Two indies on the market since July have found new owners. A former employee purchased Excelsior Bay Books near Minneapolis, while a trio of bookselling veterans bought Chicago's Pilsen Community Books.
Bookstore sales tumbled 10.3% in August compared to August 2018, according to preliminary figures released by the U.S. Census Bureau. The double digit decline suggests that college students are cutting their purchases of print materials in favor of greater use of digital content.
The number of books self-published in the U.S.in 2018 jumped 40% over 2017, according to Bowker’s annual survey of the self-publishing market. More than 1.6 million books were self-published last year.
First published in English in 2011, this new edition of The Drops of God by Tadashi Agi (a pseudonym for sibling creators Shin and Yuko Kibayashi) with artwork by Shu Okimoto, will be released in a digital edition by Comixology Originals. In this 12-page excerpt, a young female sommelier (or wine expert), who has botched the pouring of a rare wine, is rescued by Kanzaki Shizuku's dazzling and superior skills as a sommelier.
This year's Mountains & Plains regional booksellers gathering in Denver was busy and productive, where indie booksellers celebrated their past and present, while reimagining their future as western booksellers.
Once again, the Miami Book Fair offers a week of rare opportunities to see and hear some of today’s biggest writers and influencers. We interview festival authors including Debbie Harry, John Waters, Stephen Chbosky, Nathan Englander, Jamaica Kincaid, and more.