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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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Bookselling: Chester County Book Company Closes for Good; Support for Murder by the Book Post-Flooding; and More

Chester County Book Company in West Chester, PA will close for good on July 31, three years after re-opening in a smaller location. Store owner Kathy Simoneaux Fortney said in an email to publishers and customers, "After crunching the numbers, the best option is for me to retire & close…

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Amazon Wins NYC Education Contract, Bloomberg Says Prime Same-Day Delivery Excludes Black Neighborhoods

Amazon has won a contract with New York's Department of Education to supply ebooks to students through a special marketplace site. The deal is worth approximately $30 million over the first three years, and the city has an option to extend the contract for another two years, worth an additional…

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People, Etc.

Heather Jackson is leaving Harmony to become a literary agent, joining the David Black Agency on May 2. She will focus on commercial nonfiction and fiction, popular culture, and fresh narrative voices that inform, entertain, and shift the cultural conversation. At Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Stephanie Fletcher has been promoted to editor, culinary/lifestyle. In…

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Barnes & Noble Working On New Concept Store for Westchester

Barnes & Noble is taking over a retail space in Westchester County that has been vacant since Borders went bankrupt, and plans to build one of four new concept stores in the location. (It's an odd, below-ground space reached through an escalator.) The retailer has been working through the Eastchester planning…

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HarperCollins Officially Expands in France, and More

It's book fair time -- as the Bologna Book Fair officially opens -- so Harper Collins has announced another expanded international unit. This time it is the formation of Harper Collins France. Previously, Harlequin SA was a joint venture in France with Hachette Livre, but Harper Collins bought out their partner. They will continue…

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April Bookseller Picks

Augusten Burroughs' Lust & Wonder is Amazon's spotlight pick for April, and Lab Girl by Hope Jahren is their featured debut. The rest of their best books of the month are: Maestra, L.S. Hilton Dodgers, William Beverly Kill 'Em and Leave 'Em, James McBride Consequence, Eric Fair The Mathews Men, William Geroux The Last…

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Bookselling: Books Inc. Wins An Award and Closes In the Castro, and More

Bay-area bookstore chain Books Inc. will close their location in San Francisco's Castro in June as the lease expires, after 21 years there. CEO Michael Tucker tells Hoodline, "it wasn't financially feasible for the company to re-up for another five year lease." He notes, "It's been a tough slog because sales have continued…

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