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Bookselling: NYT on What it Takes To Open A New Store; Lexington, KY's Morris Book Shop Closes

The NYT looks at signs of a comeback for new independent bookstores in the city, most recently Greenlight Bookstore's just-opened second location in Prospect Lefferts Gardens, as well as around the country. One commonality behind a number of new stores across the country is community financing "that gives neighborhoods a stake…

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Barnes & Noble News: Albuquerque Store Closed by Fire, Minnesota Store Opens with Bar, and More Bookselling

Barnes & Noble's store in the Coronado Mall in Albuquerque, NM was struck by arson on Saturday night and is reported to have "suffered heavy fire, smoke and water damage." The store is closed for repairs, as is an Old Navy store in a different location that also suffered from…

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Bookselling: Books & Books Westhampton Beach to Close; Kramerbooks Gets New Owner; and More

Books & Books Westhampton Beach will close on December 3 after more than 6 years in operation, Shelf Awareness reports. Owners Jack McKeown and Denise Berthiaume said in a statement: "For a variety of reasons of personal reasons, including the desire to retire to other pursuits, to travel more extensively,…

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Bookselling: BN "Commits" to Staying in the Bronx; Three Lives Stays Put in Greenwich Village; and More

With Barnes & Noble set to close its only location in the Bronx at the end of the year -- leaving the entire borough without a bookstore -- there are plans to reverse course and for the chain to return to the Bronx "within 24 to 36 months," according to the…

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People

The Zora Neale Hurston Trust is now being represented by the Joy Harris Literary Agency. (Hurston's work was previously represented by Victoria Sanders & Associates.) Singer-songwriter, poet, and novelist Leonard Cohen, 82, died Thursday. Jared Bland at his longtime publisher McClelland & Stewart said in a statement, "His work, in all its…

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A California Store Makes Third Year-End Closure for Barnes & Noble

Bronx residents continue to express "outrage, laced with deep resentment and a sense of loss" at the planned year-end closure of the last remaining Barnes & Noble store in the borough by Co-Op City, when the lease expires. Meanwhile, it was reported that the BN in Costa Mesa, CA will…

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Chabon's Moonglow Tops Indie Next List for December

Michael Chabon's new novel Moonglow is the ABA's No. 1 Indie Next pick for December. The rest of the list features: Swing Time, by Zadie Smith The Fate of the Tearling, by Erika Johansen To Capture What We Cannot Keep, by Beatrice Colin The Elephants in My Backyard, by Rajiv…

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Amazon's Prime Stores

Geekwire has drawn attention for a story yesterday that underscores a policy introduced a couple of months ago: Amazon has shifted pricing practices at their growing network of Amazon Books stores, ostensibly selling books and other items (except Amazon devices) at list price to customers who are not Amazon Prime members.…

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People, Etc.

After being removed from her position as Register of Copyrights and appointed to a new senior advisor role, Maria Pallante has resigned instead, Politico reported. Her resignation was confirmed by an LOC spokesperson. In Pallante's letter of resignation, she writes: "I hope that you will respect that I do not accept…

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Riggio On Opportunities New and Missed

The New Yorker has a phone interview with Barnes & Noble executive chairman Len Riggio. In an interesting bit of time travel, they write that: "As far back as 2000, Riggio said that he believed Barnes & Noble should open smaller stores (the company’s typical superstores are more than twenty-five-thousand…

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