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B&N.com Shows Healthy Gain For First Quarter

Pub Date: May 15, 2004

MAIN NEWS HEADLINES May 15-31, 2004 Edition B&N.com Shows Healthy Gain For First QuarterNEW YORK, NY/05/01/04—Barnes & Noble.com sales increased 8.4 percent to $114.9 million for the first quarter of 2004, and the company reduced last year’s losses of $13.1 million down to $9.8 million this year. Strong sales were attributed to bestsellers and textbooks Read more »

Harlequin Sales Slump Hurts Torstar Profits

Pub Date: May 15, 2004

MAIN NEWS HEADLINES May 15-31, 2004 Edition Harlequin Sales Slump Hurts Torstar ProfitsTORONTO/05/05/04—Torstar Corp. has posted a $2 million decline in profits for the quarter ending March 31 due to sluggish sales at Harlequin, the book publishing unit of newspaper publisher. Torstar profits for the first quarter dropped to $23 million, compared to $25 million Read more »

HarperCollins Sales Jump 30 Percent in First Quarter

Pub Date: May 15, 2004

MAIN NEWS HEADLINES May 15-31, 2004 Edition HarperCollins Sales Jump 30 Percent In First QuarterNEW YORK, NY/05/06/04—HarperCollins reported an incredible 30 percent increase in sales for the first quarter ending March 31. The company posted $321 million in sales, and earnings rose 56.5 percent to $36 million. CEO Jane Friedman said she expects to finish Read more »

Bertelsmann Posts Increased Earnings For First Quarter

Pub Date: May 15, 2004

MAIN NEWS HEADLINES May 15-31, 2004 Edition Bertelsmann Posts Increased Earnings For First Quarter FRANKFURT/05/05/04—Bertelsmann, the fourth largest media company in the world, posted earnings of 111 million euros ($134 million) for the first quarter of 2004, reversing year-ago losses of 75 million euros. The BMG music segment of the business clearly helped the company Read more »

Alibris Plans Public Offering to Expand Products

Pub Date: May 15, 2004

MAIN NEWS HEADLINES May 15-31, 2004 Edition Alibris Plans Public Offering to Expand Products05/06/04—Alibris, the online retailer that specializes in used books, will launch a public offering later this year to raise an estimated $30 million for company operations. Documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission say the company plans to offer 2.5 million Read more »

Librarians, Authors, Publishers to Discuss U.S. Library Challenges

Pub Date: May 15, 2004

MAIN NEWS HEADLINES May 15-31, 2004 Edition Librarians, Authors, Publishers to Discuss U.S. Library Challenges CHICAGO/05/10/04—More than 20,000 librarians, educators, writers, publishers and special guests are expected to attend the American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference, June 24-30, at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. The conference will feature hundreds of meetings and Read more »

Indies Market Share Increases to 16 Percent

Pub Date: May 15, 2004

MAIN NEWS HEADLINES May 15-31, 2004 Edition Indies Market Share Increases to 16 Percent NEW YORK, NY/05/7/04—Independent bookstores increased their share of the market to 16 percent in 2003—a five year high, according to a report by Ipsos BookTrends. Ipsos BookTrends data are compiled monthly from diaries kept by a panel of 16,000 nationally representative Read more »

BowTie Inc. Acquires Kennel Club Books, Continues Expansion

Pub Date: May 15, 2004

MAIN NEWS HEADLINES May 15-31, 2004 Edition BowTie Inc. Acquires Kennel Club Books, Continues Expansion LOS ANGELES AND ALLENHURST NJ/05/10/04—BowTie Inc.—whose magazine division Fancy Publications is America’s largest publisher of pet magazines—has acquired Kennel Club Books. Kennel Club has a backlist of about 200 titles, mainly about dog breeding. The Kennel Club unit will remain Read more »

May 15 – 31, 2004 People

Pub Date: May 15, 2004

Publishing News People May 15-31, 2004 Edition PEOPLE Mystery Writers Honor Erik Larson’s Work With 2004 Edgar SEATTLE, WA/5/6/04—Erik Larson of Seattle won the 2004 Edgar Award last week from the Mystery Writers of America. The Devil in the White City : Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America (Vintage, February 2004), Read more »

Barnes & Noble.com Reports 13.4 Percent Increase in Q1 2004

Pub Date: May 1, 2004

MAIN NEWS HEADLINES May 1-15, 2004 Edition Barnes & Noble.com Reports 13.4 Percent Increase in Q1 2004 NEW YORK/04/27/04—Barnes & Noble.com (Nasdaq:BNBN) ( www.bn.com) has announced that its comparable sales for first quarter 2004 were $120.2 million, a 13.4 percent increase over the prior year period. Comparable sales reflect the gross amount of used and Read more »