IPG’s ebooks return to Kindle Store shelves


Publishers Lunch reports that the Independent Publishers Group and Amazon have reached an agreement that will end a three-month standoff over sales of the distributor’s ebooks in the Kindle store.

The dispute, which began in February, saw about 5,000 IPG titles removed from the store. Although details were not made public, IPG has said it objected to proposed terms that would have substantially reduced authors’ earnings.

The standoff affected only IPG’s ebook titles. Amazon continued to sell paper versions of IPG’s books throughout the dispute.

IPG was established in 1971 to represent titles from independent presses to the book trade. It has since grown into a major distributor, providing a range of services to a variety of small and large publishers. It represents several U.K. and Australian publishers, and sells directly into the Canadian market through the Toronto-based Manda Group

Bookstore finds joy in You Tube hit


Type Books on Toronto’s Queen St. West has garnered unexpected international attention with its You Tube sensation, The Joy of Books.

The stop-action animation has gone viral since being posted January 9. By week’s end, more than one million people had viewed the video, which has also been featured on major television stations in Canada.

Created by Sean Ohlenkamp, art director at ad agency Lowe Roche, the two-minute video gives us a glimpse of what goes on in these bookstores when the human folk have left for the day. Original music from the Grayson Matthews studio helps set a magical mood.

The video took four nights to film, with a gaggle of volunteers helping to shelve and reshelve the books through the wee hours, from store closing at 6 p.m. to reopening at 10 the next morning.

You can see the video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=SKVcQnyEIT8&feature=share, at Type Books or at the Grayson Matthews website.


Another bookstore closing its doors


Toronto is set to start the new year with the loss of yet another independent book store.

Local media reports say the Book Mark is set to close by the end of this month. The store, which is located on Bloor Street West in Etobicoke, claims to be Toronto’s oldest independent bookstore, with more than 45 years of operation.

The closure is being blamed on a sharp rise in rent and high property taxes.

The Book Mark announcement continues a trend that has seen the closure of several Toronto books stores over the past few years. The list includes The Flying Dragon, Pages, This Ain’t the Rosedale Library, Ballenford Books, David Mirvish Books, and McNally Robinson Booksellers.