About a week ago, the New York Times posted an article about how e-books are catching on (finally), and cited Amazon’s undisclosed Kindle sales stats to support its argument. I’ll likely have more to say on e-books as the year progresses, but I couldn’t help but point out this incredible letter to the editor that [...]
Regular blogging will commence next week, including a full recap of my year in books, but for now, I found a few cool things to point out to everyone: David Stretfield in the New York Times on how bargain-hunting readers (particularly the online variety) are killing publishing and bookselling. I would extend this argument further [...]
The store is packed with bargain hunters getting next year’s Christmas and Hanukkah goods, and I’m in the office, contemplating when it’s acceptable to start drinking afternoon coffee. Like for instance, do I have to wait until the afternoon? It’s cold here, and that’s fueling my desire for something warm. Here are some things to [...]
No gift ideas today. If you haven’t finished shopping, well, we’re open till 6:30. For the rest of you, some audio/video entertainment: “The boys of the NYPD choir were singing ‘Galway Bay,’ and the bells were ringing out for Christmas Day.” Happy holidays, everyone!
Laura Webb is our Simon & Schuster rep. Here are her holiday picks this season: Just After Sunset by Stephen KingPrice: $28.00I’ve long been a fan of Stephen. I haven’t long been a fan of short stories. I like getting drawn in to a story, feel a bond with the characters and then get the [...]
Tom Benton is our Penguin sales rep. He might be the only person in America who likes David Benioff’s City of Thieves more than we do (except maybe Amanda Peet). He recommends the following books: City of ThievesBy David BenioffPrice: $24.95If you haven’t read it already, you must read this. It is that rare novel [...]
Nicole is our Penguin Young Readers Group Rep. She also helps out in our children’s department for the holidays. Here are some of her picks for great kid’s titles this year: Brava, Strega Nonaby Tomie dePaola, paper engineered by Robert Sabuda and Matthew ReinhartAges 4+$29.99Strega Nona has been loved by generations of readers, but they’ve [...]
(Or go to our YouTube page to watch the video in high quality, as its director intended before those studio hacks got a hold of it and compromises were made.) And then click here to buy the stuff in the video. That’s synergy in action!
And by non-book merchandise, I mean liquor. Cognac, to be specific. Last New Year’s my wife and I made Sidecars (cognac, cointreau, lemon juice and sugar…yum), and I really liked them. I also liked having a glass of the leftover cognac after a big meal. The trouble is I only had wine glasses from which [...]
Wade Lucas is our local Random House sales rep. Everybody at the store eagerly awaits his visits, as he always has a great tip on what to read next. Here are a few books he’s recommending this holiday season: The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie BarrowsThis is [...]