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Quotable: Bezos Confirms the Known About Stores

It's making news that Amazon ceo Jeff Bezos confirmed at the company's annual meeting what is already known about their store rollout, without adding anything in particular: "We're definitely going to open additional stores, how many we don't know yet," he said. "In these early days it's all about learning,…

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ABA's Teicher: "The State of Independent Bookselling Remains Strong"

Following the early release of the American Booksellers Association's annual membership numbers which showed their seventh annual increase -- along with an indication of increased print unit sales at member stores that report to Nielsen Bookscan, the organization's ceo Oren Teicher addressed the group's annual meeting. He noted that "almost…

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HarperCollins Creates Program to Support New Bookstores

HarperCollins announced a New Store Development Program to support independent booksellers opening new stores (or additional locations) in the US. Qualifying stores can get extra discount, "in the form of market development and fixture funds, on orders placed priorto opening and for the first three months of operation." Harper will also give grants towards ABA membership…

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People, Etc.

Brenda Chin will join Entangled as editorial director of the Brazen and Scorched imprints. Previously she was editorial director at Harlequin Blaze. Amazon global v-p and general manager of Kindle China Zhang Wenyi has been appointed president of Amazon China, while continuing to lead the country's Kindle business. Milkweed Editions…

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People, Etc.

At Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Helen Atsma has been promoted to editorial director, fiction, while Naomi Gibbs moves up to editor. Rebecca Lang has joined St. Martin's as publicity manager. She was previously a publicist at Viking Penguin. In addition, Courtney Reed has been promoted to marketing manager. Tara Carberry has…

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Another Concept Bookstore Opens -- Backed By Penguin Random House

Amazon isn't the only company of scale experimenting with a sleek new concept bookstore. Last Friday, a 1,000-square-foot concept store opened in under-served Puerto Rico with backing from Penguin Random House, in partnership with the island's Bookmark (which opened their first store in 2013). At the new Bookmark Boutique, "During its first…

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Bloomberg's Influence: Amazon Expands Same-Day Service to Chicago's South Side and the Bronx

Bloomberg's expose on how the rollout of Amazon's same-day delivery service was carefully avoiding predominantly black neighborhoods in many major metropolitan areas continues to wield influence. The etailer promised local politicians it will correct those gaps in Chicago and New York's The Bronx "in coming weeks," following a pledge to…

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Following Bloomberg Investigation Amazon Promises Same Day Delivery for Roxbury, MA; Congressman Calls for FTC Inquiry

Amazon responded to criticism in the wake of Bloomberg's extensive investigation showing that the rollout of their Prime Same-Day Delivery service has focused on areas where residents are primarily white, and overlooked neighborhoods. The company is correcting what Bloomberg had called "the most striking gap in Amazon's same-day service," which was "in Boston, where…

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Cline's Debut The Girls is June No. 1 Indie Next Pick

Emma Cline's debut novel The Girls tops the ABA's June Indie Next List. Also included are 5 of our spring Buzz Books titles -- Noah Hawley's Before the Fall, Joe Hill's The Fireman, My Best Friend's Exorcism by Grady Hendrix, The Curious Charms of Doctor Pepper by Phaedra Patrick, and Emma…

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Riggio To Retire As B&N Chairman in September

Barnes & Noble, Inc. founder Leonard Riggio, 75, announced he will retire in September from his position as executive chairman -- after the annual shareholder meeting -- though he intends to remain on the company's board of directors. Riggio still controls 17.5 percent of Barnes & Noble's shares (with Abrams Capital Management as…

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