Friday Midday Links: More bookstore closings
I’ve been a little lax with the link round up. My excuse is that I was at Tools of Change in New York this past week. This is true but what is also true is that I stayed up late at night talking with friends and eating really good food (at restaurants that all started with the letter “B”, strange but true) when I could have been blogging. I figured you would all forgive me though. I actually have a draft entitled “Valentine’s Day links” but obviously that never went anywhere.
Obviously we know that Borders filed for reorganization on Wednesday which allows them to liquidate some assets and discharge (or get rid of) their debt. According to this article on Publishers’ Weekly, the liquidation sale will begin at the 200 stores to be closed. Happy President’s day. Go out and get yourself some good deals.
Barnes and Noble has announced that members won’t be able to use their discount online anymore. Only in store purchases will be eligible for the 10% off. Last year was the first year that our membership did not pay off for us and we decided not to renew our membership for this year. I am extra glad of that now.
The Everyday Member Discount is only valid on eligible purchases at any Barnes & Noble Store. The Everyday Member Discount is not available on purchases of the following: products or services at www.bn.com, at retail stores owned or operated by or websites affiliated with Barnes & Noble College Bookstores, Gift Cards; Online Gift Certificates; digital content (including but not limited to digital books, magazines, and periodicals); nookÃ¢â€ž ¢ and related accessories; other hardware and electronics; software; downloadable audiobooks in MP3 or any other format; gift-wrapping fees; shipping and handling fees; or Membership fees (new or renewal).
As was reported by the commenters and by several who emailed me, Borders in Australia (unrelated to the US Borders chain) is also filing for bankruptcy but this sounds like liquidation and not reorganization. I asked one Australian reader what she thought that cause was and the answer was price. Most Aussies know about Book Depository and it’s almost a no brainer to pay only $7.99 for a book instead of $12.99 for the same title but from a local bookstore. Amazon UK announced it will also be shipping free to Australia, New Zealand, India, and South Africa until May 15, 2011.
Speaking of Amazon, it is being a bad neighbor. Texas sent a tax bill to Amazon of over $200 million based upon purchases made by Texas residents. The basis for this tax bill is Amazon’s PHYSICAL presence in the state. They have a warehouse/fulfillment distribution center in Texas. Amazon’s response? They are packing up their toys and leaving. That is really shitty, Amazon.
Macmillan has launched a new romance community site called Heroes and Heartbreakers. There are a number of blog posts about things other than romance books but it is designed to be a place where romance fans can gather.
Heroes and Heartbreakers (H&H) brings together original stories, pre-release excerpts, blog posts, giveaways and more in a publisher-neutral environment, which means romance content from all publishers, imprints and authors will be featured on the site.
Patricia Briggs, a favorite author of the Dear Author reviewers (and readers), is going on tour. Briggs’ rarely does this so here is a list of her signing appearances.
Harlequin cleverly announced that they are going to patent the kiss and put together a website for readers to create their perfect kiss. Of course, they can’t but it generated a ton of news and links and even Kim Kardashian designed her own kiss. I tried, but all my kisses were considered too naughty. (Sorry, but what is the point if you can’t place them in naughty positions). There is one man and one woman but you can definitely choose to place two men or two women in the kissing or *cough* other positions.
Hachette is promotionally pricing some of their older digital books and the pricing is good through the end of the month: