January 23rd, 2009

Is anyone going to BEA? Have I got a deal for you!

Is anyone going to Book Expo America in May? If you snag an ARC copy of the second in the Hunger Games trilogy, called Catching Fire, and are willing to loan it to me after you read it, I promise to:
* Donate $25 to the charity of your choice.
* Read it within three days.
* Not eat while reading or otherwise risk befouling it.
* Mail it back to you immediately after finishing it.
* Pay for postage both ways.

If the charity idea doesn't grab you, I’m willing to trade nearly anything, up to and possibly including Teen, so I don’t have to wait until September 8th to get my hands on a copy.

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Using Twitter to save your mom's bookstore - and getting a better job in the process

The Oregonian reports: “It began in early December when a man learned that his mother's Northeast neighborhood business, Broadway Books, faced financial problems more ominous than the struggles small independent booksellers typically see.

"Because I know how much this store means to her, I just sat at my desk in near tears for hours," Aaron Durand recalled in his blog.

"Then I got angry. Then I thought I'd do everything I can to help from my remote location here in San Francisco."

The 28-year-old Birkenstock USA employee, who left Portland in August, promised a burrito to anyone buying $50 or more in books by Christmas. Based on his credit card limit, he capped the offer at 166 burritos."

Not only did the store have the best revenue day in 17 years, but the son got a promotion out of the deal. Read more here.

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