Bookstores are scaling back on the comfy chairs because they feel too many people are lounging around and not enough people are buying the books. Shelf Awareness pointed out an article in the Baltimore Sun by Rob Hiassen that bookstores are reducing “soft seating” because of “homeless squatters, overly enthusiastic ... more >
NYT Bestselling novelist, Nora Roberts, and Bruce Wilder have plans to run a Bed and Breakfast in Boonsboro, MD. The six bedroom B&B will have theme rooms based on famous couples in literature. Opposite of the Bed and Breakfast, the couple hopes to open an Italian restaurant called Vesta to ... more >
Consumer Reports bought 23 titles: new, old, bestselling, classics, and midlist titles. The list price was $565. CR bought the books from Amazon at 32% discount. The next best retailer was BN.com at a 19% discount. Via Consumer Reports magazine, January 2007, p. 6.
An interesting story picked up by Media Bistro today. Jason Pinter, author and Crown editor (imprint of Random House) compared the sales numbers of Chris Bohjalian’s The Double Bind: A Novel, picked as Barnes and Noble’s second store-wide choice versus Ishmael Beah’s A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy ... more >
Independent booksellers are beginning to offer free wi fi to increase customer traffic. Bridget Rothenberger told Bookseller This Week that offering free wi-fi was “one of the smartest decisions” and that she would “recommend it to every bookstore.” I love free wi-fi. Panera Bread offers it free but Barnes & ... more >
In 2007, On Demand Books is putting 10 to 25 machines in libraries and bookstores. The machine, called “Espresso” can print, bind, cut and spit out two books with full color laminated covers in seven minutes. Price will be about $.05 per page. Via Engadget. Wouldn’t you just love to ... more >