B&N Reports Falling Sales in Fiscal 2017 Report

Barnes & Noble finished the fiscal year with sales of $3.89 billion, a decline of 6.5% from fiscal 2016. Despite the decrease in sales, operating income in fiscal 2017, which ended April 29, jumped to $54.3 million, up from $14.6 million. The retailer was able to improve its bottom line largely by reducing its losses…

The Line Between Speech and Censorship at Bookstores

How do booksellers, particularly small independent stores, respond to books that not only challenge their ability to host an event but likely offend their own political or moral principles? At a BookExpo panel entitled “Selling Controversial Books,” a group of independent booksellers offered differing views on dealing with inflammatory books and their authors. The discussion,…

Summer Book Pics: Fly Me

Fly Me Daniel Riley. Little, Brown, $27 (400p) ISBN 978-0-316-36213-9 PURCHASE  Flying the friendly skies in the 1970s was definitely an adventure, what with all those skyjackings, as Riley demonstrates in his first novel. Suzy Whitman is a stew working out of Sela del Mar, a coastal community near L.A. The year is 1972, and…

ALA 2017: ALA, Google Announce $500,000 in Grants to Support Computer Skills

The American Library Association began its 2017 annual conference with a reception at Google’s Chicago office on Thursday to celebrate a new $500,000 competitive grant program, sponsored by Google, to encourage computer skills in America’s libraries. The grants are the latest phase in the ALA’s “Libraries Ready to Code” program, and will support as many…

MTV Movie & TV Awards – And The Winner Is…

The rebooted MTV Movie and TV Awards, which now honors both big and small projects, debuted on Sunday night. The show was hosted by comedian and actor Adam DeVine, who kicked things off with an over-the-top musical number from “Beauty and the Beast.” Actress Emma Watson, who starred in the Disney blockbuster, won the night’s…

Hacker demands ransom for new season of ‘Orange Is the New Black’

A hacker claims to have stolen the upcoming season of Netflix’s hit series Orange Is the New Black, and is demanding that the video streaming service pay an unspecified ransom to prevent all the new episodes from being prematurely released online. The hacker, operating under the name The Dark Overlord, has already purportedly uploaded the first…

Prince Remembered

For Prince fans, the one-year anniversary of his shocking death from an accidental drug overdose will be a time for sadness and celebration. It was a year ago Friday that the music superstar was found dead at Paisley Park, the suburban Minneapolis recording complex where he lived. At Paisley Park, which has been turned into…

“The Midnighters” Premieres at the 20th Annual Phoenix Film Festival

The Phoenix Film Festival is the place to be this weekend…and The Midnighters is the film to see! Response to the film has been excellent as you’ll discover in the review below.   “The Midnighters” Premieres at the 20th Annual Phoenix Film Festival“   First-time filmmaker Julian Fort will premiere his crime thriller “The Midnighters”…