Friday, April 27, 2007

Business of Books Returns in September

The New Business Of Books - 2007 and Beyond
An All-Day Publishing Seminar

In 2005, Book Publishers Northwest's publishing seminar "Business of Books" sold out! Don’t miss this new and expanded all-day event that covers everything a publisher needs to know--from the basics of printing to the new income potential of the web and direct-to-consumer sales.

For registration information, see:
Business of Books 2007

Rainbow Bookfest

The Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation presents the 5th annual Rainbow Bookfest on Saturday (April 28, 2007) at the Asian Resource Center, 1025 S. King St, in Seattle.

Rainbow Bookfest makes it possible for authors of color to share and interact with readers from both mainstream and minority communities.

This free one-day event features guest speakers, author readings, panel discussions, food, and local vendors. This year's keynote address will be given by local author Kathleen Alcala, as well as panel discussions and presentations by more than 20 additional notable authors of color.

The festival opens at 9:30 am and runs until 5:00 p.m. For more information, see

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Amazon Sales to Top $13 Billion

Following a first quarter report of $3.02 billion in sales, now expects sales of more than $13.4 billion in 2007.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Ingram Bails Out Graphic Arts

According to Anchorage Daily News, Graphic Arts Center Publishing Co. of Oregon has been able to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy proceedings due to a "significant investment" from Ingram Book Group.

The reorganization plan will allow Graphic Arts to continue operating its businesses: Graphic Arts Books, WestWind Press and Alaska Northwest Books, the latter based in Anchorage.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Bright Ring Wins Homeschooling Award

Bright Ring Publishing, Inc. was recently awarded the 2007 Practical Homeschooling Reader Award in Art Appreciation for the title, Discovering Great Artists: Hands-On Art for Kids in the Styles of the Great Masters (by MaryAnn Kohl and Kim Solga). The award is by nomination from readers of the Practical Homeschooling magazine, and is Discovering Great Artists’ second year winning this award. Bright Ring is owned by MaryAnn Kohl.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Mother Love Up for Ben Franklin Award

Chris Salditt of Mother Love Publishing was recently notified that her book 50 Ways to Leave Your Mother is one of three finalists in the humor/satire/comedy category of the PMA Benjamin Franklin Awards.

Congratulations to Chris!

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

PNBA Puts Spring Show On Hiatus

The Pacific Northwest Booksellers Association announced today that they will not hold a Spring trade show in 2008 or 2009. Plans continue for a Fall Trade Show to take place in Bellevue in Fall 2007.

"I think putting the spring show on hiatus is what the association needs right now. With two tradeshows a year, we are a Tradeshow Production Company," stated PNBA Director Thom Chamblis in the association's newsletter.

The hiatus, continued Chambliss, would allow PNBA's staff to work on new programs to increase sales for independent bookstores.