- 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.
- 2014 Nov 20
More Than Just a Place to Buy Books
Bryan David Griffith spent a year photographing more than 20 independent bookstores around the country for 'The Last Bookstores: America’s Resurgent Independents.'
- 2014 Nov 14
The Publishing War Is Over
But, says David Streitfeld at the 'New York Times,' the fear of Amazon isn't.
- 2014 Nov 06
P&P to Open Satellite Locations
In a move to expand its retail operation and cultural offerings, Politics and Prose Bookstore will open five satellite locations in Busboys and Poets restaurants around the Washington area.
- 2014 Nov 05
Time Running Out for Posman Books
Employees and customers anticipate the December 31 closure of the Grand Central store.
- 2014 Oct 31
The Bookery to Close
The Pueblo, Colo. store that that first opened more than 60 years ago, will close after today, current owner Faith Bent said.
- 2014 Oct 30
Florida Bookstore Seeks Nonprofit Status
The owners of Wild Iris Books, the last feminist bookstore in Florida, are pursuing a nonprofit status in order to keep the store open.
- 2014 Oct 28
Sale anticipated for Germany's Thalia
The dismantling of German retailing group Douglas by its American owners Advent International is gathering pace, and with it speculation that a sale of the Douglas-owned book chain Thalia is imminent, possibly even this year.
- 2014 Oct 23
Final Days of the Bronx B&N
The 'New York Times' profiles the Bronx's last, and about-to-leave, bookstore, examining the Barnes & Noble that opened in the borough in 1999.
44 Great American Bookstores
Shops that every bibliophile should visit, rounded up at Buzzfeed.
- 2014 Oct 22
The Bronx to Go Bookless
The only bookseller left in a borough of 1.4 million residents will soon be shutting down for good.
- 2014 Oct 21
Sleep Over at Waterstones
Waterstones is offering 10 competition winners the chance to stay overnight in one of its shops, after a U.S. tourist found himself locked inside the Trafalgar Square branch of the bookstore last Thursday.
In a Bookstore in Paris
Bruce Handy takes a look inside the history and legacy of Shakespeare and Company for 'Vanity Fair.'
- 2014 Oct 20
The Endangered Bookstores of New York
A new set of drawings and stories from Bob Eckstein at the 'New Yorker.'
- 2014 Oct 14
Amazon to Open Pop-Up
Amazon confirmed plans to open a retail store in San Francisco, after reports last week that the company may open its first brick-and-mortar store in New York City.
- 2014 Oct 10
Weird and Wonderful Bookstores
Pictures of some of the world’s most exotic stores, featured in 'The Bookshop Book.'
Amazon Shops for Real Estate in NYC
Amazon is taking over an entire building on 34th Street across from the Empire State Building, according to construction and real estate executives, raising questions about just what the giant retailer is up to.
- 2014 Oct 08
Can Pop-Ups Change Book Buying?
Starting tomorrow, Londoners passing through Cecil Court, in the heart of Soho’s second-hand book trade, will find a new arrival: a temporary “pop-up shop” devoted to the productions of just one publisher, Faber & Faber.
- 2014 Oct 07
Spellbound Books Celebrates Milestone
Spellbound Books in Asheville, N.C., celebrates 10 years.
Kinney's Bookstore Set to Open
Jeff Kinney's bookstore in Plainville, Mass., may open in the spring.
Bookstore Goes Crowdsourcing Route
Alexandria, Va., bookstore, Hooray For Books! launches a crowdsourcing campaign.
Indy Bookstore Appeal Denied
The U.S. Supreme Court declined an appeal Monday from the city of Indianapolis defending a 2003 ordinance stipulating the operating hours of adult bookstores.
- 2014 Oct 06
Portland's In Other Words Could Close
The Portland bookstore and community center, which has gained recognition as a filming location for the TV show 'Portlandia,' may close without an infusion of support.
- 2014 Oct 01
Oldest Indie in Twin Cities to Close
The Bookcase in Wayzata, founded in 1963, will shut its doors October 18, owner Charlie Leonard said Tuesday.
- 2014 Sep 29
Amazon's Effect on Local Economies
Jeff Bezos has forged an empire by exploiting low-wage workers and extracting billions in government subsidies, says Jim Hightower at AlterNet.
- 2014 Sep 26
Saving Paris's Oldest Bookstore
Librairie Delamain's rent is being hiked to 100,000 euros a year. Will a uniquely French determination to save a cultural icon triumph over e-books, Amazon, and foreign landlords?
- 2014 Sep 24
Bookstore Sues over 'Revenge Porn' Law
A group of local bookstore owners, librarians, publishers and photographers has filed a federal lawsuit challenging Arizona's new "revenge porn" law, saying it goes far beyond protecting people from vindictive former significant others.
- 2014 Sep 19
Bookstore Battle Comes to an End
Fired Book Culture employees returned to work with higher wages and health benefits following a summer showdown with the management.
- 2014 Sep 17
The Strand Evacuated
Tuesday afternoon, an irritant, possibly pepper spray, was released in The Strand Bookstore in New York City. The bookstore was evacuated, and those who inhaled the irritant were treated on the scene.
- 2014 Sep 12
Why Indies Are On the Rise Again
Borders and B&N tried to compete with Amazon, and failed. Independent stores can’t even try—nor do they have to.
Amazon Expanding in Seattle
The online-retail giant submitted two different proposals to build two additional towers, in different configurations, across from the three blocks already designated for 37- or 38-story buildings at its future high-rise campus in Denny Triangle.
- 2014 Sep 05
Amazon's Long-Term Strategy
NPR's Laura Sydell reports the company is willing to risk upsetting some customers and authors temporarily as it pursues a long-term strategy for books.
- 2014 Sep 03
Visible Voice to Shutter
The Cleveland independent bookstore will be closing its doors on September 27.
- 2014 Aug 25
British Readers Lost in Translation
British readers are devouring foreign fiction in record numbers amid a mini-boom in translated novels, inspired by the success of Scandinavian authors such as Jo Nesbø.
Top 10 Art & Design Bookstores
Here are of 10 of the most sensational bookstores around the world where the selection of books on contemporary art, design, architecture, fashion and photography is unsurpassed, via the Huffington Post.
Amazon's Culture Clash with France
Amazon’s rise has provoked fear and suspicion from the French government that its tactics may be undermining a treasured part of French culture: its bookstores.
- 2014 Aug 20
WHSmith Stocking Amazon Paperbacks
WHSmith is stocking paperback books published by Thomas & Mercer, a crime fiction imprint of Amazon Publishing.
- 2014 Aug 19
Former FIT Student Sues B&N
Diana Rubio says she designed the ‘Everything Backpack’ when assigned to come up with a ‘Back to Campus’ idea for Barnes & Noble for her class at the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2010.
- 2014 Aug 14
Tampa Bookstore Partners with Rizzoli
The Oxford Exchange book shop is clearing out half the store’s inventory to devote the floor space to Rizzoli books, as part of a partnership with the luxury publishing house.
Douglas Puts Bookstore Chain up for Sale
German retailer Douglas has launched a sale of its Thalia book stores division, which is facing stiff competition from Amazon, two people familiar with the deal said.
- 2014 Aug 13
Amazon Gets in the Payment Game
Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit-card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smartphones and tablets.
- 2014 Aug 12
Best Little Bookshop Launches in Beta
International online boutique bookseller Best Little Bookshop has launched in beta form, with the intention of offering “millions” of titles.
- 2014 Aug 11
Amazon's Standoff with Disney
At issue are contract terms for some of Disney’s biggest DVD/Blu-Ray titles — including 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier' and 'Maleficent.'
Reinventing the Bookstore
Four architecture and design firms “create the bookshop of their dreams.”
- 2014 Aug 08
Disney Preorders Disappear on Amazon
The preorder option for almost every title from Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment has been removed on Amazon, in an apparent repeat of what Warner Home Video went through earlier this summer.
- 2014 Aug 01
Amazon's Failed Pitch to Authors
Gauging the author response to Amazon's defense of its tactics, at the "New Yorker."
- 2014 Jul 29
Amazon Planning Credit Card Reader
Amazon will launch a credit card reader to take on Square, PayPal and iZettle, according to leaked documents.
- 2014 Jul 28
Amazon to Open New Warehouses in India
Amazon's Indian unit will open five new warehouses in the country, which will almost double its storage capacity to half a million square feet, the company said in a statement on Monday.
- 2014 Jul 24
Teachers Pick Best Bookstores
A list of 14 best children's bookstores in the U.S., as selected by teachers.
World's Coolest Bookstores
Rounded up at CNN.
WME Launches Pop-Up Bookstore
The agency has created a pop-up bookstore, Gimme Books, to sell clients’ books at all WME and IMG events going forward.
- 2014 Jul 23
Last Chapters in San Francisco
The threat to the city's bookstores goes beyond Amazon and e-books to rising rents and demand for commercial space.
- 2014 Jul 22
Indie Authors Raise Doubts about KU
Independently published authors have responded with caution to Amazon’s launch of its new subscription service Kindle Unlimited.
St. Mark's Reopens in New Home
New York City's St. Mark’s Bookshop began a new chapter over the weekend, opening a new location on East Third Street after rising rents forced the bookstore from its longtime Third Avenue home.
Why Amazon Terrifies Publishers
One author takes a look at royalty statements.
- 2014 Jul 17
Weltbild Finds New Investor
The administrator of insolvent German bookseller Weltbild said on Wednesday he had broken off talks with investor Paragon Partners and agreed to do a deal with restructuring specialist Droege International Group instead.
- 2014 Jul 15
Diesel to Close Malibu Shop
Bummer news for beachside bookworms: in just a few months, Diesel, A Bookstore at Malibu Country Mart, will officially close its doors for good.
- 2014 Jul 14
A Friendly Giant, as Long as It’s Fed
From household names to deeply obscure scribblers, authors are inflamed this summer, perhaps more deeply divided than at any point in nearly a half-century, over Amazon's grip on the cultural machinery.
- 2014 Jul 11
'Blood Feud' Tops 'Hard Choices'
Ed Klein's book about the Clintons and Obamas has apparently outsold Hilary Clinton's new memoir.
- 2014 Jul 02
Amazon Defends Tactics in HBG Fight
Amazon executive Russ Grandinetti said that the online retail giant is working "in the long-term interest of our customers."
- 2014 Jul 01
Brand Bookshop to Close
Glendale's Brand Bookshop will close after 29 years in business. Owner Jerome Joseph, now in his mid-80s, has decided to retire.
- 2014 Jun 27
Fired for Unionizing, Say Staffers
Following the union elections on Tuesday, the owners of Book Culture, Columbia students' unofficial go-to hub for course books, bestsellers and childrens’ literature have fired five of their 30 employees.
- 2014 Jun 24
Jeff Kinney's Brawny Bookstore
An interview with Jeff Kinney and wife Julie about their children's bookstore.
Amazon Taking Warner Bros Preorders
Amazon has resumed preorders of movie discs from Time Warner Inc's Warner Bros Studio as the companies are close to resolving a pricing dispute, the "Wall Street Journal" reported citing people familiar with the matter.
Broadway Books Co-Owner to Retire
Roberta Dyer, the co-founder of Broadway Books in Northeast Portland, said she is retiring after 22 years. Co-owner Sally McPherson is looking for a partner or partners to buy 50 percent of the store.
- 2014 Jun 23
Booksellers Score Points in HBG Feud
Amazon’s decision to take a hard line with Hachette seems to have provided a sudden competitive advantage for other booksellers, large and small.
- 2014 Jun 17
Limbaugh Attacks Busboys and Poets
Rush Limbaugh blasted the Washington, D.C. store, which is operated by the nonprofit Teaching for Change, for not selling his new children's book, "Rush Revere and the First Patriots."
- 2014 Jun 16
Labor Department Probes Worker Deaths
Two workers have died at Amazon fulfillment centers since December, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, adding to safety questions about the warehouses where packages are shipped to customers.
How to Quit Amazon
And shop in an actual bookstore (via "Esquire").
Amazon Seeks to Tether Consumers
The retailer is expected to introduce a smartphone on Wednesday at an event in Seattle, a long-rumored project that aims to close any remaining gap between the impulse to buy and the completed act.
- 2014 Jun 13
Fake Book Exposed Amazon's Fatal Flaw
The Living Wages campaign has shown that Amazon's perceived strengths – and Jeff Bezos's silence – can be used against it.
Hearthside Books Retains Local Ownership
After 15 months on the market, Juneau’s Hearthside Books has been sold to a local teacher.
- 2014 Jun 11
Amazon Stops Time Warner Pre-Orders
The Everything Store is shrinking again. Amazon customers who want to order forthcoming Warner Home Video features are finding it impossible to do so.
- 2014 Jun 09
Bookshop at New Urban Outfitters
The specialty retailer, known for its eclectic apparel and novelty items, on Saturday opened a 57,000-square-foot store in New York City, complete with a hair salon, coffee bar, and bookstore.
- 2014 Jun 06
Indie Booksellers Join Hachette's Battle
Shops are launching "I didn't buy it on Amazon" sticker campaigns, rallying customers and authors.
The Official Bookseller of 'Colbert'
Nobody at Powell's Books knew Wednesday morning the bookseller was about to get a high-profile plug that would send traffic at its online store into a historic spike.
- 2014 Jun 05
Amazon Planning Mystery Product Event
Amazon posted a teaser trailer to YouTube on Wednesday about an upcoming product launch event for what could be its rumored 3D smartphone.
How Amazon Hurts Authors, Readers, Pubs
A small, academic publisher details its experience with the retail giant.
- 2014 Jun 04
Walmart Cashes In During Feud
Walmart saw its book sales jump 70 percent when it began discounting titles affected by the dispute between Amazon and Hachette.
- 2014 Jun 03
Food for Thought to Close
Food For Thought Books, a staple of downtown Amherst, Mass. since the mid 1970s, announced Monday night it is closing for good as a continuing decline in business has left the store unable to meet payroll.
- 2014 May 31
Wessel & Lieberman to Close
The Seattle bookstore announced that after more than twenty years in business, it will close its doors soon.
- 2014 May 30
Distressed Store Raises $69k
The owner of debt-troubled Iconoclast Books in Ketchum, Idaho, Sarah Hedrick, is at 81 percent of her fundraising goal to keep the business afloat.
- 2014 May 28
McQuixote Books to Open in Portland
The city will have a new independent, featuring mostly used books, by June 21, the first official day of summer.