Notes: Newspaper Bestsellers; Graphic Novels Website
Good news for the embattled newspaper industry (for one day, at least). The Washington Post
reported that "in this twittering, pod casting, screen-viewing, digital
age, the morning after America's historic presidential election found
hundreds of people clamoring for something a bit more old-fashioned and
tangible: extra copies of the morning paper."
The Post, which had printed 30% more copies and sold out within hours, also noted that "shortly after they opened the bookstore, employees at the Dupont Circle bookstore Kramerbooks & Afterwords styled hats that said, 'Yes, we are out of the Post and NYT!'"
In Colorado, the Associated Press (via the Examiner) reported that Tattered Cover Book Store manager Ernie Garrison "ordered hundreds of extra copies of the New York Times to meet demand. Some of his customers had been driving around looking in vain for newspapers at grocery stores and convenience stores. He says demand for actual printed news hadn't been this strong since the Sept. 11 attacks."
The Book Report Network, whose flagship website is Bookreporter.com, plans to launch GraphicNovelReporter.com later this month. The new website will be edited by John Hogan, former editor of Pages magazine and a lifetime fan of comics and graphic novels.
GraphicNovelReporter.com will feature reviews, interviews, news, opinions, blogs, bestseller and "Best of" lists as well as Books Into Movies and Books Into Movies on DVD features. Because the audience for this market is diverse, the site will include content for adults, kids and teens. In addition, reviews and features targeting teens and kids will be posted simultaneously on Teenreads.com and Kidsreads.com.
In a statement, the company noted that the new site "will give readers of graphic novels what they've been waiting for--a fresh, in-depth look at these books and their creators. It's a website designed for those who love the many genres within the format--and those who are curious as to what the excitement of these titles is all about."
"We have been following the phenomenal growth in this market for the past year and are excited and energized by the opportunity to showcase these titles and creators to our readers," said Carol Fitzgerald, president of the Book Report Network. "We have been impressed by the market's double digit growth--and the commitment from librarians and educators who are embracing graphic novels in record numbers, as well as interest from booksellers. The site will deliver content that attracts and engages those already devoted to the format as well as those who are new to this exciting medium."
As the country settled into a state of post-election reflection, the Associated Press wondered about publishers' interest in a book by George W. Bush. The consensus advice for the soon-to-be former U.S. president: "Take your time."
"If I were advising President Bush, given how the public feels about him right now, I think patience would probably be something that I would encourage," said Paul Bogaards, executive director of publicity for Knopf.
"Certainly the longer he waits, the better," agreed Marji Ross, president and publisher of Regnery Publishing.
"I think any success will depend to a very large extent on the book," added Peter Osnos, founder of PublicAffairs. "Ronald Reagan was a very popular president, but his memoir was a breathtakingly boring book. It reflected nothing of the kind of charm and intelligence and wit Reagan showed in public. If George Bush wrote a book that was in any significant way revealing, it could be very interesting."
Author Curtis Sittenfeld, whose novel American Wife was inspired by First Lady Laura Bush, observed, "Personally, I would find a memoir by President Bush resistible."
Yesterday AbeBooks.com sold a signed first edition of The Audacity of Hope for $2,495 and seven other signed Barack Obama books for $1,000 or more. AbeBooks.com's Richard Davies reported that the President-elect's "signed books have been highly priced for a long time now, but people have not been put off by four-figure price tags."
"Bookspotting," a regular feature of the New Yorker's Book Bench blog, involves street observations of the city's more biblio-minded folks. Tuesday's Bookspotting: Election Day Special showcased New York City booklovers at the polls and was later updated with contributions from readers nationwide to "help us build an electoral map of books across the country."
In other presidential news, the Guardian's pop quiz asked, "How much do you know about White House residents in literature?"