- 2014 Apr 22
State Taxes Take a Toll on Amazon Sales
In one of the first efforts to quantify the impact of states accruing more tax revenue from Internet purchases, a study released this month found that sales dropped for Amazon when the online charge was introduced.
Posman Headed for Brookfield Place
Posman Books has snagged some space at the lower Manhattan shopping center, which is now 85% leased.
- 2014 Apr 21
Other Tiger to Close
If a buyer doesn't come forward, the Other Tiger Bookstore in Westerly, R.I. is set to close at the end of April.
- 2014 Apr 16
A History of Love (of Bookstores)
From Janet Potter, in the Millions.
- 2014 Apr 15
The Death of Rizzoli
Jon Michaud reflects on the legendary Rizzoli Bookstore’s final hour of business at the "New Yorker."
- 2014 Apr 14
Six Thriving NYC Indies
And how they do it.
Marcus Books Misses Fundraising Mark
Nonetheless, community members remain hopeful that the country’s oldest black bookstore can still be preserved.
- 2014 Apr 11
Amazon Pays Staff $5k If They Quit
The intent of the program is to ensure that Amazon only retains people who really, really want to work at Amazon.
Beautiful Photos of Bygone Bookstores
Indulge in some literary nostalgia and appease your book-beauty tooth (you know you’ve got one) with these lovely photos of old bookstores.
Parting is Not-So-Sweet Sorrow
The current home of Shakespeare & Company, 716 Broadway, was listed for rent by Massey Knakal Realty Services yesterday morning.
W.H. Smith to Operate Franchises
WH Smith is moving into operating franchise stores for other retailers including Marks & Spencer as the books to paperclips retailer develops a growing portfolio of brands.
- 2014 Apr 03
Gauging Kindle Sales
"Forbes" estimates how much Amazon makes each year on e-book sales alone.
- 2014 Apr 01
Paper vs. Digital Debate is Exhausted
Tim Waterstone's claim that e-books are in decline isn't persuasive – and there are far more urgent matters for readers to discuss.
Another Indigo Location to Close
Just one day after the closing of Toronto's World’s Biggest Bookstore, word emerged that the Indigo retail chain has given its 60-day notice to end the lease at another of its prominent downtown Toronto locations, the Chapters store at the intersection of John and Richmond.
- 2014 Mar 31
BOOK’em Mysteries to Close
The South Pasadena, Calif. shop will close shop April 30, after 24 years in business.
- 2014 Mar 28
Portland Bookstore to Close
Annie's Book Stop will close for good on Saturday after 30 years in business. Owner Alice Moisen says the book shop survived tough times and managed to stay open, while dozens of the similar shops closed.
Lost Illusions at the Local Bookstore
Rebecca Mead on New York bookstores, in the "New Yorker."
- 2014 Mar 26
Literary City, Bookstore Desert
Surging rents are forcing booksellers from Manhattan.
- 2014 Mar 24
Toronto Book Lovers Mourn Closings
This month, three landmark bookstores with a total of 101 years in business are closing their doors. For more than three decades, Book City’s flagship branch in the Annex, the World’s Biggest Bookstore in the heart of downtown and The Cookbook Store in Yorkville were centrepieces of their communities.
- 2014 Mar 20
Taming of the Brew
A bookstore and brewery is set to open in Castleton, Ind.
- 2014 Mar 19
Burton's Owner Selling Shop
George Maaiki of Orient, N.Y., who has owned Burton’s Bookstore since 1988, wants to sell the business. And while he hopes the independent Front Street shop is sold to someone who will preserve its character as a quaint bookstore in a small village by the water, finding the right fit could be another story.
- 2014 Mar 18
New Bookstore for Oak Cliff
Paco Vique and Javier Garcia del Moral, both from Spain, have renovated a Texas wood-frame house with a porch into a bookstore called The Wild Detectives.
- 2014 Mar 14
Amazon Accused of Cheating on Shipping
Amazon claims that a $79 annual membership for Amazon Prime provides free two-day shipping on "millions" of items, but for some products, the company is accused to encouraging sellers to inflate shipping prices, according to two recent lawsuits.
Port Townsend Store to Reopen
A small Washington bookshop that has changed ownership is reopening with a shot of optimism for its future success despite competition from Amazon and big-box bookstores.
- 2014 Mar 12
"Forbes" estimates the value of Kindle hardware sales for Amazon.
- 2014 Mar 11
Great British Bookshop Goes Live
Online bookstore, The Great British Bookshop, has now gone live to customers. The “online alternative to Amazon” promises to be an e-tailer of books which creates “far more profit for publishers”.
- 2014 Mar 10
Michigan B&N to Close
The Barnes & Noble in Royal Oak will close April 5, a victim of competition from online stores. Retailers say e-sellers have an unfair advantage because they don't charge sales tax.
- 2014 Mar 07
Inside 57th Street's Rizzoli Bookstore
News broke in January that the beloved and historic Rizzoli Bookstore on 57th Street in New York would eventually be demolished, sparking a preservation campaign in an attempt to save the building. The wrecking ball isn't coming anytime soon, but just in case, Racked sent their photographer to the shop to capture its architectural beauty before it's wiped away.
- 2014 Mar 03
Amazon Buried My Novel
Those search algorithms are for sale, says Stephan Eirik Clark in Salon.
- 2014 Feb 28
Living Wage Petition Handed to Amazon
Demonstrators will descend on Amazon’s headquarters in London later today to hand in a petition signed by over 55,000 people demanding the company pay its workers the Living Wage.
- 2014 Feb 24
At 90, She's Still Running the Store
Socorro Ramos and her 150-store book chain in the Philippines, profiled by Mitch Albom.
- 2014 Feb 21
The Book Industry is So Scared of Amazon
That no one will talk on the record...except for these people.
Indies Fall Below 1,000 in U.K.
The number of independent bookshops in the UK has fallen below 1,000 for the first time since records began. According to the Booksellers Association’s annual membership figures, 67 indies closed in 2013 and 26 opened, leaving the overall number of indies on the high street at 987, down from 1,028 in February 2013.
- 2014 Feb 20
From Cookbooks to Rare Books
Nach Waxman, owner of Kitchen Arts & Letters in New York City, announced that he’ll be transitioning from working for the store nearly full-time to focusing on selling the out-of-print books that have long been a kind of “off the menu” specialty at the store.
- 2014 Feb 19
Blue Frog Jumps at Opportunity
Disappointed by a lack of bookstores in the area and eager to fill that void, Coleman and Vedro this month opened Blue Frog Books in Michigan's Genoa Township.
- 2014 Feb 13
Lush Trademarks Line After Amazon Boss
Handmade cosmetics company Lush is trying to force Amazon to clean up its image by making a series of new bathroom products named after Christopher North, the U.K. boss of the online retail group.
- 2014 Feb 12
Toronto Store to Become Restaurant Row
Four restaurants will replace Toronto's World’s Biggest Bookstore, which is now scheduled to close at the end of March.
- 2014 Feb 06
Vancouver Indie to Close
Oscar’s Art Books, an independent bookstore that has been operating for 24 years in Vancouver is shutting down.
- 2014 Feb 05
Capitola to Close After 34 Years
The 34-year-old California bookstore announced Tuesday that it was closing its doors permanently at the end of February, after several years of declining revenues.
Seek Books to Close
Seek Books is the second West Roxbury, Mass. independent bookstore in less than a month to announce that it's going out of business. It joins Pazzo Books, which announced it will shutter its doors in March.
- 2014 Feb 04
New Owner for Bank Street Book Nook
Owner Janet Olsen Ryan has found a buyer for her New Milford, Conn. bookstore, which she planned to otherwise close this month.
- 2014 Feb 03
Weltbild Attracts Buyers
Several possible investors have expressed their interest in German insolvent bookseller Weltbild, a spokesman for its insolvency administrator said.
- 2014 Jan 31
Children's Bookstore Robbed at Gunpoint
Cincinnati Police are searching for a suspect who, Thursday, entered the Blue Manatee Children's Bookstore and Café and demanded cash while armed with a handgun.
- 2014 Jan 30
Amazon Eyes Payment Biz
The online giant wants to give small and midsize physical retailers a checkout system that uses its Kindle tablets, "The Wall Street Journal" reports.
Marcus Books Fights to Stay Open
Despite San Francisco's Marcus Books' new found status as a historical landmark, the building that houses the store was sold last year, and the new owners have doubled the rent. If it is unable to raise the $2.6 million dollars, the legendary bookstore will be forced to close. The store is holding a fundraiser this Saturday.
- 2014 Jan 28
A Look at Business in 'Bookstore Alley'
In the past several years, four bookstores have opened within a small-block radius in San Francisco: Adobe Books, Alley Cat Books, Press: Works on Paper and Modern Times Bookstore Collective. Although each store has its own character and clientele, it remains to be seen if the four newcomers can survive.
- 2014 Jan 22
Canadian Indie Shop Up for Sale
A new chapter appears in the works for a long-running independent Charlottetown bookstore.
- 2014 Jan 21
Some Sunday Amazon Deliveries for U.K.
Amazon is offering a Sunday delivery service for Amazon Prime members in seven U.K. cities.
Missouri Bookstore May Close
The owner of All on the Same Page, which sells new and used books in Creve Coeur, has said that without an infusion of cash, she will start selling off stock February 1.
- 2014 Jan 17
New Bookstore for Vallejo
The Solano County city in California that emerged from a three-year bankruptcy in 2011 has a new independent bookstore, Koham Press.
Bookstore Closes After 38 Years
Toronto independent mini-chain Book City announced Thursday afternoon it will be closing its flagship location in the Annex this spring after 38 years in business.
- 2014 Jan 16
Welcome, Mr. Mopps!
Mr. Mopps' Children's Bookstore opens in Berkeley.
- 2014 Jan 14
Best of the Bookstores
Best children's bookstores from around the nation.
Three Ohio State Bookstores Closing
College Town closed within about the last month, and University Book Exchange is set to close its store by the end of the spring semester. Buckeye Books closed during the fall semester.
- 2014 Jan 13
Amazon's Bogus Anti-Apple Campaign
Behold, tech's fiercest legal battle: price-fixing, conflicts of interest, and two very hungry lawyers, from "Salon."
- 2014 Jan 10
Bay Area Gets New Children's Bookstore
The Berkeley store, called Mr. Mopps' Children Books, marks the third children's bookstore to open in the California city in recent months.
- 2014 Jan 08
Amazon Employees Raise Bar on Hires
When it comes to filling higher-level jobs, the e-commerce giant is in no rush—and it has a gantlet of people, dubbed "bar raisers," who must sign off on would-be hires.
B&N Former Flagship Store Closes
Barnes & Noble's former flagship location at 105 Fifth Avenue in New York has shuttered for good.
- 2014 Jan 06
Sainsbury's to Halt Print Sales Online
Sainsbury’s will stop selling physical books online by the end of February. The supermarket’s website will move to a completely on demand model in March 2014 after the retailer admitted it sees future online opportunities as lying solely in “digital products."
- 2014 Jan 03
Amazon Charging Sales Tax in More States
Amazon began charging sales taxes in Indiana, Nevada and Tennessee as of Wednesday, bringing to 19 the number of states where consumers are required to pay local sales taxes on Amazon purchases.
- 2013 Dec 30
'I'm Looking for a Book...'
A day in the life of a bookstore clerk.
- 2013 Dec 23
That Bookstore Under New Management
That Bookstore In Blytheville is now under a new management that has a long history with the historic Arkansas shop.
- 2013 Dec 19
The Genre Divide
A columnist takes issue with Barnes & Noble's organization of YA by genre.
B&N Sued by Shareholder
Barnes & Noble was sued by a shareholder over the Securities and Exchange Commission’s investigation into the largest U.S. bookstore chain’s restatement of earnings and an ex-employee’s allegation of improper accounting.
- 2013 Dec 16
Booksellers Wary About Holiday Sales
All across the country, booksellers have a Christmas wish: that the e-book thrill is gone.
Russo's Books to Close
Russo's Books in Bakersfield, Calif. is closing its store at The Marketplace. The store's final day will be January 31, although it will maintain an online presence and may open at a new site in the future.
Amazon's German Workers to Strike
Workers at Amazon.com's German operations were set to go on strike on Monday, in the middle of the crucial Christmas holiday season, in a dispute over pay that has been raging for months.
- 2013 Dec 12
Bank Street to Relocate
Bank Street Bookstore will leave its current location.
- 2013 Dec 06
New Bookstore for Plattsburgh
Lake City Books, in Plattsburgh, N.Y., will offer new and gently read titles.
- 2013 Dec 05
Meet the Amazon Drone Squad Team
Amazon’s drone delivery dream might be a mere flight of fancy — vaporware for a good PR press blitz. But fruitful or not, the company still has an entire team (albeit a small one) working on the project.
Malibu Bookstore Up for Sale
Nine years after first opening their Malibu location, the owners of Diesel, A Bookstore, have put their Malibu Country Mart location up for sale, citing financial constraints and a need to focus on a growing number of independent shops outside of Malibu.
Canadian Booksellers Pick Top Kids Books
Quill & Quire contacted independent booksellers across Canada to find out which Canadian kids’ books were most popular in 2013.
- 2013 Dec 04
Iconic S.F. Store Closer to Being Saved
Marcus Books, one of the country's oldest African American-run bookstores, may be able to stay indefinitely in its San Francisco location under a new agreement that the owners have reached with the couple who purchased the bookstore property earlier this year.
New Indie Store for Durham
Letters, a new bookshop opening in downtown Durham, N.C., will be selling mostly used and rare books, and some selections of new titles.
Waterstone's response to the Amazon drone announcement.
- 2013 Dec 03
Ft. Collins's Indie Bookstores
Shops in the Colorado town are both thriving and dying in the digital revolution.
- 2013 Nov 26
Indies Hope for Amazon Backlash
Independent booksellers are hoping customers will turn to the high street after a BBC Panorama documentary last night revealed working practices inside an Amazon warehouse.
The Ten Best Bookstores in NYC
"A town isn't a town without a bookstore," Neil Gaiman once wrote. Thankfully, New York City has nothing to worry about.
- 2013 Nov 21
Costco Apologizes for Stocking 'Error'
A Costco store branch in Simi Valley, Calif. is under fire after a local pastor discovered that Bibles had been cataloged in the fiction section of the books aisle.
Iconic Toronto Bookstore to Close
The Cole family is selling World’s Biggest Bookstore, a Toronto landmark since 1980, to the developer behind the Four Seasons Hotel and Liberty Market Lofts.
- 2013 Nov 20
Saving Truckee's Only Bookstore
The story of the Truckee Bookshelf in California is nearing its final chapter if it doesn’t see an increase in sales.
- 2013 Nov 18
Black Stone Bookstore Opens in Mich.
The Black Stone Bookstore & Cultural Center is the first bookstore to open in Ypsilanti in several years, making it the second independent one in the city. However, Black Stone is the only bookstore in the area to cater to specialize in African American books and culture.
- 2013 Nov 13
Amazon's Sunday Delivery Scheme
Amazon and its brick-and-mortar competitors are on a collision course.
Kindle Launches in Australia
Amazon has launched a dedicated Australian Kindle store, selling more than 2 million e-books. The retailer will also sell its latest e-reader, the Kindle Paperwhite, and tablets, the Kindle Fire HD and Kindle Fire HDX, at Australian electronics chain Dick Smith and department store chain Big W.
- 2013 Nov 12
Page One Moving to Mountain Run
The bookstore will take over a 7,000-square-foot space formerly used by Consignment Interiors.
- 2013 Nov 11
Bookstore Trilogy Sprouts in Bloomfield
Bloomfield, also known as Pittsburgh's Little Italy is, for now, home to more independent bookstores than any city neighborhood.
- 2013 Nov 08
Ethical for Bookstores to Sell Galleys?
Galleys are great for many things -- mostly, for letting bookstores and reviewers get a preview. But it’s not the version any author wants to make a lasting impression with.
Landmark B&N to Close in Forth Worth
Employees of the iconic Barnes & Noble bookstore in downtown Fort Worth are hoping to keep the location open.
- 2013 Nov 05
10 Great Things about Brick-and-Mortars
Ordering online or downloading through your e-reader may be convenient, but nothing compares to the magic of a real bookstore.
- 2013 Nov 04
Renaud-Bray Employees Begin Strike
Employees at about a third of Renaud-Bray bookstores in Quebec are not at work today after unionized workers launched a general strike, demanding higher wages, more control of their work schedules and recognition of their job skills as booksellers.
- 2013 Nov 01
Finally Found Books Finds New Home
Finally Found Books co-owners Jill Sena and Todd Hulbert have found a new home for their large bookstore in Auburn, Wash. The bookstore has one of the largest collections of books in the area.
- 2013 Oct 31
Bookstores Play the Print Card
A recent standoff in the book business shows how good old-fashioned, brick-and-mortar bookstores are still trying to wield their influence in the industry.
- 2013 Oct 25
Satellite Library in Old Borders
A library satellite located inside a former Borders bookstore in Norman, Okla. will open on November 1.
- 2013 Oct 23
Hanover Bookstore to Stay Open
Storybook Cove, in Hanover, Mass. was facing financial difficulty that threatened to close its doors last month. As a result of the efforts of many loyal customers, storeowner Janet Bibeau said she has been able to work out a new agreement with her landlord to remain in the space.
- 2013 Oct 15
Book Delivery by Drone?
An Australian university textbook rental outfit called Zookal has promised to deliver its wares by drone.
- 2013 Oct 10
Odd Bookshops Around the Globe
A bookstore in an underground car park in China, the Book Barge floating on the waterways of U.K. with just a speed of 4 mph, and more of the world's strangest stores.
- 2013 Sep 09
B&N to Close Two Texas Stores
The retail chain is shuttering two of its locations in Fort Worth.
- 2013 Aug 12
Conn. Indie Byrd Books Relocates
The Bethel bookstore is moving into a new ground floor space to expand.
- 2013 Jul 12
Bookstore Closes After 83 Years
Herbert Hoover was president when Aladdin Book Shoppe opened.
- 2013 Jul 11
Christian Bookstores Succeed
As B&N struggles.