Friday, July 20, 2007

BPNW Members Receive Discounts From SPAN

Did you know that Book Publishers Northwest is a participant in Span’s Partner Program?

BPNW members can join the Small Publishers Association of North America for $70, a savings of $35.

BPNW provides its members with many different discounts throughout the year. To join, just download the BPNW Membership Form.

Supreme Court ruling on prices and how it affects the book industry

On June 28, 2007 the Supreme Court decided (5-4) that manufacturers could adopt and enforce "resale price maintenance agreements." In essence it means that in some cases a manufacturer can forbid discounting.

I think this is an incredibly important issue in the book-selling community with implications for both publishers and booksellers, especially independent booksellers who can't get the same discounts as the big internet retailers. If publishers are allowed to set prices, the independents will not need to compete against discounts they can't match. The publishers themselves will be in a better position to fight discount demands, too.

This affects me personally with a book (Writing for Wellness: A Prescription for Healing by Julie Davey) that is coming out in October. The book, which describes how to use a writing program as part of healing from cancer, will be sold primarily for fund raising for cancer hospitals and cancer research. As such, discounted books on, for example, will reduce the value of the book as a fund-raising tool. My question for you is whether the Supreme Court ruling applies to this book and how I should notify Amazon and others who are selling the book at a discount that they may not do that.

I'm hoping that the various perspectives will provide the best information on how to use this major change in the way the US does business.

Tom Blaschko
Idyll Arbor

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Special Sales "Webinar" Given by SPAN

"What is Special-Sales and How Can It Increase Your Profits?"
hosted by Brian Jud

July 18, 7:00 pm Eastern Time

Sell more books and make more money through non-bookstore sales.
Nation-wide expert, Brian Jud will tell us how to sell through the military, airport store, catalogs and many more profitable markets.

The class is limited to 30 people, so sign up early.
SPAN Members: $30 Non-members: $40

For more information and to sign up:
You can also sign up by calling the SPAN office at 719-475-1726

SPAN is Small Publishers Association of North America. SPAN is a nonprofit professional trade association dedicated to enhancing the image and profits of authors and independent presses in the U.S. and Canada.

Saturday, July 07, 2007

Italian Cooking Class Draws From Biography

Franca Mercati and author Diane Kinman are going to be featured at an “Italian Cooking” class on August 17 and 18 at Diane’s Market Kitchen, 1101 Post Alley, in Seattle. “Diane is no relation to me, but a great teacher!” said Kinman, the award-winning author of Franca’s Story: Survival in WWII Italy.

The class runs from 6 to 9 pm and students get to eat whatever they have just learned to make.

Many of the recipes are from Franca, who will talk about the food situation during WWII and how her family managed to survive.

To learn more about this book and BPNW member Wimer Publishing, check out To participate in the cooking class, call (206) 624-6114