Distribution

In the Age of Amazon, Used Bookstores Are Making an Unlikely Comeback
December 29, 2015 at 12:42 pm

Early next month, Pablo Sierra is opening a used bookstore in Northwest Washington—an unlikely bet in the digital age made even more inconceivable, given that his only experience with books is reading them. “I guess it is pretty crazy,” Sierra said, echoing an observation shared by some of his friends. Or maybe not. Sierra, like…

How to Conquer Your Emotions During Book Sale Negotiations
December 23, 2015 at 9:28 am

Negotiating a large-quantity book sale is a little like playing poker, requiring both hard and soft skills. To be good at it you need practice and experience. You also need a little chutzpah, the creativity to recognize alternatives, the ability to assess odds, the willingness to take calculated risks, and the confidence to bluff when…

Press Release: Trajectory and the Association of American University Presses (AAUP) Announce Partnership
December 17, 2015 at 11:18 am

BOSTON and NEW YORK—December 15, 2105—Trajectory and The Association of American University Presses (AAUP) are pleased to announce a partnership to bring Trajectory’s innovative book discovery solutions, global distribution network, and metadata translations to AAUP members. Peter Berkery, AAUP Executive Director, commented, “We are always looking for new and innovative solutions to bring to our…

Notes from a Bookseller Under Pressure
December 15, 2015 at 2:15 pm

There are many of us who hear/sing songs in our head appropriate to our stresses. For me, it is usually a Dylan song. Something depressing about how it’s not dark yet, but it’s getting there. A standard. But for Thanksgiving Friday, Small Business Saturday and the weeks before the two holidays, it is Bowie and…

Press Release: 123Library Offers Publishers an Affordable B2B ebook Distribution Tool
November 19, 2015 at 3:05 pm

LONDON—November 19, 2015—Specialist ebook platform 123Library.org has developed an innovative service to provide publishers with their own branded cloud-based platform from which to deliver titles directly to institutions, corporations and libraries. The UK-based ebook supplier to academic institutions is filling an existing gap in the market by providing an affordable tool to deliver ebooks, effectively…

How Amazon’s Long Game Yielded a Retail Juggernaut
November 19, 2015 at 2:27 pm

To study the graph of Amazon’s stock performance in 2015 is to witness a series of stepwise lurches toward commanding new heights. Over all, the stock market has been flat this year, and technology companies, as a group, haven’t fared much better. Then there’s Amazon, which slipped the atmosphere. Shares of Jeff Bezos’s company have…

New French Vending Machines Dispense Free Short Stories
November 16, 2015 at 10:02 am

At Digital Trends, Lulu Chong looked at something new in vending machines: the Short Edition machines set up in Grenoble France under the leadership of the city’s mayor, Green Party member Eric Piolle. Eight of these machines will be located throughout the center of the city. Stories are printed free of charge, and readers can…

Poetry Books Are on the Rise Thanks to Social Media
November 11, 2015 at 2:06 pm

On a recent Friday night, Tyler Knott Gregson, a blond, tattooed poet from Montana, took the stage at a Manhattan bookstore and beamed at the crowd that had come to celebrate his new haiku collection. From Our Advertisers “This is rad. I appreciate it,” he said, taking in the roughly 150 people who had crowded…

Amazon Opens Bookstore in Seattle
November 3, 2015 at 1:13 pm

The opening of Amazon.com's first brick-and-mortar store on Tuesday proves that software is not really "eating the world," as venture capitalist Marc Andreessen put it in 2011. In his widely noted Wall Street Journal column about predatory software, Andreessen wrote: Today, the world's largest bookseller, Amazon, is a software company -- its core capability is its amazing software…