Isa Ventura, co-owner of the Purple Cow, a children's bookstore in Tooele, Utah, near Salt Lake City, told the Tooele Transcript Bulletin that she expects a good crowd for her store's first holiday season, saying, "We've been getting a lot of remarks that people are thrilled we're here and that they don't have to drive to Salt Lake anymore."
[Editor's note: For a detailed account of one store's approach to the holiday season and tough times, see Deeper Understanding below.]
In October, online spending grew just 1%, its lowest rate since 2001, the Wall Street Journal reported. According to comScore, the biggest drop in sales online has been from "mid-to-lower income familes that make less than $50,000 a year." Higher-income consumers have increased spending online but not as much as in the past.
The trend "doesn't bode well" for Amazon.com and eBay, among other large online retailers, the Journal added.
Robin's Book Store, Philadelphia, Pa., is closing its street-level retail store and ceasing to sell most new books, effective January 31.
But owner Larry Robin, whose grandfather founded the store in 1936, emphasized that he is not going out of business: he will continue to operate Robin's on the second floor of the building "with used books, selected new books, author events, poetry readings and other cultural presentations. I plan on increasing our web presence and continue to arrange author events at other venues. Arrangements have been made with the African American Museum of Philadelphia to present African American authors, Asian Arts Initiative to present Asian American authors, the Historical Society of Pennsylvania to present authors of books on history, the Cosmopolitan Club and several other institutions. I have established a Crime Fiction Club with a Sunday brunch at an area restaurant and am working on other 'club' type book events."
Robin is canceling winter spring 2009 orders and accepting shipments only through Christmas. He asked publishers to continue sending catalogues and to keep the store's accounts open.
Mansfield's Book Loft, Mansfield, N.J., offers "more than the average bookstore," according to the Warren Reporter. Owners Daryl and Anne Zinn "have put all their efforts
into attaining, as Daryl puts it, the 'family feeling in a bookstore'
that encourages literacy among parents and children."
Revolutionary Grounds Books and Coffee, Tucson, Ariz., "is not the place for the red state, conservative crowd," the Tucson Citizen reported.
are a leftist political bookstore," said co-owner Joy Soler, adding,
"We're not trying to bring on a communist revolution in Tucson. We're
just trying to improve the world."
The Pope has a bookstore. Catholic News Service
reported that "Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone, Pope Benedict XVI's top aide,
spoke at the Nov. 18 opening of the Pope Benedict XVI International
Bookstore just outside St. Peter's Square."
The Lake County News-Sun
showcased Paige Turner Books, Zion, Ill., and owner Donna Flammini, who
said that when she and her husband, Frank, founded their business in
2004 at the site of the former Bickett's Pharmacy, "I knew I wanted it
to be in that building, on that corner, and it had to be a bookstore."
Effective next month, the University of Arkansas Press will be the exclusive distributor of Moon City Press, which is an imprint of the Missouri State University departments of English and Art and Design. The Press focuses on arts and letters and Ozarks history and culture. The books are full collaborations between students and faculty.
Spring titles from Moon City Press include For, From, About James T. Whitehead edited by Michael Burns, a collection of pieces about the novelist and poet who died in 2003 whose contributors include Jimmy Carter, C.D. Wright, John Dufresne and Miller Williams; The Panther: Posthumous Poems by James T. Whitehead; and Living and Dying in West Texas: A Postmodern Scrapbook by Jim W. Corder.