Late last week, a filing with the SEC revealed that Roseland, NJ-based investor Harsha Gowda has acquired a little more than one million shares of Books-A-Million stock through his five-year-old investment firm Blueshore Capital Management. The acquisition gives Gowda a 6.38 percent stake in BAMM, accumulated over the past year with a “big increase during […]
Archives for December 2011
Caldecott winner for Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, Simms Taback, 79, died on Christmas day. SLJ Co-founder of the Moby Dickens Bookshop Arthur J. Bachrach died on December 19.
Restating the obvious and continuing its tradition of trumpeting nonspecific success, Amazon announced that 2011 “was the best holiday ever for the Kindle family as customers purchased millions of Kindle Fires and millions of Kindle e-readers,” while Christmas day was the “biggest day ever” for Kindle book downloads. Building on their earlier press release, they […]
The Guardian has printed their annual look at the Nielsen UK sales charts, this time with more depth and transparency than ever. The presentation includes downloadable files of the top 5,000 or so selling books and data about the leading genres across the market. We’ve simplified some of the highlights below, but you can get […]
Kobo has soft-launched in the Netherlands, selling ebooks from Bruna, Querido and De Bezige Bij beginning December 17, at about a 10% discount compared to leading Dutch online bookseller Bol.com. They started selling their Kobo Touch ereaders via Dutch electronics retailer Redcoon as of October 1. Kobo’s official launch in Holland is expected by March 1, 2012. […]
Recent days have brought many more Best Books lists from major newspapers and magazines. Among those that we are adding to our aggregated Best of the Best of 2011 tabulation are lists from: Chicago Sun-Times critics Houston Chronicle Men’s Journal Miami Herald New York Daily News Pittsburgh Post-Gazette San Francisco Chronicle (top 10) San Francisco […]