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Profiles in Publishing: Sir Allen Lane

Name: Sir Allen Lane Birthdate/Place: September 21, 1902. Bristol, England. Publishers Associated With: Penguin Books Claim to Fame: Sir Allen began his career at publishing company Bodley Head as an apprentice to his uncle, founder John Lane. After John Lane’s death, Allen changed his last name to Lane to retain control of the company– the original Lane had no children. Sir Allen conceived of paperback editions when he was traveling home from a meeting with Agatha Christie and he found himself on a train platform, stuck with nothing to read. […]

Q&A with Donna Kaufman: Getting Bookstore Owners Off to a Great Start

Donna Kaufman is the co-founder of Paz & Associates, a Bookstore Training and Consulting Group. The former bookstore manager decided to assist aspiring bookstore owners all over the world in success during an era when stores are rapidly becoming virtualized. She spoke we us about the best parts of her job and about making sure new booksellers have the tools to contribute to book business and their communities for years to come. **** How did you get involved with the industry? In 1982, after I’d graduated from college, I got a job […]