According to federal prosecutors, the massive book sales of former Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh were really a racket — built on a ruse that saw Pugh increase her profits time and again by intentionally double-selling the books by the thousands, first to one paying customer and then to another.
Ed and Ann Berlin's professional lives took a fresh turn when they took over as owners of the 10-year-old Ivy Bookshop in January, 2012. She had years of experience as a book publishing executive, he had devoted much of his professional life to the technical side of finance, but neither had run a retail store. The work has been harder than Ed Berlin thought at first, but he said they've maintained 8-to-10 percent sales growth every year and stuck to their commitment to high literary quality.
Inside GreenRow Books, which opened Oct. 1, candles and coffee mugs adorn shelves filled with tomes. A pair of vintage green oars hangs above the cash register. Owner Beth Panageotou, 39, made comfort a priority by using rustic, farmhouse-style decor in her store, but what makes GreenRow Books different from other bookstores is its ability to connect with its readers through a community of book clubs.
Children's author Laurel Snyder of Atlanta, grew up in Radnor-Winston and went to Roland Park Elementary/Middle School, said the influence of Baltimore colors her works. She is one of five former Baltimoreans and authors who will sit on a panel called Baltimore Bred, at the Baltimore Book Festival.
That the function of culling books generates money for buying new books is a good way to handle the task, whether it's through book sales on site or the discounted selling of large quantities of lesser titles.
Jo Keller squirreled away many of the books she read as a child growing up in England and is now slowly introducing them to her own young children, who are savoring volumes with their mother's childhood scribblings inside.
Saying that money had been wasted and school system policies had not been followed in the purchases of books and writing of curriculum, school board members asked administrators Tuesday night for reassurances that similar mistakes would not be made in the future.
The news that Borders was finally giving up the ghost and closing its doors after 40 years came as no real surprise. It was, according to The Wall Street Journal this week, the "first major casualty of the digital era in buying and reading books."
By By Frederick N. Rasmussen and The Baltimore Sun