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Woodson Tops August Indie Next List

National Book Award winner Jacqueline Woodson's new novel for adults, Another Brooklyn, is the No. 1 pick on the ABA's August Indie Next List. Also on this list is Tim Murphy's debut novel Christodora, included in our Buzz Books 2016: Spring/Summer ebook, and I Will Send Rain by Rae Meadows,…

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More Barnes & Noble Fiscal Facts

Barnes & Noble followed their headline fourth quarter press release with more extensive SEC filings by the end of the day on Thursday providing a number of additional details worth reviewing: Settlement Credits Perhaps contributing to the company's slightly positive sales forecast for the new fiscal year, BN says that…

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Amazon to Open Third Bookstore Near Portland, OR; Three Lives Contemplates Move

Amazon will open its third physical bookstore approximately 10 miles outside of Portland, OR in Tigard. The store will be located in the Washington Square Mall (which contains an Apple store, among other retail outlets) and Amazon is already advertising job openings. An Amazon spokesperson told Fortune: "We are excited to…

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Bookselling Briefs: Teen Fest, More BookCon, Amazon College and iBooks Extras

Barnes & Noble says that for their weekend teen book festival, June 10 through June 12, sporting the hip and happening name "B-Fest," they have lined up "more than 1,800 author appearances at stores nationwide." Chief merchandising officer Mary Amicucci says in the announcement, "This is not only the most author appearances…

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Bookselling: Sales and Comps Decline Again at WHSmith; Sweet Reads Sells Books & Candy; and More

WH Smith reported results for the quarter ending June 4, with high street store sales down 4 percent and comps declining 3 percent compared to the same period last year. (In the European tradition, the quarterly report is provided as a brief "trading update" with no actual figures; those come only twice…

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Barnes & Noble at NYC's Citicorp to Close As Building Renovates

Barnes & Noble's midtown Manhattan store at the Citicorp building will close at the end of the month, as owner Boston Properties undertakes a renovation of the base and has declined to renew the bookseller's lease. BN's vice president of development David Deason indicates to Crain's that they are in discussions…

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People, Etc.

Rachel Fershleiser will join Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in the newly created role of executive director, audience development and engagement on June 20, reporting to Adriana Rizzo. Most recently she was director, publishing outreach at Tumblr. Jonathan Nowell has joined Trillium Partners firm as a senior adviser, working "to originate and execute…

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Bookselling: Sales Rise At Indigo In Fourth Quarter, and More

Canada's dominant bookstore chain Indigo reported results for their fiscal fourth quarter, ending April 2. Sales for the extended 14-week quarter were $220 million (CA), up $34 million from a year ago. On a 13-week, comparable store basis, superstore sales grow 14.7 percent, while small-format stores were up 15.8 percent. Online sales rose 9.8 percent.…

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Bookselling: Indigo's New Concept Store, Half-Price for Georgia

On Friday dominant Canadian bookselling chain Indigo will hold a grand opening for their new concept store in Toronto's Sherway Gardens, the chain's first new store in over 5 years and a model for ambitious renovation plans that "will be rolled out over time to the company's 90 other book…

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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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