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October 12, 2009 | Hugo Martin
As customers listened to the strains of Bob Dylan and browsed the black shelves of Book Soup in West Hollywood, bookstore fans wondered about the future of this hip independent bookstore. "I don't like the news that all of these great independent bookstores are going bye-bye," said David Armstrong, a New Yorker who was shopping Sunday at Book Soup during a business trip to Los Angeles. The concern followed news that Vroman's bookstore in Pasadena has signed an agreement to purchase Book Soup, which its founder, Glenn Goldman, put on the market shortly before he died of pancreatic cancer in January.
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February 20, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
This week, novelist James Patterson started doing something many an author has secretly dreamed of doing: he's giving back to the bookstores that made it possible for him to be an author in the first place. Making good on a promise he made last fall to give $1 million to independent bookstores, Patterson announced Wednesday that he's sent out the first batch of the checks. Fifty-five bookstores across the United States will receive grants totaling $267,000. “Every day, booksellers are out there saving our country's literature,” Patterson said in a news release.
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ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
This summer Molly Ringwald said that she read "Fifty Shades of Grey" because "when a book becomes that big, I feel like it's culturally relevant. " No book in recent memory has sold as fast as the lead title of E.L. James' erotic trilogy. It enjoyed an avalanche of popularity: The more people were reading it, the more other people wanted to read it. But "Fifty Shades" is the exception: Today it's easier than ever to find something to read. But the right thing? That's another matter altogether.
NATIONAL
November 25, 2013 | By John M. Glionna
SWEETWATER STATION, Wyo. - In the fading afternoon light, the barnyard is turning raucous: the chickens are clucking, peacocks are pacing and sheep are bawling, making the llama a bit nervous. The donkey just works his gums as though chawing on a plug of tobacco. Polly Hinds and Lynda German stand beaming amid the chaos, their old blue tractor in the background, framed by an endless expanse of prairie sky. For the two literary outliers, it is the end of another precious day on their unlikely experiment in the middle of Wyoming's nowhere.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 20, 2014 | By Hector Tobar
This week, novelist James Patterson started doing something many an author has secretly dreamed of doing: he's giving back to the bookstores that made it possible for him to be an author in the first place. Making good on a promise he made last fall to give $1 million to independent bookstores, Patterson announced Wednesday that he's sent out the first batch of the checks. Fifty-five bookstores across the United States will receive grants totaling $267,000. “Every day, booksellers are out there saving our country's literature,” Patterson said in a news release.
NEWS
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.
BUSINESS
June 2, 2008 | Scott J. Wilson
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.
MAGAZINE
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.
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 2, 2008 | Scott Timberg, Times Staff Writer
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.
ENTERTAINMENT
November 13, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
It's not hard to find an author at a bookstore: Just go during the early evening and look for the person squinting under the bright lights, reading to a small crowd of people seated in folding chairs. But on Small Business Saturday, the roles will be reversed: They won't be taking center stage. They'll be there to help you.  Authors have signed up to spend the Saturday after Thanksgiving volunteering as booksellers at their local independent bookstores . About 100 independent bookstores nationwide are planning to have authors come in and assist customers.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 28, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg
The Southern California Independent Booksellers Assn. -- SCIBA -- celebrated its favorite books of the last year and got to know some writers with books on the way Friday night at its 2013 Authors Feast. The event includes the SCIBA Awards, a look into its trade show, which continues today, and a dinner at which authors with upcoming books had to switch tables, speed-dating style. Bestselling thriller writer Jeffery Deaver, whose book "The October List" debuts next week, gave the keynote address.
BUSINESS
July 8, 2013 | By Tiffany Hsu
Barnes & Noble Inc. Chief Executive William Lynch resigned Monday from his post, the nation's leading bookseller said. His departure is effective immediately. He also stepped down from the Manhattan company's board of directors. The retailer declined to offer a reason for his exit, saying it would not comment beyond its initial news release. Executive Chairman Leonard Riggio said in a company statement that Barnes & Noble  -- which has 675 B&N bookstores in 50 states -- continues to review its strategic plan and will offer an update when appropriate.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 11, 2013 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
Looking ahead to books in 2013 is a little like predicting the Los Angeles weather: sunny, pleasant, better than average. The fiction fields are fertile, the nonfiction skies clear and the young adult books are fresh like spring rain. We'll see new books from old favorites: January brings Brad Meltzer's "The Fifth Assassin" and "The Storyteller" by Jodi Picoult arrives in February. March marks "The Reluctant Fundamentalist" novelist Mohsin Hamid's "How to Get Filthy Rich In Rising Asia.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 29, 2012 | By Hector Tobar
Rueben Martinez was a steelworker first, and then a barber, before he became the book maven he is today. Raised in Arizona, and later employed at the long-gone Bethlehem Steel plant in Maywood, he later opened up a barbershop in Santa Ana and gathered a few books for his customers to read while they waited to get haircuts. That informal barbershop lending library grew to become Libreria Martinez in the early 1990s, a bookstore built around Martinez's large collection of, and love for, Chicano/Latino literature and history.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 23, 2012 | By Carolyn Kellogg, Los Angeles Times
This summer Molly Ringwald said that she read "Fifty Shades of Grey" because "when a book becomes that big, I feel like it's culturally relevant. " No book in recent memory has sold as fast as the lead title of E.L. James' erotic trilogy. It enjoyed an avalanche of popularity: The more people were reading it, the more other people wanted to read it. But "Fifty Shades" is the exception: Today it's easier than ever to find something to read. But the right thing? That's another matter altogether.
NEWS
June 22, 1986
This is in reference to the Paul Dean piece, headlined "One Man's Battle to Revive a Novel" (June 11). I don't know whether to laugh or cry. On one hand, Duane Unkefer's plight is typical of the treatment accorded authors by most publishers. On the other hand, Unkefer got $160,000 up front, plus a paperback deal, more than 40 times the advance most novelists are paid. I'm mystified by the book publishing industry, which continues to produce far more books than it's willing to market and promote.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 31, 2000
Re "Booksellers Battle Back: Independents Try to Stack Up Against Superstores," Dec. 19. Thanks for your coverage of independent bookstores. Since before our opening in 1983, chain bookstores have dominated San Fernando Valley bookselling. No change there. The greatest changes we have seen over the last 17 years are the advent of so-called superstores, the appearance of some books some of the time in warehouse, drug and grocery stores, and the growth of e-tailing. To some degree, all of these developments respond to social changes in our Valley, as residents devote more and more hours to work and as traffic-congested streets make a trip to a nearby retailer seem like a trek.
BUSINESS
May 1, 2012 | By Andrea Chang and David Sarno, Los Angeles Times
Barnes & Noble Inc.'s prospects against rivals Amazon.com Inc. and Apple Inc. in the fast-growing digital reader business just got a big lift thanks to a $605-million investment from Microsoft Corp. For the nation's No. 1 bookstore chain, the infusion will help its Nook business better compete against the top-selling Kindle e-reader and iPad tablet computer and relieves some of the pressure on Barnes & Noble to turn a profit on the Nook. It's also a good deal for Microsoft, which is spending barely 1% of its $60-billion cash reserve to gain a bigger presence in the e-reader and tablet markets ahead of the widely anticipated launch of its Windows 8 operating software later this year.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 18, 2011 | By David L. Ulin, Los Angeles Times Book Critic
About a month ago, I had a couple of conversations about publishing and bookselling that seemed to fly in the face of convention - if, by convention, you mean the idea that publishing and bookselling are doomed. The first was with Steve Crist, publisher of the Santa Barbara-based press Ammo Books, which recently released "Edward Weston: One Hundred Twenty-Five Photographs," a retrospective with text from Weston's notebooks. The second was with Maryelizabeth Hart, co-owner of San Diego's Mysterious Galaxy Bookstore, which opened a satellite branch in Redondo Beach this fall.
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