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  • Bookselling Profile: Midtown Reader

    In October 2016, a new independent bookstore opened in Tallahassee, Fla., just weeks before an acrimonious election put Donald Trump in the White House. And national politics was the reason for the store's opening.

  • The Print Books Sales Surge Continues

    Print unit sales jumped 29% in 2021’s first quarter. Most of the increase was due to the surge in book-buying that began last spring and carried over into 2021.

  • This Week's Bestsellers: April 12, 2021

    Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman has the #1 book in the country with 'The Hill We Climb.' Plus financial educator Tiffany Aliche lands at #4 on our hardcover nonfiction list with 'Get Good with Money,' and Gabriela Garcia debuts with the novel 'Of Women and Salt.

  • B&N CEO Says Things Are 'Much Better Now'

    Addressing the IBPA 's annual conference, Barnes & Noble CEO James Daunt said the company was acting on several promises, including making individual stores more autonomous, improving e-commerce, and diversifying management, all of which make it a viable competitor to Amazon.

  • Gorman's Poem Sparks Big Weekly Sales Gains

    'The Hill We Climb: An Inaugural Poem for the Country' by Amanda Gorman sold nearly 215,000 copies in its first week on sale, helping to drive another good sales week for books.

  • Tattered Cover to Open Children's Bookstore in Denver Suburb

    This summer, Tattered Cover Bookstore will open a children's bookstore in Aurora, Colo., a Denver suburb; the new store will be Tattered Cover's fifth outlet and its first children's specialty bookstore.

  • Powell's Books and Employee Union in Dispute Over Rehires

    The management of Powell's Books in Portland, Ore., says it has hired back some 170 former employees, out of approximately 400 laid off, but argues that, with the passage of a year, it is no longer obligated to honor the seniority of former employees or to maintain a recall list of unionized employees. The union disagrees, and former employees feel aggrieved and betrayed.

  • New Pilkey Title Leads a Good Week for Book Sales

    An early 2021 Easter, combined with declining sales last spring as the pandemic heated up, resulted in a huge gain in unit sales of print books for the week ended March 28, 2021, over the comparable week last year at outlets that report to NPD BookScan.

  • New Grant Program Will Aid Indie Bookstores

    A new industry initiative to help independent booksellers and comic shops recover from the Covid-19 pandemic is being launched today, with a $500,000 contribution from Ingram Charities and Ingram Content Group as well as significant gifts from and four major publishers. The Survive to Thrive grant program hopes to raise a total of $2 million by the end of May to support indie bookstores.

  • Print Unit Sales Have Big Mid-March Gain

    Print unit sales rose 37.4% in the week ended Mar. 20, 2021, over the comparable week in 2020, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan, but year-to-year comparisons are starting to get more complex, as sales at this time last year were becoming more affected by the spreading pandemic.

  • This Week's Bestsellers: March 29, 2021

    Harlan Coben has the #2 book in the country with 'Win.' Plus debut author Angeline Boulley lands at #8 on our children's fiction list with the YA thriller 'Firekeeper's Daughter,' starring what she calls "an Indigenous Nancy Drew," and a trio of new self-help titles offer spring cleaning for the psyche.

  • Bookselling Spotlight: Brain Lair Bookstore

    South Bend, Ind.’s sole independent bookstore, Brain Lair Bookstore, may be only three years old, but its roots go back many years, to owner Kathy Burnette’s childhood in a rough Chicago neighborhood.

  • Unit Sales Post More Big Weekly Gains

    Print units rose 37.4% in the week ended March 20, 2021, over the same period in 2020. The jump came despite a 24.5% decline in sales in the juvenile nonfiction category; last year at this time, parents were buying educational workbooks in droves as schools closed.

  • This Week's Bestsellers: March 22, 2021

    Walter Isaacson's 'The Code Breaker,' about Nobel Prize–winning CRISPR chemist Jennifer Doudna, is the #5 book in the country. Plus the heroine of Kate Quinn's latest historical cracks 'The Rose Code,' and Floret Farm's Erin Benzakein says it with dahlias.

  • Unit Sales of Print Books Soared 36.5% Last Week

    Though unit sales began softening a bit at this time last year because of the early impact of the pandemic, the spike in sales last week was mainly due to the continued demand for print books.

  • Bookstore Sales Fell 16.6% in January

    Bookstore sales were $797 million in January, down from $956 million a year ago. The 16.6% decline was only a slight increase over the December drop, and was another indication that bookstore sales declines may be levelling off.

  • This Week's Bestsellers: March 15, 2021

    Sister Souljah has the #4 book in the country with ‘Life After Death,’ sequel to 1999’s ‘The Coldest Winter Ever.” Plus a trio of new books speak to lockdown pastimes, and the March book club picks hit our lists.

  • March Starts with 34% Pop in Print Unit Sales

    Fueled by huge gains for a host of Dr. Seuss titles, as well as solid results for several new books, unit sales of print books soared 34.2% in the week ended Mar. 6, 2021, over the comparable week in 2020, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan.

  • Bookselling Spotlight: Cavalier House Books

    We talk with John Cavalier, co-owner of Cavalier House Books in Denham Springs, La. He and his wife grew the store out of a shed in his parents’ backyard.

  • Dr. Seuss Books Ruled Last Week's Bestseller List

    Fueled by huge gains for a host of Dr. Seuss titles as well as solid results for several new books, unit sales of print books soared 34.2% last week over the week ended March 8, 2020, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan.

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