At last week’s Winter Institute, Civic Economics and ABA released a groundbreaking new study, “Amazon and Empty Storefronts,” which details the overall negative impact that Amazon has had on Main Street retailers and jobs, and the communities in which they are located, across the country.
At Winter Institute 11, a panel of booksellers discussed strategies for connecting with Title I coordinators in their local schools and making use of federal funding to provide a robust education for underserved students.
Among the new and prospective booksellers at Wi11 were Rebecca George, who is opening Volumes Bookcafé in Chicago in a month, and Maggie and Wes Hansen, who are planning to open a bookstore in Austin, Texas, later this year.
Amazon’s plans to open new physical bookstore locations throughout the U.S. are “modest,” according to the New York Times, despite earlier media reports that Amazon was looking to open up to 400 bricks-and-mortar storefronts.
The Swans of Fifth Avenue, which evokes Truman Capote’s entrée into socialite Babe Paley’s rarified life and his ultimate betrayal of her, is a “fun, kind of gossipy read” that author Melanie Benjamin hopes readers will enjoy.
The IndieBound Refresher pack, which was created at the request of booksellers looking to re-familiarize themselves with the IndieBound program, contains bookmarks, decals, rally cards, and pins that promote the power of shopping local.
The IndieCommunication newsletter of February 3 provides an update on changes to the IndieCommerce webinar schedule and topics, which are based on the results of a recent survey of IndieCommerce stores.
Sourcebooks Landmark is accepting customers’ nominations for the Readers, Recommend Your Bookstore sweepstakes through February 19. Top nominees currently include Anderson’s Bookshop, Page & Palette, and Left Bank Books, among others.
Panelists including Scott Turow, Doug Preston, Susan Cheever, Franklin Foer, and others discussed Amazon’s power in the book market and whether the government should investigate its practices during an event last week sponsored by New America.
As the UConn Co-op fights to remain the official bookstore for the University of Connecticut, supporters have launched a petition on Change.org before the bookstore selection committee meets on February 8.
Scattered Books settles in; Burlingham Books marks 10 years; Lido Village Books to expand, rebrand; Novel Neighbor profiled; The King’s English’s Betsy Burton honored; Porter Square’s Josh Cook launches “Better Book Tour”; BookPeople’s Julie Wernersbach to join Texas Book Festival
Dayton Literary Peace Prize accepting entries; Villarosa Media to publish first book; Bookstore café specialist joins Paz & Associates; Survey by children’s publisher correlates lack of diverse books to lack of diverse staff; Ella Boureau named Lambda Literary’s awards administrator; 2016 PEN Literary Awards shortlists announced