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The Charlottetown Guardian‘s Dave Stewart reports that Charlottetown independent book store Bookmark (official site, Yelp), along with its satellite store in Halifax, will survive. After the death of the small chain’s owner in 2013, Bookmark went up for sale. It has since been bought by a pair of investors who seem committed to Bookmark’s history as an excellent indie bookstore. Here’s hoping!
Dan MacDonald has started another chapter in a business legacy that began in Charlottetown 42 years ago.
MacDonald and his wife Marlene recently purchased one of the few remaining independent book stores in Atlantic Canada.
Bookmark Inc. was founded in Charlottetown in 1972 and has been at its present location in the Confederation Court Mall since 1980. The business expanded into Nova Scotia in 1989, opening a location on Spring Garden Road in Halifax.
“Books are a passion of mine,” Dan MacDonald tells The Guardian. “I’m very excited about it. Owning a book store is something I’ve thought about for the last 10 to 15 years.”
Dan and Marlene purchased the Bookmark from the estate of Rodney Jones, the store’s long-time owner who died more than a year ago.
Gary MacLeod, president of Bookmark Inc., said Jones’ daughters, Tarra Drevet and Charla Jones, wanted to ensure that the stores would have continued success in both Charlottetown and Halifax “with a new owner who would have the vision to continue operating both locations with the same passion that Rodney had”.
His daughters issued a statement to the media through the MRSB Group, which handled the sale.
“We are so proud of the business which our father established and built over the last 40 years,” Drevet and Jones said. “We believe that Dan and Marlene will be able to maintain and grow the business based upon the successful framework established by our father.”
No changes are planned at either location and all staff have been retained.
CBC observes that the Toronto Reference Library now offers a book printing service. While I don’t see any indication that the library will offer more technical and non-prining services like registering an ISBN and the like, this is a decided advance.
You typically go to the library to take out a book, but now you can go to a Toronto library and make one.
The Toronto Reference Library unveiled its newest form of technology at its Digital Innovation Hub — a book printing machine.
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What’s new is the ability to self-publish books – whether your own piece of literature, a cook book, dissertation or whatever you choose for a relatively reasonable price of $145 for 10 copies of a 150-page book.
“It’s like watching a birthing,” said Toronto author Nina Munteanu. She was one of the first people to use the machine.
The Asquith Press, costing about $68,000, sounds like a photocopier while it works, but the Plexiglas sides reveal each stage of the book making process.
“You can literally see the cover being made and all the pages being trimmed and glued together and being bound,” she said.