Bookseller Sues Amazon for Thwarting Fixed Price Laws

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Buchhandlung Schopf, a small bookstore in the town of Brunsbüttel in northern Germany, was fed up with customers strolling in brandishing printouts from Amazon.de touting cheaper prices and took Amazon to court, alleging the online retailer is ignoring Germany’s fixed book price laws. The bookstore’s owner, Dietrich Wienecke, began sending warnings to Amazon as far back as …

Lessons from the Rick Moody Twitter Project

In Digital by Guest Contributor

By Andy Hunter, Editor-in-Chief, Electric Literature Earlier this month, twenty co-publishers joined Electric Literature in using Twitter to publish Rick Moody’s “Some Contemporary Characters,” a short story written for the medium in 153 bursts of 140 characters or less. Our goal was to create a conversation, agitate for literature, and expand the readership for Moody’s story. It was an inclusive …

Are Prepub Reviews Irrelevant?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In today’s lead story about the demise of Kirkus Reviews, former Kirkus managing director Jerome Kramer asks “whether the industry still needs advance reviews the way it used to?” Kirkus was known among the major journals that published pre-pub reviews—Publishers Weekly, Library Journal, and Booklist—as the “mean” one. Kirkus didn’t sugarcoat its reviews, which may, in the …

The Bookseller Who Balked at Black Friday

In English Language, Feature Articles by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka CAMBRIDGE: Last Thursday—Thanksgiving Day in the United States—Lorem Ipsum Books, an independent bookstore in Cambridge, Massachusetts, announced what they called a “new Black Friday Shopping tradition”: The Anti-Sale. “In this special, one-day only event, the bookstore with 19,000+ gently used books will be offering none of them for sale at a discount,” said Matt Mankins, the store’s …

Bonus Material: Does Constant Discounting Lead to Asset Devaluation?

In Discussion by Edward Nawotka

By Edward Nawotka In our lead story, I asserted that perpetual big discounts offered on books by retailers, whether bricks or clicks, dedicated booksellers or not, ultimately lead to asset devaluation. I argue that book buyers are being becoming accustomed to never paying full price for books—something that is likely only to to only become more entrenched in our psyches …

Global Trade Talk: Limited Edition Sony Reader; Bookstore Sales Down; German Business Climate Up

In Global Trade Talk by Erin L. Cox

By Erin Cox and Siobhan O’Leary The Bookseller reports that Random House has partnered with Sony to create an exclusive limited edition Reader Pocket Edition for James Patterson. Reasoning behind the deal comes from Jonathan Davis, digital publisher at Random House, who said: “The bundle of a limited edition device plus exclusive content make for a distinctive and ideal Christmas …

Even in Peace, Lebanon’s Literary World Remains at War

In Feature Articles by Guest Contributor

By Yasmina Jraissati BEIRUT: This year, with Beirut serving as the World Book Capital for 2009, the city’s literary world remains linguistically and cultural divided: the city will be hosting two distinct book fairs, the Lebanese Francophone Book Fair (Salon francophone du livre de Beyrouth) which took place in October and November, and the International Beirut Book Fair (Maarad al …

German Buch News: Fewer Bookstores in 2009; Bing Meets with Europeans, Too; New Moon Mania

In German Buch News by Siobhan O'Leary

By Siobhan O’Leary Just as the total number of bookstores in Germany was approaching the 1,000 mark, there has been a decrease of 3% in the number of stores in the past year, to 945 stores, according to Buchreport’s 9th annual “Filialatlas” study. The drop is partly the result of several chains closing outlets, including Weltbild and Wohlthat, and the …

France Rates Top Indie Bookshops Like Wine

In Feature Articles by Olivia Snaije

By Olivia Snaije Independent bookstores in France—much like the country’s wine—can now qualify for a label indicating high quality. The long-awaited “Librairie Indépendante de Référence” (“Recommended Independent Bookshop”) label, which was part of a 2007 “plan livre” launched by former culture minister Christine Albanel, is now a reality and, as of September, 406 of France’s 3,000 independent bookstores qualified for the …