Remember by Peter Kuper
- Kings in Disguise by James Vance and Dan Burr
- Brooklyn Dreams by J.M. DeMatteis and Glenn Barr
- Alice in Sunderland by Bryan Talbot
- Why I Hate Saturn by Kyle Baker