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.
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.
February 20, 2014 |
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.
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.
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.
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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.