Good news! The American Booksellers Association announced this week a new contract with Kobo, which will take effect in a few months and replace the ABA’s old agreement with Google ebooks that expires at the end of this year. Independent bookstores all over the country and the world will soon be working with Kobo through the ABA to offer an affordable and more flexible alternative to another more, ahem, proprietary ereader and ebook provider who shall not be named. Kobo offers applications that allow their books to be read on other devices such as Nooks and iPads. BookPeople will be launching its official website by the end of the year and with it, Kobo ebooks and perhaps Kobo e-readers. Sales proceeds from Kobo ebooks through our website will be shared between us and Kobo – making it possible for customers anywhere to support their favorite local bookstore and still enjoy digital books.
We will keep you posted here about this issue. Watch for more news later in September.
I love summer but I also love its end, when heat-drugged Moscow freshens up with cooler weather and the return of students. We hope WSU, LCSC, and UI students will come check out the new BookPeople of Moscow. We have amazing magazines, gifts, cards, and of course books that you simply won’t find anywhere else in this region; our helpful staff love to talk books and help you find or order what you need, and the store is a cool place in a really happening downtown. Get off campus and visit us often – it will help make your college years worthwhile!
We are so excited about our full fall schedule of readings, signings, and book launch parties. Please see my recent posts for more information on upcoming events. Also mark these others on your calendar, we’ll post more information as it becomes available: the Hemingway Festival takes place September 4 – 6 with a reading here at BookPeople on the evening of Sept. 6th, and the book launch party for N.D. Wilson’s newest book, The Drowned Vault (Ashtown Burials #2) will be right here at BookPeople on Tuesday, September 11. Please note that when you prepay and pre-order a copy of The Drowned Vault, we will give you a 20% discount!!