Reading Time Books, a 4,000-sq.-ft. store and cafe, opens officially this month in Dallas, Ore., the Statesman Journal reported. Owner Dawn Lynn has been aided in the venture by
Penny Cox, owner of the building in which the bookstore is located (she
is "kind of my angel"), and by her family (some will help staff the
store and cafe, and her father and husband are helping build fixtures).
The store will sell new and used books.
Early in October, Borders will land in Terminal B/C of the Philadelphia International Airport. The new 1,044-sq.-ft. store will stock more than 7,000 book titles, including audiobooks, as well as gift and stationery items.
Borders operates stores in a range of airports across the country.
In October 2009, Barnes & Noble plans to open a store in Lubbock, Tex., that replaces a nearby B&N. The new store will be in the South Plains Mall at Loop 289 and Slide Road. The day before that store opens, B&N will close its longtime location at 6707 Slide Road.
Morningside Bookshop, New York, N.Y., "is turning to locals for help," according to the Columbia Spectator,
which reported that the shop, which occupies a building owned by the
university, "has been granted multiple extensions on its rent and its
owner hopes to sell a portion of the shop to neighborhood investors."
& Noble has affected business, the Internet has affected business,
and the economy has affected business," said Peter Soter, the shop's
owner. "Books are a luxury item--they're not like clothes or
The bookstore plans to host a community outreach event on September 18.
"It's going to take a big novel to compete with the U.S. election this fall, and publishers are eager to supply one," Bloomberg reported in its preview of autumn fiction titles of note, including new works by Toni Morrison, Philip Roth and John Updike.
letter from your favorite author may seem like a good thing, but in
Robert A. Heinlein's case, that depended largely upon which box he
checked. Follow the New Yorker's Back Bench blog link to Kevin Kelly's Lifestream, which features a form letter the legendary sci-fi author once used to answer his voluminous fan mail. Among our favorites:
( ) You say that you have enjoyed my stories for years. Why did you wait until you disliked one story before writing to me?
) I don't sell books. All my books are in print & can be bought or
ordered at any bookstore or directly from publishers. Bookstores have
( ) I get 4 or 5 or more requests each week for
help in class assignments., term papers, or dissertations. I can't cope
with so many and have quit trying.
( ) Please do not write to me again.
Read Street, the Baltimore Sun
book blog, observed that "television executives are taking the silver
screen's lead and turning literature into prime-time entertainment. . .
. this year, I've counted at least eight shows on the lineup, including
NBC's new brainchild, Crusoe
. And that's not including the shows that now have their own book series. Cross-marketing galore."
Karen Rice has joined Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's trade and reference division as senior marketing manager for adult books and works in the company's New York office. She had been at Random House for 10 years, most recently as national account manager, Baker & Taylor, for Knopf and Crown, and district sales manager for independent booksellers in New York City, Connecticut and New Jersey, specialty retailers and B&N College.