Publishers and booksellers are trying to channel mania for PBS melodrama Downton Abbey into book sales for new Edwardian narratives like Lady Almina and the Real Downton Abbey and backlist classics like Parade’s End by Ford Madox Ford alike, the New York Times reports.
Barnes & Noble has owned a book publisher, Sterling Publishing, since 2003. Now the Wall Street Journal is reporting that B&N wants to sell Sterling, an interesting move as B&N competitor Amazon ramps up its own publishing business.
Amazon has added to its stable of genre fiction imprints with 47North, an imprint specializing in Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Horror. Like the company’s Montlake romance imprint and Thomas & Mercer thriller imprint, 47North’s name derives from a Seattle-specific location, in this case the the city’s latitude.
Woah. Barnes & Noble, which has seen its outposts shutter in parts of the city, has chosen to extend its lease on one of the busiest retail strips in the outer-boroughs. The bookstore’s executives signed a 22,178-square-foot renewal lease for its space at the Muss Development-owned 70-00 Austin Street space in Forest Hills. (Yes, dear Read More
Amazon quietly enabled their Kindle e-reader with a lending feature that allows users to give e-books away for fourteen day periods, reports eBookNewser.
Previously sharing or lending had been the exclusive domain of the Barnes & Noble competitor, Nook, which allows books to be lent once, to one other Nook user, also for a Read More
Bill Ackman, investor in the prison-industrial complex and famous decrier of bond insurers, is now looking to up his influence in the world of bookselling. The head of Pershing Square Capital Management has said he’s willing to fund a $960 million buyout of Barnes & Noble by Borders. The Times reports:
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Billionaire California supermarket tycoon Ron Burkle has failed in his bid to move in on Barnes & Noble. The monster bookstore chain announced today that Len Riggio, the majority shareholder, will remain chairman, while David Golden and David Wilson will snag seats on the board, Marketwatch reported. Burkle’s Yucaipa Co. had been engaged in Read More
With Upper West Siders still mourning the announcement of the looming closure of the Barnes & Noble across from Lincoln Center, it seems a petty to point out that only 15 years ago they picketed its opening.
A release from brokerage Cushman & Wakefield confirms that Century 21 will indeed open its second Manhattan store in the space evacuated by the Lincoln Square Barnes & Noble. Century 21 had just yesterday denied rumors that the switch was afoot.
MyUpperWest reported that the department store would be opening a branch at the 61,000-square-foot Read More
With Barnes & Noble set to vacate its premises at Broadway at 66th due to skyrocketing rent, could another retail chain with a tendency toward giant storefronts be taking its place? MyUpperWest is reporting a rumor that department store Century 21 will fill the empty racks of books with racks of discount faux-designer Read More