Bonus Material: The Coolest Bookstore in America

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka Every once in awhile you visit a place and think “I could live there.” That happened to me a few years back while vacationing in Alaska when I went to the tiny town of Homer to do some halibut and salmon fishing. Homer is a small city at the end of the Kenai Peninsula, about 225 miles, …

The Bookseller of Baghdad (Part Two)

In Feature Articles by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti Today Publishing Perspectives concludes its profile of Ibrahim Anas Al-Rajab, director of Baghdad’s legendary Al-Muthanna Library, and one of Iraq’s leading booksellers. Yesterday, Part One focused on the history of the store, from the early 20th century to 1999. Today, we pick up the story at the start of the first Gulf War in 1990 and carry …

Bonus Material: 1,000 Year Old Baghdad Book Market Survives Bombing

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka There’s an old saying in Iraq concerning literature: “In Cairo they write. In Beirut they print. In Baghdad we read.” The intellectual heart of Baghdad has, for much of the past millennium, been Mutanabi Street, where many of the city’s bookstores and most popular cafes are located. The street is named after the first century poet Abul Tayyeb …

German Buch News: Thalia Bookstore Sales Up 7.5%

In German Buch News, News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Booksellers in the US and UK may be struggling, but the latest news from Thalia —  Germany’s largest book chain — is actually encouraging. Parent company Douglas AG announced a 7.5% increase in sales for the period from October 2008 to June 2009, for a total of 618.6 million euros, reports buchreport.de. However, a large part of …

The Bookseller of Baghdad (Part One)

In Feature Articles by Chip Rossetti

By Chip Rossetti Today Publishing Perspectives offers a rare and exclusive profile of Ibrahim Anas Al-Rajab, director of Baghdad’s legendary Al-Muthanna Library, and one of Iraq’s leading booksellers. Part one, published today, focuses on the history of the store, from the early 20th century to 1999, when it mysteriously burnt down. Tomorrow, we continue with Part 2, picking up from …

Bonus Material: How Aussies Find the Best Book Deals

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka While the recent recommendation by the Australian Productivity Commission seeking to lift the ban on parallel importation ultimately threatens to flood the country with cheap US and UK editions of books — the changes won’t take place for three years. At the moment it is still possible to get reasonably priced editions shipped from overseas. The biggest …

Bookselling in a Pacific Island Paradise

In Feature Articles by Andrew Wilkins

By Andrew Wilkins NUKU’ALOFA. TONGA: With an economy based on farming, fishing and some tourism, there’s not a huge demand for consumer books in Tonga, although the country has the highest literacy rate in the Pacific (over 98%) and a good primary and secondary education system. Still, it’s enough to support a handful of small publishers and a bookstore chain …

EBF/IBF Director Dubruille on Bookselling’s Future

In Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

by Edward Nawotka BRUSSELS: “The problem in Europe is that booksellers don’t know what strategies to use when coping with digitization,” says Françoise Dubruille, director of the European Booksellers Federation and the International Booksellers Federation, “There are 25 languages for 27 countries, there are 27 national cultures and literatures, and not all have the same challenges.” She adds, “One thing …