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George Coe is being promoted to coo for Follett Corporation and Baker & Taylor, effective March 31. He has been Follett Group President, Baker & Taylor and Follett School Solutions since the acquisition of Baker & Taylor in April 2016 -- prior to which was president and ceo of Baker & Taylor. Follett ceo Ray…

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Amazon Plans Books Store for Bay Area's Walnut Creek, CA

Amazon confirmed to the East Bay Express that the company will open a Books store in Walnut Creek, CA's Broadway Plaza and is currently hiring employees for the location. Barnes & Noble closed their store across from Broadway Plaza a little over a year ago, after 21 years in that…

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Bookselling: Management Team Quits Kramerbooks; Read With Me to Open in Raleigh; and More

Six members of the management team at Washington, DC’s Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café have quit after disagreements with the new owner. The departures took place over the past three weeks and include the events director, the general manager, and the head buyer. Three anonymous sources "familiar with the situation" tell the…

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February Bookseller Picks

Amazon chose 4 3 2 1 by Paul Auster as their as their spotlight pick, though the book released January 31. (Another pick, The Upstarts by Brad Stone, also published on January 31.) The Impossible Fortress by Jason Rekulak is the featured debut. The rest of the Best Books of February…

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Bookselling: Interabang Books to Open in Dallas; Lorelei Books for Sale; and More

Dallas will see a new independent bookstore, Interabang Books, open in May. The new 5000-square foot store will be located in the vicinity of a nearby Barnes & Noble store (though approximately a third of the size). Manager Jeremy Ellis, previously store manager for Brazos Bookstore in Houston, told the…

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Bookselling: Pittsburgh's City of Asylum Opens Storefront; Newport, VT's Wider Than the Sky to Close

Pittsburgh nonprofit City of Asylum, which is devoted to writers in exile, will open its new bookstore on Saturday, January 14. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported the store will offer a "carefully curated selection of 8,000 volumes by authors from all over the world" in a renovated Masonic hall now called…

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People, Etc.

Tom Thompson has joined SMP as vp, creative services and advertising. Thompson most recently was svp, digital strategy/group director of Verso Advertising, where he worked for 10 years. At William Morrow, Emily Krump has been promoted to senior editor. Bookselling Barnes & Noble will close their downtown Minneapolis store at…

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Bookselling: Another Amazon Store Planned for Paramus, NJ; BookMarc in Bangor, ME To Close

Following on the news that Amazon will open a physical bookstore in Manhattan's Shops at Columbus Circle later this spring -- in the same place where Borders had a store from 2003 through 2011 -- the company announced plans to open its eighth store, in Paramus, NJ. BookMarc's in Bangor,…

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Mastai Tops February Indie Next List

For the second month in a row, a debut novel (and a title featured in our Buzz Books Fall/Winter edition) -- All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai -- tops the Indie Next list. The full February list includes: Pachinko, by Min Jin Lee Lincoln in the Bardo, by George…

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Amazon Plans Manhattan Bookstore at Time Warner Center for Spring

With Amazon set to open their fourth and fifth bookstores in Chicago and Dedham, MA shortly, the company now says they expect to open a store in New York's Time Warner Center at Columbus Circle this spring. The WSJ reports that the company confirmed plans for 4,000-square-foot store in the…

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