The downloadable audio site for indie bookstores, Libro.fm, sets opening date; a new Georgia bookstore will sell books by the pound; a Nevada shop announces plans to close; and more.
Libro.fm Begins Offering Audiobook Memberships: The downloadable audiobook service that works with independent bookstores will begin offering customers memberships on March 1. Customers who sign up get their first audiobook for $0.99 and pay $14.99 each month for one title.
Georgia Bookstore Sells Books by the Pound: A store in Lawrenceville, Ga., Books by the Pound, has opened that is selling used and remainder books by weight, starting at $3.99 per pound. The shop is a three-month experiment by AmeriFolio, LLC, which owns a warehouse in Suwanee, GA and has been selling books online since 2014. If the concept succeeds, the owners say they might open further locations in and around Atlanta.
The Bookstore in Elko, Nev. to Close: After 26 years in business, The Bookstore in Elko, Nev. is closing. “We cannot compete with Amazon and the Internet,” said owner Tammi Santistevan, who bought the store in 2006. She cited "showrooming" as one challenge, with customers snapping photos to go then buy books online.
Annapolis Bookstore Hosts "Take a Book to Bed Week: The Maryland bookstore is inviting customers to curl up in a bed set up in the store window and read. The event, which has been held annually since 2008, this year features the theme is "Dangerous Ladies: Take a Book to Bed."
Florence, Alabama's College of Business Buys Bookstore: The College of Business in Florence, Ala. bought the Off Campus Bookstore Feb. 2., primarily to acquire the building that housed the bookstore. The bookstore's manager says that the store will move, but to an as yet undetermined location.
Tulsa, Okla. Store Proud of "Nerd" Status: Bound for Glory Books: a primarily used bookstore opened at the end of last year, is located on a street that includes a "gaming store (Dice Addiction), a toy store (All Star Toys), a comic store (Mammoth Comics) and a store (Good Mischief) that offers weird resale items."