In Marin / CONVERSATION
At Sutter Health’s Novato Community Hospital,
we’ve added prominent Bay Area orthopedic
physicians to our growing program. Along with
anesthesiologists who specialize in your personal
pain management, you have a team of physical
therapists, orthopedic nurses and case managers
– who partner with you through your hospital stay
and home recovery. Expert care every step of the
way. It’s another way we plus you.
Bone and joint care,
now more experts in Marin.
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don’t receive the margins they demand; and
they’ve become so large, the publishers are
frankly afraid of them. And when a publisher
fights back, books from that publisher are
made hard for people to buy. This is what
happened bet ween Hachette and Amazon.
Also, online booksellers are data-mining:
they are willing to take a loss on a book, or
sell it at very little markup, in exchange for
information about you. This information
is more valuable to them than the sale of a
book. Mr. Online Person knows what books
you read, and by using algorithms or what-
ever, knows what else might be sold to you
at a much bigger markup — from underwear
to refrigerators. So the books are the stalk-
ing horse, so to speak. I don’t know where
that will go. People are making the choice
whether they want to support that, or not. It’s
an ethical choice we all have to make.
If online booksellers aren’t enough competition, the big-box chains are. For example,
Barnes and Noble moved nearby eight years
ago — how has that impacted your business?
Do they hurt us? Tremendously! Yes, we’re
still here, but there’s a lot more we could be
doing if they were not here, there’s no question
about it. When Borders went out of business,
our business improved and we were able to
add more events for adults and children. It’s
a very competitive world, and Marin and the
Bay Area in general are fortunate to have so
many independent bookstores. And we’re fortunate that Marinites, when they buy books,
make the decision to keep us here.
Let’s talk about the good news in the book
publishing industry. Well, the publishing
business is alive. It’s a very different busi-
ness, but it’s definitely alive. Big publishers
have tended to consolidate and there are
now really only five big publishing houses.
Random House recently bought Penguin
Books and they are huge. Perhaps now they
I think Book Passage has
become something that belongs
not just to Bill and me, but also
to the entire community.