BEA Video Interviews: Oren Teicher, CEO, American Booksellers Association

In What's the Buzz by Edward Nawotka

“We have to make sure our customers don’t go somewhere because we can’t respond to their needs.” By Edward Nawotka “There is nothing like browsing in a physical bookstore. That is something you can’t replace,” said Oren Teicher, CEO of the American Booksellers Association, at BookExpo America on Monday. In this brief interview he goes on to discuss the growth of …

Should Publishers Open Bookshops? London’s Book Industry Conference, Day 1

In Global Trade Talk by Edward Nawotka

By Roger Tagholm LONDON: Curatorship and discoverability -– these were the buzz terms at the UK’s Book Industry Conference (BIC) which opened on Monday in King’s Cross, London.  Speakers representing independent shops on both sides of the Atlantic emphasized how good bricks and mortar bookshops are at “curating” a vibrant stock perfectly tailored to their community, while both said that …

Indie Booksellers Have High Hopes for Google Partnership

In What's the Buzz by Helen Gregg

by Helen Gregg A significant number of independent bookstores have high hopes for the launch of Google Editions, the search engine giant’s much talked-about foray into e-books, reported the New York Times. For the past few years, smaller booksellers have struggled to compete with online e-book retailers such as Amazon or Apple. And while Google will also sell e-books directly …