“It was an enchanting and unforgettable NY evening at Peter Yarrow’s home. Even more exciting is the Imagine list from The Marvelous Toy to Galapagos, we can’t wait to get the titles in the store and introduce our customers to these amazing books.”
-Sandy Francis, The Bookstore in the Grove, Coconut Grove, FL
“Imagine’s party at BEA was the best event of the weekend, largely because of the great authors they have lined up- Peter Yarrow, Tom Paxton and Cousin Brucie. There is no one bringing music to booklovers like the Nurnberg’s.”
-Chris Morrow, Northshire Bookstore
“The evening at Peter Yarrow’s affirmed the timelessness of the musicians and the music. Now the music is celebrated in print. May we all sing along.”
-Michael Powell, Powell’s Books, Portland, Oregon
Posted by Mike Shatzkin on June 24, 2009, Family Businesses- The Shatzkin Files:
“Now I’m working with another family business called BookMasters , in Ashland, Ohio. BookMasters started out as a printer in the 1960s. Their operations have grown in both directions along the value chain from printing. They have a business, BookMasters Digital, that provides an XML workflow from concept to the press. And they have another division, BookMasters Distribution, that takes the output from the presses and provides warehousing, sales, fulfillment, and collection. The Wurster family that owns BookMasters has many business characteristics in common with the Wileys, Riggios, and Ingrams. They have a high degree of loyalty with many long-standing employees. They have a persistent commitment to operational excellence. And they have a high degree of strategic consistency: they are willing to build things over a long period of time.
John Ingram saw over a decade ago that the book wholesaling business Ingram was in was living on borrowed time. He saw Lightning as a bridge to the future. Dave Wurster knows that printing is not a growth industry and he’s building his bridge to sustainability with service offerings that expand his importance to his customer base. Over time, both of these family owners can see the possibility of a totally transformed business. Their focus primarily is on how to make sure their business survives a long time, not on immediate profit. In a time of great change, I believe it’s a competitive edge.”
To read more : http://www.idealog.com/blog/family-businesses
BookMasters received much positive feedback from booksellers at the previous BEA event!
“We had a wonderful evening with Peter Yarrow, Judy Collins, Tom Paxton and Cousin Brucie. It was one of the highlights of this year’s BEA for us. Just being together with these talented people (and singing along!) made me excited to start selling this great line of books. It’s not often that I can be telling a story and then slip in, “Oh, and then Neil Sedaka stopped by and sat down at the piano.” Peter Yarrow’s “magic” should keep working and the line up of friends he is bringing to Imagine is impressive.
-Lorna Ruby, Wellesley Booksmith, Wellesley, MA
*Imagine is the new start up company by Charles Nurnberg (Sterling Publishing). Imagine is distributed by BookMasters Distribution Services.