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Alice Munro’s ex-husband gives away the store, hands Munro’s Books to staff
July 15, 2014 | 1:20 pm

Here's a good and positive story for these days of doomsaying and handwringing over the fortunes of bookstores. Munro's Books in Victoria, British Columbia, founded in 1963 by Jim Munro and his then wife, Nobel laureate Alice Munro, is passing into the hands of its staff on the retirement of its founder. The thriving institution, "Canada's most magnificent bookstore," has been at its present 1108 Government Street premises since 1984, in a 1909 neo-classical building originally designed for the Royal Bank of Canada. Jim Munro, now 84, will hand the store over to four senior employees on his retirement in September,...

Morning Roundup: Still need publishers, First look at new iPhone screen?
July 8, 2014 | 9:00 am

iphone screenWhy We Still Need Publishers (Book Riot) I was surprised to get this response, because I’ve always been vocal about the fact that, yes, we need publishers. I want to clear up the idea that I’m egging people onto the anti-publishing bandwagon. *** 2014 Smashwords Survey Reveals New Opportunities for Indie Authors (Smashwords) This year, we break new ground with more data, including survey questions that explore preorders and series, two categories of inquiry that weren't possible in prior years. *** This Could be the First Look at the New iPhone's Sapphire Glass Screen (GigaOM) A leaked part provided to a French blogger appears to be...

Reinventing the Bookstore
July 7, 2014 | 6:25 pm

bookstoreThanks to Nate at The Digital Reader for his fascinating recap of an article from a magazine called 'More Intelligent Life' which offers a series of concepts for reinventing the physical bookstore. The concepts had some interesting ideas in them, such as customizable reading areas, and book displays elevated to high art. Some of the ideas are not terribly practical though, and I'm not sure how they could be realistically implemented into the bookstore of today. So, assuming that your goal is a) to keep the retail floor space actually profitable and b) to do so in an actually manageable and...

Morning Roundup: Do writers need a union? Reinventing the bookstore and more
July 7, 2014 | 9:00 am

books-262431_640How I Failed at my Book-Buying Ban (Book Riot) So in order to at least catch up a little bit on reading the books I already owned, I decided, at the beginning of 2013, that I wouldn’t buy books anymore... *** How J-Schools Are Tackling the Demand for Data Journalism Skills (Media Shift) Gone are the days where journalists could boast about not being math people. *** Do Writers Need a Union? (Hugh Howey) On the website ThePassiveVoice, commenters bring up trade and labor disputes and organizations, and I think these and class warfare comments I’ve seen elsewhere are spot-on. *** The Problem of Reinventing the Bookstore (The...

James Patterson buys good karma, wants you to know it
June 25, 2014 | 6:25 pm

James PattersonJames Patterson is in the news again - correction, James Patterson has bought himself a slot in the news again. And he wants you to know he's a giver. He's given more on top of what he gave before. He adores your bookstores. And he wants them to love him too. I know it's been hard. I know it's been cruel. I know you've counted the long dark empty days without a single James Patterson announcement or photo or headline in your favorite media. I know your newspaper ad pages have been dreary wildernesses without his unforgettable features or peerless words....

What does your ideal bookstore look like?
June 19, 2014 | 2:25 pm

ideal bookstoreBook Riot's charming 'Reading Lives' recently series posed this question: what does your ideal bookstore look like? Author Susie Rodarme enumerated her desired features: spacious design, large selection of small press books, comfortable seating, nighttime hours, recommendations sprinkled all over the store... It had me thinking back to my book-loving childhood, where I often dreamed about this very question. And my answer always came down to one thing: more books, more books, more books! And...I hate to turn this into one of those tiresome 'us vs them' print vs ebook debates, but...well, my dream has at last been realized. The ebook...

Redesigning the small bookstore
June 2, 2014 | 3:35 pm

books1What would the bookstore of the future look like? The Economist’s Intelligent Life magazine asked four Commonwealth architecture firms to come up with their futuristic vision for a small High Street bookshop with two floors of 1,000 square feet each, and a limited budget of £100,000 (about $168,000) to make all the improvements. The visions they came up with are certainly interesting. They differ in details, but they all agree that it’s not just a matter of moving furniture around to make it look nice. They need to redefine the bookstore’s business model, and then design a space to...

Not everyone has a local bookstore, nor should they have to
May 30, 2014 | 12:14 pm

img_1118 People like to talk about the importance of buying books in a local independent bookstore to help keep local independent bookstore culture alive—especially now that the mud is flying around about Amazon and Hachette squabbling with each other. Rather than support a bully, the thinking goes, you should buy books from a local instead. But as Kelly Jensen notes in BookRiot, that’s often not possible. It may even smack of “privilege.” Not all readers have access to brick and mortar stores. Not all readers have the capability to walk to their local indie...

Morning Roundup: February bookstore sales dropped. Which metrics really matter? and more
April 16, 2014 | 9:00 am

bookstore sales droppedThe Chicago Sun-Times Shuts Down their Comment Section (The Digital Reader) It’s widely accepted that the anonymity of the internet can turn almost anyone into a troll, and nowhere is this more true than in the comment section. *** February Bookstore Sales Dropped 6.8% (Publishers Weekly) Hampered no doubt by bad winter weather, bookstore sales fell 6.8% in February, to $791 million, compared to February 2013, according to preliminary estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. *** We are Drowning in Data About Readers and Attention, But Which Metrics Really Matter? (GigaOM) Thanks to the web and real-time measurement tools, the media industry has gone from having...

Indie bookstores doing fine: Now stop demonizing Amazon?
April 10, 2014 | 10:31 am

amazonSalon, rarely the most Amazon-friendly of venues, has just run another story on the state of the indie bookstore sector in the U.S., and found surprisingly positive trends. And naturally, being Salon, it saw fit to headline the report with a hit at Amazon like: "The independent bookstore lives! Why Amazon’s conquest will never be complete." In the article, Andrew Leonard picks up on the same kind of data that I instanced previously on the relative fortunes of indie bookstores and major book chains (Borders in particular, of course) in the era of digital disruption. "Brick-and-mortar bookstores aren’t dead, yet," he...

Morning Roundup: BooksOnBoard files lawsuit. UK court says electronic information is not property
March 27, 2014 | 6:46 am

BooksOnBoard files lawsuitDefunct Indie eBook Retailer BooksOnBoard Files Antitrust Lawsuit Against Apple, 5 Publishers (The Digital Reader) BooksOnBoard may have abruptly gone out of business last April but that doesn’t mean it’s completely gone. Some remnant is still active, and last week it filed an antitrust lawsuit. *** UK Court Says Information Stored Electronically is Not Property (Techdirt) It confirms that the property of "intellectual property" is of monopoly rights, not of the information in the creative work. And since that information cannot be possessed, it therefore cannot be stolen, despite what copyright maximalists would have us believe. *** Even the Biggest and Smartest Digital Publishers Still Have...

Do indie bookstores really have that much to fear from digital disruption?
March 26, 2014 | 6:25 pm

digital disruptionPublishing savant and veteran book world journalist Jane Friedman has just shared "5 Valuable Charts That Show How Publishing Is Changing" from her personal Pinterest board, which she uses "for speaking at conferences and providing insight into how the industry is changing." All of them are fascinating, and well worth perusing. But I'd like to concentrate on just one, and on just one finding from it. That chart, reproduced here, is Bowker’s Books & Consumers US's chart of the "Retailer share of books bought by US consumers, Jan 2010-Nov 2012. And it shows some of the patterns that you'd expect. For...