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Loss leading did not begin with Amazon
December 21, 2013 | 11:00 am

A bookseller slashes prices on bestsellers by as much as 40% over the publisher’s suggested retail price. It starts doing a brisk business, and as a result is able to stock more backlist titles that move more slowly. Competitors cry foul. Some go under. Publishers are driven out of business, or need to consolidate with other publishers to survive. Am I talking about Amazon, whose $9.99 e-books drove publishers into a conspiracy, or the recent consolidation of Random House and Penguin? Actually, no—I’m talking about Barnes & Noble in 1974. Futurebook is carrying an essay by Tim Coutis, from...

Barnes & Noble bookseller LiveJournal community offers candid, depressing look behind the scenes at B&N stores
December 19, 2013 | 7:31 pm

Over on The Passive Voice, I found a link to a LJ community where Barnes & Noble employees anonymously discuss their work lives. I’ve been reading through a few comment threads, and wow is it depressing. You would sort of expect Barnes & Nobles to be decent places to work, wouldn’t you? All the books, the surrounding of pure distillate of culture on every shelf. It’s not an “everything store” for cheap and shoddy goods like Wal-Mart, after all. Surely they pay their employees a decent wage and treat them decently, right? Right? …wrong. The comments...

In The Adventures of a Village, the story literally unfolds
December 19, 2013 | 1:17 pm

You've heard of pop-up books, right? Well, here's a book that takes the same basic idea of a pop-up book in a new direction. Rather than having you pull a tab, this book lets the reader unfold the story step by step. The Adventures of a Village is the work of artist Julie Stephen Chheng, and it lets you decide how to tell the story by choosing which section of the page to unfold. There are in fact a couple different stories in this one book. The village couple be attacked by a sea monster or invaded by aliens, and the...

Buying books? Don’t forget batteries!
December 12, 2013 | 8:30 pm

bookbatteriesBecause they’re not included... (Original picture on imgur.)...

‘Stacks’ documents abandoned stacks of library books
December 12, 2013 | 4:10 pm

Fullscreen capture 12122013 40715 PM.bmpA photographer was walking through a library when he was struck by the peculiar juxtaposition of titles in a stack of books waiting to be reshelved: Two books about fighter aircraft and air superiority sandwiching Sex, Sexuality, and the Anthropologist. It, and a couple of other such stacks he found later on, tickled his fancy enough to cause him to begin haunting the library and taking pictures of abandoned stacks of books as an art project. He has over 800 of them by now. I must admit, this is one area where e-books tend to fall short. You’re not...

Confessions of an eBook Fanatic
December 12, 2013 | 10:59 am

Book Riot has a great post up this week about book 'fanatics' which begins with 'I don't care if you dog-ear my pages...' The author then enumerates all the so-called sacrilegious ways he treats his precious books, including cracking the spines, highlighting and annotating, using the frontispiece as writing paper and so on. It had me thinking about ways I do (and don't) behave as a typical ebook reader. Without further ado... 1) I don't care what fonts the publisher has chosen. Sorry, professional typesetters of the world! One of the things that sold me on Kobo vs Kindle...

What Nelson Mandela, Kayne West, Neil Gaiman, and Noel Gallagher have to say about books
December 6, 2013 | 10:15 am

nelson mandelaI hope this picture essay doesn't take Nelson Mandela's great name in vain. But I think he'd approve. And I think you all can get the point. And from Kayne West, showing his take on how we gonna make the black nation rise: Or Neil Gaiman: Or Noel Gallagher of Oasis: And the latest PISA international education scores from the OECD, via the BBC: I hope the lesson's clear. Book haters are the agents and accomplices of tyranny and slavery. Always and everywhere. Book lovers are the force for freedom....

Best Reads of 2013: Juli’s Picks
December 3, 2013 | 4:40 pm

Best Reads of 2013We've already had Joanna's picks for 2013. Now it's time for my best reads of 2013. Most of these I reviewed earlier this year, so please refer back to the reviews for more information about them. Blood Song by Anthony Ryan A nice high fantasy book that started as self-published and then got picked up by Penguin and re-released. I read the Penguin version, and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's an excellent example of self-pub to traditional. It's the first book in a series. Book 2 is available for pre-order and doesn't come out until July of next year, but don't worry. No cliffhanger...

Joanna’s Best Reads of 2013
November 28, 2013 | 12:46 pm

best reads of 2013It's that time of year again! As promised, I am leading the pack with Teleread's Best Reads of 2013. It was slim picking, in some aspects---I'll come in at just under 50 books, which isn't too small a pond to pick from, but several of them were series books and anthologies so that gave me less to choose from. These weren't necessary the best books published this year; they were the ones I enjoyed, from wherever I may have found them. Hope this gives you some titles to add to your list next year! 1) The [easyazon-link asin="B0071XO8RA" locale="us"]Wool Omnibus Edition (Wool...

Alicia Martin and her sculptures from the bookocalypse
November 27, 2013 | 2:30 pm

alicia martinFor images that express and dramatize the crisis in the printed word, you could do worse than the sculptures and installations of the Madrid-based sculptor Alicia Martin, who has been producing images and effigies incorporating books in radical, highly stressed arrangements since the mid-1990s. Her work includes commissions directly linked to books, libraries, bookshops, and literary culture, as in her site-specific project "Palíndromo" for the Prize Goncourt des Lycees at Fnac Montparnasse in Paris in 2007. More recently, we have "La fuerza de la palabra" (The Power of the Word), at the Colección MUSAC in the  Instituto Cultural Cabañas at Guadalajara...

Conspiracy theorist pens John F. Kennedy novel from ‘third perspective
November 21, 2013 | 12:49 pm

john f. kennedyDouglas Brode has published an ebook titled "Patsy," which looks at the assassination of John F. Kennedy from a  very different perspective. I previewed his book  earlier this year at TeleRead, and with the 50th anniversary of JFK's assassination coming up now, here's an update. Brode's thesis is that Lee Harvey Oswald was a "patsy" -- a fall guy -- for a much deep conspiracy. To read his ''non-fiction narrative'' of a novel is to relive the Kennedy assassination in a totally new way. It won't be everyone's cup of tea, but that's what visionary writers are for: to push their...

Canadian editor designs webzine to archive Cli-fi ebooks, novels
November 6, 2013 | 12:20 pm

cli-fiIf you start browsing the Web for ebooks and novels about climate change issues, within minutes you will come upon the webzine, which has “Cli-fi lists” for dozens of climate-themed ebooks and novels, with a submit button promising the addition of more cli fi novels listed there in the future. The website is the brainchild of Canadian writer and editor Mary Woodbury, a Cli-fi novelist herself who runs Moon Willow Press in Coquitlam, British Columbia. Woodbury says that her list of Cli-fi novels (with cover art) is a work in progress, and that anyone can contribute a title. She is carrying...