Whoops, the wrong distributor ...
Nancy Pearl, the author of the bestseller "Book Lust: Recommended Reading for Every Mood, Moment and Reason," may be America's most beloved librarian. There is even an action figure of her, pictured above.
She is now in strife, however. Indeed, she is a walking example of the best intentions being the path to hell. Pearl, a lifelong book recommender, thought that developing a book imprint of her own was an excellent idea. That imprint is titled Book Lust Rediscoveries, and it brings the books that Nancy Pearl loves back into print.
The only catch is that it's with Amazon.
Booksellers, both Indie and chains like Barnes & Noble, are refusing to stock the books. Why should they put money in the pockets of the mega-online seller, they ask.
"I don’t want to stock a book and have Amazon get the money,” Mark LaFramboise, chief buyer at the well-known Politics and Prose bookstore, told the Washington Post. Amazon, he says, wants "nothing other than our total annihilation."