Berkeley’s Black Oak Books, which closed in June 2008, will reopen in a new location, offering “30 percent more space and ample street parking.” “De-facto owner”/investor Gary Cornell, who had tried to save the store once, hopes to have secured its future by buying the West Berkeley building that will serve as the store’s new home. The mortgage payment will be about 25 percent of what they had been paying in monthly rent.SF Chronicle About 20 Waldenbooks outlets slated for closure next month have been spared.Daily Finance
Archives for December 2009
Amazon celebrated the holidays with a bounty of Kindle-related press releases: Since Amazon already told us December was their biggest month for Kindle device sales, it stands to reason that when many of those Kindles were unwrapped on Christmas day the etailer sold more electronic books than physical books “for the first time ever.” Let’s put out a release. Random House’s units in other English-speaking territories have made their titles available for sale in the international Kindle stores.Release They have added more books for kids, now offering approximately 390,000 titles in the US. So much for publishers withholding titles.Release In […]
Ingram Content Group’s chief strategy officer James Gray will leave the company at the end of the year. He has been at Ingram since 2006, when they purchsed his company Coutts Information Services and MyiLibrary (which provide print and ebook distribution services to academic libraries the world over). Gray had been ceo of Ingram Digital up until that unit was integrated as a component of the merged Ingram Content Group in June. His position expires with his departure and will not be filled. Spokesman Keel Hunt notes it was “a position that was established for James.”
Melanie Kroupa will serve as editor at large at Marshall Cavendish, reporting to publisher Margery Cuyler, starting January 1. Kroupa ran an eponymous imprint for Farrar, Straus Children’s until it was closed about a year ago. She will acquire and edit approximately six books a year, while also continuing to edit a “select number of titles” for others out of her office in Dedham, MA. Authors Kroupa has worked with include this year’s National Book Award winner for Claudette Colvin, Phillip Hoose.
California money manager Altheia Research & Management, run by Peter Eicher, filed with the SEC now that it has amassed at 10.8 percent stake in Barnes & Noble. Altheia says it has “no plans or proposals” other than investment purposes, but qualifies that by noting the firm “reserves the right to act in concert with any other shareholders of the Issuer, or other persons, for a common purpose should it determine to do so, and/or to recommend courses of action to management and the shareholders of the Issuer.” Nearly all of their block of stock was acquired beginning on November […]
Devon Mazzone will become director of subsidiary rights for the joint department that sells for both Farrar, Straus and Hold, starting January 25. Mazzone has been a scout for the past 11 years with Del Commune Enterprises. At Hachette’s Twelve imprint, Cary Goldstein has been promoted to associate publisher. He has been with the line since it started in 2006. Elsewhere in the company, John Schoenfelder will join Little, Brown on January 11 as editor of their forthcoming and yet-to-be-named suspense fiction imprint. Most recently he was an assistant editor at Thomas Dunne Books, after working at Tor-Forge Books, and […]