James Patterson Giving $1 Million to Indie Bookstores

After Monday’s depressing post, I figured I needed to post something more cheerful today: 2011’s most well-paid author, James Patterson, has pledged to donate $1 million of his own money to independent bookstores across the nation. According to his statement, he “feels that bookstores are vital to communities and that they leave a lasting love […]

Shrinking Giant: B&N Closing More Stores

According to an article in the LA Times (quoting the WSJ, which is behind a paywall), Barnes & Noble, the last of the big chain bookstores, plans to whittle its brick-&-mortar stores down to only 450 or 500 stores in the next ten years. The reason: e-books. Big surprise. So is this a good thing […]

The Best New Idea: Coffee & Books

Hillcrest Media Group just launched Coffeeandbooks.com, an innovative project teaming up with Dunn Bros coffee to promote independent-press and self-published authors. Writers and authors get free coffee and discounts for joining, and the project offers writers promotional events in the coffeehouses and online. I can’t believe other coffeehouse chains haven’t thought of this sooner. Now […]