Issue30   December 14, 2011
Industry News
ABA CEO Rebukes Amazon Founder
Last week Amazon.com announced that customers who went into brick-and-mortar stores should use the company’s smartphone price check app on select products, and then purchase that product from Amazon for a discount of up to $5.

While books were not included in the promotion, indie bookstores, like other Main Street retailers, were outraged by the online giant’s latest move.

Read ABA CEO Oren Teicher's open letter to Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos.
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We Have a New Name!
The Spring Book Show is Now
SAVE THE DATES!
March 16-18
In The News
by Tiffany Noel
Readers Return to the Stores

In spite of economic gloom and competition from cheap e-readers, brick-and-mortar booksellers enter this holiday season with the humblest of expectations.  Read on: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/13/books/steve-jobs-biography-and-other-hot-titles-bookstore-lures.html?_r=2&scp=4&sq=julie%20bosman&st=cse

Fantastic New York Times Editorial on Amazon Trickery

Richard Russo interviewed several bestselling authors about the recent Amazon trickery, and the results were comforting, at least. The authors, including, Scott Turow, Stephen King, and Dennis Lehane all found Amazon’s tactics less than a stellar business practice. Read On! http://bookshopblog.com/2011/12/13/fantastic-new-york-times-editorial-on-amazon-trickery/

French book trade protests at VAT hike

French booksellers have called it a "catastrophe" that VAT rates will go up to 7% in 2012, adding 30 centimes to the price of a €20 paperback. Read On: http://www.thebookseller.com/news/french-book-trade-protests-vat-hike.html

RH expands digital team

Random House is extending its digital team, and has promoted Dan Franklin, current digital editor [pictured] to the role of digital publisher, while multi-media editor Jon Salt steps into the role of head of digital product development. For More: http://www.thebookseller.com/news/rh-expands-digital-team.html

Jellybooks: New Book Discovery Tool Offers Groupon-Style Deals

Because "people who bought this item also bought..." is too impersonal, too list-based, and simply leads to the most popular books in a category, Andrew Rhomberg is launching Jellybooks. Read on: http://publishingperspectives.com/2011/12/jellybooks-new-book-discovery-tool/

World Book Night = One Million Free Books
 
World Book Night U.S. has announced the 30 titles to be given away by 50,000 volunteer book lovers in its inaugural campaign to distribute one million free books across America all on one day, April 23, 2012. For more: http://news.bookweb.org/news/world-book-night-us-announces-30-titles-opens-sign-volunteer-book-givers-one-million-free-books
 
October Bookstore Sales, Anna Quindlen Named National Chair and more. Read On!
[FULL STORY]
PubWest News
Releases Its Industry Operations and Salary Report
Read on for  the Publishing Industry's Only Look at the Operations and Financial Health of Small- and Medium-sized Publishers.
[FULL STORY]
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Tiffany Noel May is getting married this New Year's Eve to William Ross of Knoxville, TN! The newlyweds will be moving to Washington, DC where Ross will continue his education at George Washington University. The staff at Bargain Book News wanted to extend Tiffany and Will "best wishes" and also to you, our readers, a very Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! This will be the last BBN issue for this year. We will post again in January. Please be sure to send any book industry or bookshow news to tiffmay@bargainbooknews.com or valmay@bargainbooknews.com.
 
HAPPY HOLIDAYS!
Industry Trade Shows
by Tiffany Noel

Time to send in your dates for next year's trade shows. Remember, there is nothing like meeting people face to face, hands-on checking out product, the gathering together as a community of booklovers and learning from one another. Check out all the latest trade show listings. Make attending trade shows a priority! Read on.
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