New Bargain Calendar Company Formed
A new company has been created to sell discounted calendars and will be called The Bargain Calendar Company. The company will operate out of Knoxville, TN and is owned by Mayco, LLC.
“We looked at getting into the bargain calendar business about 8 years ago but just couldn’t work it out," said Larry May, who along with his wife Valerie own the new venture. “Selling discounted calendars fits so well with everything else that we do in the bargain industry that it just made sense.”
“Calendars make a great sideline item,” said Valerie May, “and we have been looking to expand our sideline and gift lines that we offer at the two shows that we own – GABBS Atlanta and GABBS Boston. And,” May added, “the great thing about this business is that the lion’s share of what we buy from the calendar companies is pre-sold – we really like that aspect of the business.”
"The calendar companies like the concept because we are selling outside their typical market," Larry May said. “The retailers love the product because it is a value added item with an excellent cost of goods.”
Contact information for the Bargain Calendar Company is:
3517 Neal Drive
Knoxville, TN 37918
E-books sales surge after holidays
USA Today reports that post holiday e-book sales continue to rise as avid readers use their new digital devices. The newspaper’s latest list reported a burst of sales for 42 of the top 50 titles on its Best-Selling Books list. For more read: http://www.usatoday.com/life/books/news/story/2012-01-09/ebooks-sales-surge/52458672/1
For the full list of top-selling titles: http://books.usatoday.com/list/index
Barnes & Noble News
Barnes & Noble, now the nation’s largest bookstore chain is in the process of trying to re-invent itself to keep up with the times. With E-book sales have skyrocketing; one publisher predicted that e-books could account for as much as 40% of total revenue by the end of the year. For more on this story: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203513604577142481239801336.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
Tablets, e-readers closing book on ink-and-paper era
Tablet computers and electronic readers promise to close the book on the ink-and-paper era as they transform the way people browse magazines, check news or lose themselves in novels.
“It is only a matter of time before we stop killing trees and all publications become digital,” Creative Strategies president and principal analyst Tim Bajarin told AFP.
Online retail giant Amazon has made electronic readers mainstream with Kindle devices, and Apple ignited insatiable demand for tablets ideal for devouring online content ranging from films to magazines and books. For rest of the story: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2011/12/29/tablets-e-readers-closing-book-on-ink-and-paper-era/
Random House Extends Indie Shipping Program
Random House is extending its accelerated free shipping program until March 2. Launched by Random during the holiday selling season, the program, dubbed the “2-Day-Transit Program,” was set to expire January 12, but the positive feedback from booksellers, as well as increased sales, prompted Random to extend the program.
Under the program, bookseller orders for Random’s. children’s and adult hardcovers, physical audios, trade and mass market paperbacks received by 3:00p.m. EST will leave the publisher’s Maryland or Indiana distribution centers no later than the next business day and ship door-to-door in two business days or less to independent booksellers across the country. Random picks up the cost. For more: http://www.publishersweekly.com/pw/by-topic/industry-news/publisher-news/article/50135-random-house-extends-indie-shipping-program.html
Make It Work: Publishers Need to Embrace Ebooks
No longer is it just editors and agents on the subways and buses with their submission pile on Sony e-readers; it's actual, real, live, non-industry people who just love to read. Harris Interactive, Inc. polled more than 2,000 people in July of this year and found that roughly 15% of those polled already owned an e-reader, and 15% of those who did not own an e-reader were likely to buy one in the next 6 months.
Even more promising ebook news can be found in the industry study "BookStats," a joint venture between the Book Industry Study Group, Inc. (BISG) and The Association of American Publishers (AAP). It highlights some of the major gains that ebooks have made in the past 3 years. According to the survey, ebook market share increased from 0.6% in 2008 to 6.4% in 2010, and net unit sales increased more than 1,000% to 114 million. For more on this story: http://www.econtentmag.com/Articles/Column/Ebookworm/Make-It-Work-Publishers-Need-to-Embrace-Ebooks-79125.htm
January Business and Job Moves
Bullseye Calendars Bought out by Bargain Calendars
Larry May, owner of the GABBS Atlanta and Boston shows announced the purchase of Bullseye Calendars from Bruce Feldman who is retiring at the end of this year.
Lee Montgomery, editor and associate publisher of Tin House Books, is leaving to pursue independent book projects and resume her own writing career. She has been with Tin House since 2001.
Leila Porteous has been hired as senior editor at Crown, reporting to Victoria Craven. Porteous was previously with McGraw-Hill Professional, where she was an editor acquiring business books.
Calista Brill has been promoted to senior editor at First Second Books, a division of Macmillan. She has been with First Second since 2008.
At Henry Holt and Company, Pat Eisemann has been promoted to v-p, director of publicity. Eisemann joined the company last January.