Flat was the new up at many bookstores that participated in PW’s annual summer sales survey. Most were trying to keep up with last summer’s sales, which got a bump from Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman. “Last summer was our best summer since we opened,” said Kristen Sandstrom, manager of six-year-old Apostle Islands Booksellers in Bayfield, Wis. She’s not alone. “Last year was a terrific year,” noted Nancy Felton, co-owner of Broadside Bookshop in Northampton, Mass., adding that the store has been “holding our own” this summer. Some stores were up, such as Curious Iguana in Frederick, Md., the three-year-old bookstore spin-off of Dancing Bear Toys and Gifts. According to co-owner Marlene England, sales rose 22% from June to August over last year. Across the country, Kepler’s Books in Menlo Park, Calif., is also on an upward trajectory. “Sales continue to grow at a healthy pace, ranging from 5% to 10% per month, compared to the same respective months in 2015,” said co-owner Praveen Maden. He attributed this, in part, to the introduction of a gift subscription program, GiftLit, which has brought in thousands of customers from around the country. Brilliant Books, of Traverse City, Mich., has also nurtured online sales, which were up 65%, while in-store sales rose 5%. click Read More below for more of the story
Hearst Magazines today announced that James Wildman has been named president of Hearst Magazines Europe. Wildman, who has been president and chief executive officer of Hearst Magazines UK—publisher of Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire, Good Housekeeping and Harper’s BAZAAR—adds oversight of Hearst Magazines in Italy, the Netherlands and Spain to his responsibilities. The announcement was made by Hearst President and CEO Steven R. Swartz and Hearst Magazines President Troy Young, to whom Wildman will continue to report.
“James is an enterprising leader who immediately made a positive impact on our U.K. business,” Young said. “His passion for our industry coupled with his keen understanding of the European market will enable him to further advance our growth overseas, an increasingly important focus for us.”
Since joining Hearst Magazines UK in 2017, Wildman has led the business forward by accelerating the company’s revenue diversification and digital strategy, expanding its data capabilities and consumer event offerings and transforming the company’s culture.
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