Online retailers expect sales growth to slow during the holiday season, although half of them expect to see their online sales rise at least 15%, according to a Shop.org survey of 60 e-tailers, quoted by the Wall Street Journal.
The survey by the National Retail Federation unit also found that a majority of respondents will offer free shipping, but 21% of them said they would raise the minimum purchase requirement. And nearly half of the e-tailers are upgrading their websites by adding product videos, customer reviews and clearance-sale pages as well as creating Facebook pages.
Aria Booksellers, Howell, Mich., will not be closing after all. The Livingston Daily
reported that the bookstore, owned by Mary Ellen Aria, will stay open
in the downtown area, but move to a new location. Earlier this year (Shelf Awareness, May 27, 2008), Aria had said that she was hoping to sell because "I just can't fight the fight by myself anymore."
decided I was selling a lot of my books online and I still am and I
thought that's cool," said Aria, "but I also had a lot of phone sales
and my good customers are calling me, so where are they going to pick
up their books?"
In June 2010, Barnes & Noble plans to open a store in the Elk Grove Promenade in Elk Grove, Calif., near Sacramento.
Butterfly Books, De Pere, Wis., will close at the end of January unless a buyer is found for the children's bookstore. The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported "owners Mark and Barbara Wilson are moving to Utah in the spring."
"We are saying it is business as usual," Barbara said. "We have so many books on the shelves and we are going to continue to get our favorite books and have our story times (and all our classes). We are going to keep going to the very end. . . . Amazingly, we are even with last year. Sales have been great."
"We love sharing books with others. It's a fun thing," Sue Boucher, owner of Lake Forest Book Store, Lake Forest, Ill., told the Lake County News Sun, which reported that Boucher "assumed ownership 13 years ago when the previous owner was going to liquidate the store. At that point, Lake Forest Books had not yet been in business for 50 years. Boucher said she felt that it needed to hit that mark, since it opened in 1949."