- 2015 Jul 31
Amazon Prime Gains on Improved Retention
The service now has 44 million U.S. members, spending on average about $1,200 per year, compared to about $700 per year for non-members.
- 2015 Jul 30
Amazon Dash Buttons Now On Sale
The gadget, which costs $4.99, allows customers to reorder products with the push of a button.
- 2015 Jul 29
Amazon's Drone Highway
During a conference at NASA’s Ames Research Center, Amazon's v-p of Amazon Prime Air laid out the online retailer’s vision for how unmanned aerial vehicles would be able to fly while avoiding planes, buildings and other obstacles.
- 2015 Jul 28
From California to France
Two bookstores with Bay Area roots help literary life thrive in Paris.
- 2015 Jul 27
Amazon may be planning brick-and-mortar grocery stores.
- 2015 Jul 24
André Leon Talley Dresses Rizzoli
The longtime 'Vogue' editor on his experience assembling the window book displays of the new Rizzoli store.
- 2015 Jul 22
Jet Needs More Than Low Prices
'Wired' on the new e-commerce site's challenge in facing down Amazon.
- 2015 Jul 21
How Jet Plans to Make Money
Marc Lore, Jet.com founder and CEO, shares his mission of powering the e-commerce retailer to $20 billion in revenue and approximately 15 million users by 2020.
- 2015 Jul 20
Taking Stock (for Once)
A self-styled hoarder makes a lucrative deal to close his Brooklyn bookstore.
'American Psycho' Pulled from Shelves
Bret Easton Ellis’s divisive novel has become the subject of a police raid, after a shop in Australia was asked to remove copies of the book from shelves when it was discovered to be on sale without the required plastic wrapping.
Online Startup Ready to Rival Amazon
The Hoboken-based startup, Jet.com, launches today as a plucky challenge to Jeff Bezos’s retail giant.
- 2015 Jul 17
Amazon's Biggest Bets
The retailer has come a long way from selling books out of a Seattle garage.
Clinton Swings by the Strand
Bill Clinton—perhaps looking for some reading material for the campaign trail—made an unannounced stop at the Strand bookstore near Union Square Thursday afternoon.
- 2015 Jul 16
Amazon Defends Prime Day
Amid some criticism, the retailer got defensive, uncharacteristically releasing an update during the sale to partially illustrate Prime Day’s impact.
- 2015 Jul 15
Once Upon a Crime on the Market
The owners of the beloved Minneapolis mystery bookstore are putting it up for sale.
The People You See in Every Bookstore
From "The Aisle-Sitter" to "The Guy Who’s Only There For Coffee," Bustle lists the types of people found in bookshops.
- 2015 Jul 07
Is Amazon Censoring Book Reviews?
'Consumer Affairs' reports that the retailer may be using false information to control book reviews.
- 2015 Jul 06
Black Friday, Meet Prime Day
On the eve of Amazon’s 20th birthday, the company introduces Prime Day, a global shopping event, with more deals than Black Friday, exclusively for Prime members.
Cinema Books to Close after 31 Years
The Seattle store, open since 1977, is known for its vast collection of film literature and the welcoming spirit of its owner, Stephanie Ogle.
- 2015 Jul 02
D.C. Losing a BAM Store
Books-A-Million is shuttering its Dupont Circle location on July 18 and has no plans to relocate in the District.
- 2015 Jul 01
A Healthy Future for Indigo Bookstores
Despite recent high-profile failures in Canadian retail, Indigo CEO Heather Reisman said Monday that the market is poised for a resurgence and her company is looking to grow.
- 2015 Jun 30
Indigo Dropping More Book Prices
The retailer is cutting prices on a wider array of books as it tries to keep customers coming to its physical stores in a digital age.
- 2015 Jun 29
B&N Files to Spin Off Campus Bookstores
Barnes & Noble filed plans for the previously announced spinoff of its college unit, a move intended to help the largest U.S. bookstore chain focus on navigating a changing market.
Bookstores Plan Rollout for 'Watchman'
The dozens of celebrations taking place in bookstores, theaters and libraries across the country on July 14 to mark the publication of another book by one of the United States’ most celebrated and enigmatic authors.
- 2015 Jun 26
A Book Buyer's Lament
Ken Kalfus's essay at the 'New Yorker.'
- 2015 Jun 19
Ten Best Indie Bookstores in the World
According to 'Guardian' readers.
Wyoming Bookstore Shutting Down
Main Street Books, the last bookstore in Lander, Wyo., recently announced that it will be closing after 17 years.
- 2015 Jun 18
Bookstore Caters to Syrian Refugees
A new venture in Istanbul, run by Syrian and Turkish book lovers, aims to be a cultural oasis for Arabic readers.
Bay Area B&N to Close
After 21 years in its central downtown location, Walnut Creek's last remaining major bookstore has lost its lease and is looking for a new location.
- 2015 Jun 17
Amazon May Crowdsource Deliveries
Sources say the new service, tentatively known as “On My Way,” would hire retailers in urban areas to store packages and pay regular people a small fee to make deliveries.
- 2015 Jun 16
Battling Bias on the Shop Floor
A bookseller explains how Kamila Shamsie’s call for gender equality in the industry, and the fiery debate it provoked, could lead to greater diversity all around.
- 2015 Jun 09
Nebraska Bookstore to Close in July
One of Lincoln's oldest retail establishments, Nebraska Bookstore, is set to shutter this summer.
- 2015 Jun 04
Inside Kinney's Bookstore
A look at Jeff Kinney's An Unlikely Story bookstore.
- 2015 May 28
Bookstores Are Hanging In
NPR looks at the "mini-revival" of independent bookstores, during a time when the technology of books is constantly changing.
- 2015 May 26
Bitcoin for a Book
A British Columbia university is now accepting the digital currency bitcoin at all of its bookstores, a move that staff claim is a first for Canadian post-secondary schools.
- 2015 May 18
Booksellers Heap Promos on New Lee Novel
High hopes for 'Go Set a Watchman' sales have inspired special events ranging from film screenings to read-a-thons.
- 2015 May 15
B&N to Shutter Forest Hills Store
The retailer plans on vacating one of its two remaining stores in Queens, as of January. The store has been open in the location since 1995.
- 2015 May 14
Wal-Mart Taking on Amazon Prime
The Associated Press has confirmed that Wal-Mart is planning to rival Amazon Prime with its own subscription shipping service.
- 2015 May 11
B&N Sued for Transgender Discrimination
Last week, a transgender woman who had worked for Barnes & Noble from 2007 to 2013 sued the bookseller in California Superior Court in Orange County for discrimination and harassment.
Iranian Bookstore in L.A.
An Iranian bookstore in Westwood gives exiles a taste of the freedoms they lost in their homeland.
Phantastic Books to Close
After experiencing lagging sales, Phantastic Books in downtown Lynchburg, Va. will end its roughly year-long run and close at the end of the month.
- 2015 May 07
Retail Vets Take Aim at Amazon
Two new services hope to compete with the giant e-tailer.
- 2015 May 05
Patterson Backs Bookshops with Donation
James Patterson has donated $100,000 to Australian and New Zealand bookstores.
Indigo Eyes U.S.
Bloomberg talks to Indigo Books and Music CEO Heather Reisman.
- 2015 Apr 16
Drone Delivery in 30 Minutes?
Amazon's delivery drones could make 30-minute deliveries a reality (and for a $1 fee).
A Colorado Haven for Readers
Two booksellers are seeking to create a rural, live-in library where visitors will be able to connect with two increasingly endangered elements — the printed word and untamed nature.
- 2015 Apr 14
An article about Jeff Kinney's bookstore.
- 2015 Apr 10
Amazon Sues to Block Fake Reviews
The retailer has sued three websites it accuses of purveying fake reviews, demanding that they stop the practice.
- 2015 Apr 06
Walmart Bans Ronda Rousey’s Book
The retail giant has banned the sale of a memoir by an Olympic medallist in mixed martial arts for being too violent.
- 2015 Mar 31
Purdue Involved in Amazon Lawsuit
The National Association of College Stores Inc., based in Ohio, is suing Purdue for access to a copy of the full contract between Amazon and the University.
- 2015 Mar 27
The Verge has obtained Amazon's "strict and far-reaching noncompete agreements."
- 2015 Mar 23
Authors Who Worked in Bookstores
Book Riot has 13 authors who have slung books for a living—some of whom still do.
- 2015 Mar 20
Amazon Wins Approval to Test Drones
Federal regulators have given Amazon a green light to begin testing drones, but it will most likely take years before the online retailer can start delivering packages from the air to peoples’ homes.
New Bookstore Coming to Hoboken
Little City Books, set to open May 2, will be Hoboken's first new bookstore in over a decade.
- 2015 Mar 19
Amazon Expands One-Hour Delivery
Amazon has expanded its one-hour delivery service to Baltimore and Miami, after a four-month test run in parts of New York City.
- 2015 Mar 17
'Fifty Shades' Banned Again
Just as the book made it back to the shelves of Boston College's bookstore, another university has banned the bestseller.
- 2015 Mar 16
'Fifty Shades' Back at BC
E.L. James’s S&M-themed bestseller was briefly pulled from the Boston College bookstore after a customer complained about seeing the erotic novel on the display.
- 2015 Mar 13
Boston College Pulls 'Fifty Shades'
The university's bookstore has decided to pull E.L. James’s bestseller from its inventory after customers complained about seeing the erotic novel on shelves.
- 2015 Mar 05
St. Paul Store Moving Downtown
Downtown St. Paul will welcome its first full-service independent bookstore in more than a decade when Sue Zumberge moves her SubText bookstore there from the Cathedral Hill neighborhood.
- 2015 Mar 03
East Hampton Store Pops Up in Manhattan
To coincide with the Armory Show, the East Hampton-based bookshop and gallery Harper’s Books will bring some of its rare inventory to Manhattan for a three-day pop-up at the Carlyle Hotel.
- 2015 Feb 27
B&N Stock Soars
Barnes & Noble stock closed up nearly 7% Thursday following news that the 658-store book chain was going to keep its embattled Nook e-reader rather than spin it off.
The Few, the Proud, the Independent
Contending first with the chains and more recently with Amazon, independent booksellers find survival tough but not impossible and lately new stores are thriving.
- 2015 Feb 26
Assessing the Health of Indies
The 'New York Times' takes a look at the trajectory of independent bookshops.
Bonnie Slotnick Opens In New Space
The cookbook store began a new chapter Wednesday afternoon by debuting its new East Village location.
- 2015 Feb 25
Borderlands to Stay in Business
Less less than 48 hours after the San Francisco bookstore posted a potential solution to its demise Thursday, it reached its own goal to avoid closure. More than 300 people signed up for $100 annual sponsorships, meaning the shop will stay afloat for at least the next year.
- 2015 Feb 24
Celebrating Bank Street
A celebration for Bank Street Book Store's new location.
- 2015 Feb 23
Can Sponsorship Save Small Bookstores?
The 'New Yorker' on Borderlands' attempt to keep its doors open.
- 2015 Feb 19
Where Can Amazon Fly Its Drones?
The FAA's proposed drone rules clip the wings of Amazon’s Prime Air delivery service in the U.S., but the online retailer could be eyeing other countries for testing to keep momentum going.
- 2015 Feb 18
Amazon's Drone Plans Nixed By Regulators
The retailer's drone delivery plans appear to have been shot down by U.S. regulators, who have proposed new rules that would require operators to keep the flying machines in their line of sight.
- 2015 Feb 13
Amazon is Killing Your Mailman
A postal worker on why the online retailer's Sunday service is a labor travesty.
- 2015 Feb 03
Amazon, The 'Greedy Giant'
To sell online, indie publishers must use Amazon. But its methods leave them out of pocket – or out of sight, paying hidden charges, says the founder of Linen Press.
- 2015 Jan 23
Sold Out 'Charlie Hebdo' Coming to B&N
The book chain is expected to get a limited number of copies of the publication — part of a new shipment of 20,000 copies headed to the U.S. — sometime next week.
- 2015 Jan 22
Japan's new Shonan T-Site bookstore sets the stage for the 21st century.
- 2015 Jan 16
10 Beautiful Bookshops
HuffPo has a roundup of stores that will stop you in your tracks.
- 2015 Jan 15
Bonnie Slotnick Cookbooks Has New Home
The store, which revealed in November that it was being forced out of its Greenwich Village location, will reopen in an 1830s brick rowhouse.
- 2015 Jan 13
Amazon Takes Over Textbooks at UMass
Starting next fall, students at the flagship Amherst campus will buy almost all textbooks from Amazon.com. The online retail giant has struck a deal with UMass to replace an on-campus “textbook annex” run by Follett Corp. with a smaller Amazon distribution center.
The Colorado Bookstore on Final Chapter
The venerable college book store on Boulder's University Hill district is expected to close this spring, said store officials and the bookseller's property owner.
- 2015 Jan 05
Comic Shops Thrive, Not Just Survive
While the struggles and closures of brick-and-mortar bookstores have made headlines in recent years, comic book stores in San Francisco have displayed an uncanny ability to adapt and survive.
- 2014 Dec 23
Strange Lessons from Life in a Bookstore
Six things one employee learned while working at a large chain bookstore.
Complete Traveller To Close
Due to a rent hike, New York City's Complete Traveller bookstore is closing its doors December 31, after 36 years in business.
Bookstore Turns to Community for Aid
That Bookstore in Blytheville, Ark. owner Chris Crawley is looking to the local community and beyond for restoration aid to help turn the store into a "top shelf" independent bookstore.
- 2014 Dec 22
Maddow 'Insulted' Indie Booksellers
At the Huffington Post, Book Passage co-owner William Petrocelli weighs in on comments Rachel Maddow made in a segment about Sony's decision to cancel 'The Interview.'
- 2014 Dec 18
Thalia 'Off the Market'
Less than four weeks after Advent appointed the investment bank Macquarie to find a buyer for its German bookselling operation Thalia, the U.S. investor has reportedly taken the chain off the market because none of the interested parties was prepared to pay the asking price.
Strand Staffer Favorites of 2014
These are the 11 books Strand's booksellers loved most this year.
Amazon Rolls Out Prime Now
The online retailer announced Prime Now, which offers one-hour delivery on tens of thousands of daily essentials to Prime members through a mobile app. The service launches in Manhattan today, with plans to expand to additional cities in 2015
- 2014 Dec 17
Wal-Mart to Step Up Competition
The recent rumor that Wal-Mart could buy the beleaguered Nook division from Barnes & Noble is a clear indication that the retail chain intends to heat up its retail rivalry with Amazon.
Bookstore Manager's Textbook Scheme
A former bookstore manager at Clarke University in Dubuque, Iowa will plead guilty on Thursday to creating a fake book wholesaling company as part of a scheme to steal $302,177 from the school.
- 2014 Dec 16
Google Wants to Launch Buy Buttons
Google has become the latest company to explore the launch of a “buy” button and other additional shopping features as it looks to beef up its e-commerce arsenal to fight off Amazon, the 'Wall Street Journal' reports.
The Bookstore That Bewitched the Stars
The Rizzoli in New York City was no ordinary bookstore in its seventies heyday. Celebrities flocked to this glamorous and buzzy temple of literature and culture.
Plenty of Time to Order Online
Amazon announced it has extended holiday shipping deadlines, allowing customers to order with free shipping by December 19, and receive items before the Christmas holiday.
- 2014 Dec 11
How Amazon Became 'Santa's Sweatshop'
Why the Supreme Court’s decision that Amazon doesn’t have to compensate workers for the time it takes to search them is a "slap in the face to blue-collar Americans everywhere," according to the Daily Beast.
- 2014 Dec 08
NY Gives Amazon $5M, to Bring 500 Jobs
Amazon.com is getting $5 million in tax credits from New York state to bring 500 jobs to a property across the street from the Empire State Building.
- 2014 Dec 03
Bezos: Books Are Too Expensive
Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos thinks books should be cheaper, he told Business Insider CEO Henry Blodget on stage at this year's Ignition conference.
- 2014 Dec 02
Moody's Lowers Amazon's Outlook
On Monday, Moody's Investors Service lowered its outlook for Amazon, after the online retailer indicated it is planning a notes offering.
- 2014 Dec 01
Group Launches 'Amazon Free' Guide
In the U.K., independent booksellers and WH Smith feature on an “alternative” shopping guide for Christmas created by campaign group Amazon Anonymous.
- 2014 Nov 26
Shop on Amazon, Underground
Amazon is the first advertiser to use the New York City transit system digital kiosks as pop-up stores to drive sales of holiday gifts.
- 2014 Nov 25
The Strand's Stand
How one of New York's most iconic bookstores keeps going in the age of Amazon.
New Store Coming to Sag Harbor
The Long Island town's new bookstore, Harbor Books, is opening Wednesday, taking over the space previously occupied by BookHampton.
- 2014 Nov 24
Authors Sign Up to Raise B&N Sales
In an effort to increase holiday sales, which have fallen for the last two seasons, Barnes & Noble is hoping to lure customers into stores this Black Friday with something book lovers cannot download: signed copies.
Nightclubs for Literature?
The Eslite store in central Taipei is open 24 hours, and has more night owl visitors than most Western bookstores could dream of during their daytime operations.