September 25, 2010 |
After months of bitter attacks, Los Angeles billionaire Ronald Burkle and Barnes & Noble Chairman Leonard Riggio are expected to face off Tuesday in the next chapter of a prolonged battle over the world's largest bookseller. On one side is Burkle, 57, who made his fortune in supermarket chains and has been rapidly accumulating Barnes & Noble stock since late last year, raising the prospect that he is seeking control of the company. On the defensive is Riggio, 69, who grew Barnes & Noble from a single store in 1971 to the 1,350-outlet behemoth it is today, one that critics have blamed for the demise of small, independent bookstores.
January 30, 1988
The anonymous quote in the article ("Curling Up With a Good Bookstore"), which appeared in the Jan. 13 Orange County Life section of The Times, was irresponsible, self-righteous and totally inexcusable. The responsible booksellers at Brentano's South Coast Plaza find offense at being referred to as "Bimbos and Bimbettes" by an unnamed source who claimed that people in chain stores "don't know a book from an onion ring." He had one good reason for begging anonymity--he was not only wrong, but gratuitously offensive.
January 24, 1999
I feel lucky to live within walking distance of my favorite bookstore, Dutton's ("One 'Little Fish' Who Won't Abandon the Pond," SoCal P.O.V., by Patt Morrison, Dec. 6). The column did justice to Doug Dutton, a businessman who knows his customers by their first names and whose booksellers are so well-read that they are able to suggest good books to anyone of any age. What's more, for whatever school or nonprofit group I've been involved with during the past 10 years, Dutton has always been generous with gift certificates and/or a donation of books.
June 2, 2008 |
Plenty of websites sell books, but who has time to surf around looking for a bargain or searching for an obscure title? Bookfinder.com, a Berkeley-based website, simplifies things. Just enter a title or author (or both) and Bookfinder will search through more than 150 million books sold by Amazon, Barnes & Noble, EBay, Alibris, AbeBooks, Overstock.com, Half.com and dozens of other booksellers. The site ranks results from least to most expensive, with new and used books listed separately.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 17, 1990
I was saddened to read of the Studio City movie theater's impending closure. I'm not only in sympathy with those who mourn the loss of yet another landmark, but converting it into a corporate-owned bookstore leaves me doubly chagrined. I have fond memories of the Clark Dennis Bookstore in Studio City that was squeezed out when Crown and then B. Dalton opened practically next door. Then there was Hunter's in the Sherman Oaks Fashion Square, forced out when the Walden chain demanded exclusivity in that center.
June 2, 2008 |
As the four-day BookExpo America wound down at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Sunday, there was no easy consensus about a "big book" of the event, which alternates each year between New York and a rotating roster of other cities. The mood, many said, was more subdued than usual, given the flat numbers facing the publishing industry. Some said the slumping economy had meant more conservative travel budgets and hence fewer members in each publishing house's delegation. Still, L.A. is always a draw, and the convention's parties were thick with spirited revelers from around the country.