Kobo launches subscription service for Dutch e-books; Emma Straub's bookstore readies for business; Booksellers at Laurelwood closes; and more.

Kobo Launches Subscription Service in Dutch: In partnership with leading online bookseller Bol.com, Kobo has launched a €9.99 unlimited ebook subscription service for Dutch ebooks. It is the first such service from the Rakuten-owned global ebookseller.

'Chicago Tribune' Celebrates Life of Late Magic Treehouse Bookstore Founder: Rose Joseph died earlier this month at age 73. She opened The Magic Treehouse Bookstore in 1984 and sold it to Beth Albrecht in 2015.

Emma Straub's Bookstore Begins Construction: Signs have gone up at a location at the corner of Smith and Butler Streets in Brooklyn announcing that Straub's new bookstore, Books are Magic, will soon be open for business.

Seattle's Phinney Books Owner Recounts Jeopardy Win: The bookstore, now open for two-and-a-half years was made possible after Tom Nissley, then an Amazon employee, won $340,000 on Jeopardy. “I think coming from Amazon made me realize that I don’t really have to compete with them,” Nissley said.

The Booksellers at Laurelwood Closes Amid Hope for a Successor: The Memphis independent bookstore closed despite numerous efforts to keep it open. When asked whether about what kind of business might crop up in the new space, the landlord hinted that a new bookstore might be in the works.

The Book Stall Tries to Survive: At one time, Norman supported five used bookstores, a Borders, a Hastings and a Barnes & Noble. Today just two of these businesses remain open.

Bookstore in Charleston, Ill., Makes Most of Broken Window: After a rock was thrown through the window at Bob’s Bookstore last week, a local artist pained a mural with the word "books" to cover the window.