- 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.
- 2014 May 22
Goodbye Amazon, We're Through!
Laura Miller, at "Salon," quit Amazon because of its "monopolistic tactics." Is it impossible for book publishers to do the same?
Astoria's Enigma Bookstore Closing
Enigma Bookstore, in Queens, is closing this June after "extensive disagreements" with its landlord. The first of Astoria’s new wave of book shops opened just 10 months ago, and featured a curated selection of sci-fi, mystery, and fantasy books.
- 2014 May 21
Amazon Creates E-book Single Section
Amazon has quietly developed an ambitious new section on its books website called Short Reads that could spark a surge in consumer consumption of e-book singles.
- 2014 May 12
Lost Booksellers of New York
Literary merchants reigned once upon a time, but not happily ever after.
- 2014 May 09
B&N Banking on College Kids
The chain has set its sights on college campuses to solve its financial woes.
Marcus Books Evicted
For more than half a century, Marcus Books has been a center of black San Francisco's intellectual and cultural life—the store was shuttered Tuesday by the Fillmore Street building owner after rent fell into arrears.
- 2014 May 06
Book City to Reopen
Independent bookseller Book City, which closed two locations in the last two years, will reopen in Bloor West Village in Toronto in June.
- 2014 May 05
Surviving as Small and Specialized
New York City's Posman Books is bucking a trend. Other booksellers — both independents and big chains like Barnes & Noble — are closing stores in Manhattan, but Posman is getting ready to open its fourth store in the city.
- 2014 Apr 29
Giovanni's Room to Close
A longtime staple in the Philadelphia LGBT community is closing its doors—the country’s oldest LGBT bookstore, Giovanni’s Room, will close May 17.
Bookstore Opening in Coeur d’Alene
The 2,700-square-foot Idaho store will sell books, greeting cards and educational games.
- 2014 Apr 22
State Taxes Take a Toll on Amazon Sales
In one of the first efforts to quantify the impact of states accruing more tax revenue from Internet purchases, a study released this month found that sales dropped for Amazon when the online charge was introduced.
Posman Headed for Brookfield Place
Posman Books has snagged some space at the lower Manhattan shopping center, which is now 85% leased.
- 2014 Apr 21
Other Tiger to Close
If a buyer doesn't come forward, the Other Tiger Bookstore in Westerly, R.I. is set to close at the end of April.
- 2014 Apr 16
A History of Love (of Bookstores)
From Janet Potter, in the Millions.
- 2014 Apr 15
The Death of Rizzoli
Jon Michaud reflects on the legendary Rizzoli Bookstore’s final hour of business at the "New Yorker."
- 2014 Apr 14
Six Thriving NYC Indies
And how they do it.
Marcus Books Misses Fundraising Mark
Nonetheless, community members remain hopeful that the country’s oldest black bookstore can still be preserved.
- 2014 Apr 11
Amazon Pays Staff $5k If They Quit
The intent of the program is to ensure that Amazon only retains people who really, really want to work at Amazon.
Beautiful Photos of Bygone Bookstores
Indulge in some literary nostalgia and appease your book-beauty tooth (you know you’ve got one) with these lovely photos of old bookstores.
Parting is Not-So-Sweet Sorrow
The current home of Shakespeare & Company, 716 Broadway, was listed for rent by Massey Knakal Realty Services yesterday morning.
W.H. Smith to Operate Franchises
WH Smith is moving into operating franchise stores for other retailers including Marks & Spencer as the books to paperclips retailer develops a growing portfolio of brands.
- 2014 Apr 03
Gauging Kindle Sales
"Forbes" estimates how much Amazon makes each year on e-book sales alone.
- 2014 Apr 01
Paper vs. Digital Debate is Exhausted
Tim Waterstone's claim that e-books are in decline isn't persuasive – and there are far more urgent matters for readers to discuss.
Another Indigo Location to Close
Just one day after the closing of Toronto's World’s Biggest Bookstore, word emerged that the Indigo retail chain has given its 60-day notice to end the lease at another of its prominent downtown Toronto locations, the Chapters store at the intersection of John and Richmond.
- 2014 Mar 31
BOOK’em Mysteries to Close
The South Pasadena, Calif. shop will close shop April 30, after 24 years in business.
- 2014 Mar 28
Portland Bookstore to Close
Annie's Book Stop will close for good on Saturday after 30 years in business. Owner Alice Moisen says the book shop survived tough times and managed to stay open, while dozens of the similar shops closed.
Lost Illusions at the Local Bookstore
Rebecca Mead on New York bookstores, in the "New Yorker."
- 2014 Mar 26
Literary City, Bookstore Desert
Surging rents are forcing booksellers from Manhattan.
- 2014 Mar 24
Toronto Book Lovers Mourn Closings
This month, three landmark bookstores with a total of 101 years in business are closing their doors. For more than three decades, Book City’s flagship branch in the Annex, the World’s Biggest Bookstore in the heart of downtown and The Cookbook Store in Yorkville were centrepieces of their communities.
- 2014 Mar 20
Taming of the Brew
A bookstore and brewery is set to open in Castleton, Ind.
- 2014 Mar 19
Burton's Owner Selling Shop
George Maaiki of Orient, N.Y., who has owned Burton’s Bookstore since 1988, wants to sell the business. And while he hopes the independent Front Street shop is sold to someone who will preserve its character as a quaint bookstore in a small village by the water, finding the right fit could be another story.
- 2014 Mar 18
New Bookstore for Oak Cliff
Paco Vique and Javier Garcia del Moral, both from Spain, have renovated a Texas wood-frame house with a porch into a bookstore called The Wild Detectives.
- 2014 Mar 14
Amazon Accused of Cheating on Shipping
Amazon claims that a $79 annual membership for Amazon Prime provides free two-day shipping on "millions" of items, but for some products, the company is accused to encouraging sellers to inflate shipping prices, according to two recent lawsuits.
Port Townsend Store to Reopen
A small Washington bookshop that has changed ownership is reopening with a shot of optimism for its future success despite competition from Amazon and big-box bookstores.
- 2014 Mar 12
"Forbes" estimates the value of Kindle hardware sales for Amazon.
- 2014 Mar 11
Great British Bookshop Goes Live
Online bookstore, The Great British Bookshop, has now gone live to customers. The “online alternative to Amazon” promises to be an e-tailer of books which creates “far more profit for publishers”.
- 2014 Mar 10
Michigan B&N to Close
The Barnes & Noble in Royal Oak will close April 5, a victim of competition from online stores. Retailers say e-sellers have an unfair advantage because they don't charge sales tax.
- 2014 Mar 07
Inside 57th Street's Rizzoli Bookstore
News broke in January that the beloved and historic Rizzoli Bookstore on 57th Street in New York would eventually be demolished, sparking a preservation campaign in an attempt to save the building. The wrecking ball isn't coming anytime soon, but just in case, Racked sent their photographer to the shop to capture its architectural beauty before it's wiped away.
- 2014 Mar 03
Amazon Buried My Novel
Those search algorithms are for sale, says Stephan Eirik Clark in Salon.
- 2014 Feb 28
Living Wage Petition Handed to Amazon
Demonstrators will descend on Amazon’s headquarters in London later today to hand in a petition signed by over 55,000 people demanding the company pay its workers the Living Wage.
- 2014 Feb 24
At 90, She's Still Running the Store
Socorro Ramos and her 150-store book chain in the Philippines, profiled by Mitch Albom.
- 2014 Feb 21
The Book Industry is So Scared of Amazon
That no one will talk on the record...except for these people.
Indies Fall Below 1,000 in U.K.
The number of independent bookshops in the UK has fallen below 1,000 for the first time since records began. According to the Booksellers Association’s annual membership figures, 67 indies closed in 2013 and 26 opened, leaving the overall number of indies on the high street at 987, down from 1,028 in February 2013.
- 2014 Feb 20
From Cookbooks to Rare Books
Nach Waxman, owner of Kitchen Arts & Letters in New York City, announced that he’ll be transitioning from working for the store nearly full-time to focusing on selling the out-of-print books that have long been a kind of “off the menu” specialty at the store.