Westhampton Beach Store Recognized Among Top Booksellers The Southampton Press — Apr 14, 2015
When Hillary Rodham Clinton announced that she’d be touring to promote her new memoir, “Hard Choices,” Books & Books owners Denise Berthiaume and Jack McKeown knew they had to throw their hats in the ring.The odds were stacked against them and their modest bookstore on Main Street in Westhampton Beach, even though the former first lady—and now presidential candidate—frequently visits the East End during the summer. Taking a chance, they emailed Ms. Clinton’s publisher, Simon & Schuster. And again. And again.
Fittingly, as Ms. Clinton once again attempts to make history, this particular bookstore made some history of its own last week: being named Publishers Weekly’s top bookseller in America.
Mr. McKeown and Ms. Berthiaume shared the honor with the handful of fellow Books & Books branches in Florida and the Cayman Islands, but, as Mr. McKeown pointed out, the recognition is based more on the efforts of independent bookstores that, despite the rise of electronic books and the fall of major corporations such as Borders, have continued to not only survive but thrive.
Books & Books Named PW Bookstore of the Year Publishers Weekly — Mar 30, 2015
Given the outsized influence that 33-year-old Books & Books and owner Mitchell Kaplan have exerted on independent bookstores and the literary culture at large, the biggest surprise about this year’s PW Bookstore of the Year Award is that it didn’t happen earlier.
Since it’s opening in 1982 in a 500 sq. ft. space in Coral Gables, Fl., Books & Books has grown considerably. Its flagship store moved across the street into a 9,000 sq. ft. location, which is on the Register of Historic Places, added a full-service café, and now hosts more than 60 events a month. In 1989, Kaplan added a second store on Lincoln Road in South Beach. After the opening of a third store in 2005 in the Bal Harbor Shops, an upscale mall that boasts the highest dollar per sq. ft. ratio in the world, Books & Books began leveraging its brand.
In 2007, it opened a store in the Cayman Islands. Three years later it opened an affiliate store in Westhampton Beach, Long Island, with Jack McKeown and Denise Berthiaume. Books & Books also partners on stores in Miami International airport, at the Southeast Financial Center in downtown Miami, and at the Coral Gables Museum.
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Meet the Owner: Jack McKeown of Books & Books Westhampton-Hampton Bays Patch — Thursday, August 2, 2012
Welcome to the first installment of Patch's weekly feature, called Meet the Owners. In this feature, Patch will highlight business owners from Westhampton, Hampton Bays and Quogue. We are kicking off the series with Books and Books owner Jack McKeown.
Teresa Giudice Signs Copies Of Her Book In Westhampton Beach RealityTea.com — Monday, June 25, 2012
Teresa Giudice is still hard at work promoting her latest cookbook, ‘Fabulicious: Fast & Fit’. The Real Housewives of New Jersey star was in Westhampton Beach over the weekend to attend a book signing and to hang with friends on the beach.
Lyons Has 1,000 Fascinating 'Stories' 27East.com — Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Not every kid gets a call from Marilyn Monroe on his 16th birthday, takes a personal tour of the White House with President Harry S. Truman, learns Spanish from Ernest Hemingway or teaches Richard Burton how to bunt. But Jeffrey Lyons did, thanks to his father, Leonard Lyons.
Leonard, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer who was the creator of “The Lyons Den” column in the New York Post, wrote more than 12,000 articles during a 40-year span—covering just about every person of note or in the public eye from 1934 to 1974. As a result of his work, Mr. Lyons’s son Jeffrey—and his brothers, George, Warren and Douglas—grew up rubbing elbows with some of the most famous people in the world.
To pay homage to his father’s career and considerable influence, Jeffrey, who hosted a radio show called “The Lyons Den” from 1975 to 1993, wrote the book “Stories My Father Told Me: Notes from ‘The Lyons Den.’” The book is jam-packed with anecdotes and riveting accounts about everyone from houseguests Salvador Dali and Joe DiMaggio, who visited the Lyons’ home at 81st and Central Park West in Manhattan, to “Hemingway, Fred Astaire, [Marlene] Dietrich; none of whom could hit a curve ball,” Mr. Lyons, a big baseball fan, said during a telephone interview last month. On Friday, June 15, Mr. Lyons will be hosted by Books & Books during a reading at the Westhampton Free Library at 7 p.m. The part-time Orient resident, who has also written or co-written books on the subjects of movies and baseball, said that he is excited to see that there is still so much interest in this book about his dad, particularly since he is working on a sequel.
Pitchapalooza: An Opportunity To Get Published 27East.com — Tuesday, May 29, 2012
It has been said that everyone has at least one good story in them. The question is, does everyone know how to tell that story?
Enter “The Book Doctors,” Arielle Eckstut and David Henry Sterry, authors of “The Essential Guide to Getting Your Book Published” and the married twosome behind “Pitchapalooza!,” an event designed to avail everyone of the opportunity to tell their stories. The Pitchapalooza! event, hosted by Books & Books in Westhampton Beach, will be held at the Westhampton Free Library on Saturday, June 2, at 4 p.m.
As many of our customers know, Books & Books WHB owners Jack McKeown and Denise Berthiaume are as involved in book marketing as they are in book selling. Denise also owns an advertising agency called Verso Advertising, Inc., a 20-year-old firm that serves the book publishing community from its offices in New York City. Periodically, Verso launches online surveys, in partnership with Burst Media, across its network of thousands of small-to-medium sized websites to gather information on consumer book-buying habits. The most recent survey was completed in December 2011, and the results were presented by Jack at several industry-wide conferences in early 2012. We think this information is of interest to readers everywhere, so we hope you'll take a look at what the Verso study reveals about current trends in book-buying sentiment and behavior. The slides from Jack's presentation of the survey results are here; and an overview of all the press coverage the Verso study received can be found here.
Books & Books Westhampton Beach — Special Event: Cocktails with Candace NYDailyNews.com — Monday, August 08, 2011
..."In my early 30s, my friends all wanted to get married and all I wanted to do was write a book," the 52-year-old Bushnell said at a book signing at Margarita Grille in Westhampton Beach Sunday.
...The fans — ranging in age from 20-somethings to 70-somethings — lined up for autographs at the event, arranged by Books & Books of Westhampton Beach, said they cannot get enough the story popularized by Sarah Jessica Parker in a hit HBO series.
"I'm a huge fan of all the "Sex and the City" TV shows and movies and I tried to buy this new book in the city, but they were sold out, so I decided to come to the Hamptons and meet her in person," said Christie Connick, 32, of Manhattan.
Books & Books (Florida) owner Mitchell Kaplan is determined to be one of the survivors.
You won’t find Kaplan wringing his hands over the impact of online book sales or the growth of digital books on the traditional bookselling industry. Instead, Kaplan has found ways to grow the Books & Books business amidst one of the industry’s most challenging times....
...Jack McKeown, owner of the Westhampton Beach store and a former book publisher, had known Kaplan for more than 30 years. When McKeown and his wife decided to open a bookstore, they decided a joint venture made the most sense. They have reduced overhead costs and simplified the inventory process by using the buying history at Books & Books in Coral Gables, which has similar market characteristics as the tony Long Island village. "Being risk averse types, we thought that the platform of a branded name would give us great credibility right out of the gate,” McKeown said. “It would create instant familiarity for a number of avid book buyers. We have been astonished at the number of times that people come in and say, ‘We love the Coral Gables store. We love Books & Books.'”