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Morning Roundup: B&N Struggles Good for Indie Bookstores? Two articles on eBook Pricing
December 12, 2013 | 9:00 am

indie bookstoreCould B&N’s Struggles Strengthen Indie Bookshops? (Indie Reader) If B&N faces the same gloomy fate [as Borders], there might be a sunny side for indie bookstores, and readers who love them. *** eBook Prices Still a Sensitive Issue for Authors, Publishers (GoodeReader) As more and more holiday shoppers scramble to finish up their holiday shopping, publishers and book retailers have taken notice and are offering considerable discounts on their titles. *** Indies Are Getting Clobbered by Big Name eBook Discounts – But Not For The Reason You Think (The Digital Reader) Indie authors are beginning to notice, and one in particular blogged about it last week. That...

Independent bookseller suit against Amazon tossed, while Barnes & Noble faces SEC investigation
December 10, 2013 | 11:44 am

Pro tip: if you're going to file a lawsuit alleging "conspiracy," have more evidence in hand than just "they did something I don't like." Andrew Albanese reports at Publishers Weekly that Federal Judge Jed Rakoff just tossed out a lawsuit filed by independent booksellers alleging a conspiracy between the Big Six publishers and Amazon to restrain trade and lock rivals out of the Kindle platform. (Gosh, those publishers sure are busy, to be involved in one conspiracy with Apple against Amazon, and then another conspiracy with Amazon against everybody else at the same time! How did they ever keep everything...

Embrace your bookworm stereotypes, with Huffington Post
December 8, 2013 | 4:42 pm

Bookworm StereotypesHuffington Post has just run a delightful and insightful piece on 31 "Stereotypes About Book Lovers" that "Are Absolutely True, And That's A Good Thing." (And we have some evidence to prove it.) But just read and enjoy. Well, no need to tell a book lover that ... Some, God forbid, take a position in the print versus digital debate. "1. You never leave home without a book," for instance, can apply equally to on-paper or onscreen book nerds. I never leave home without a couple of hundred these days - in ebook form on my mobile phone. So I never...

Morning Roundup: Amazon Most Visited Site on Black Friday, E-publishing Help Africa Switch On to Reading and more
December 3, 2013 | 9:00 am

amazonAmazon Most Visited Website on Black Friday (GoodeReader) Many US-based retailers and business owners came into the holidays this year in a state of pre-panic, which was understandable given that this year’s holiday calendar means there are six fewer shopping days between Thanksgiving and Christmas. *** Taking the Temperature of Libraries and Bookstores (Digital Book World) Ever since the late 1990s, when Amazon made its presence known as a bookseller, the only constant in the book retail marketplace has been change. *** Out of Print, Maybe, But Not Out of Mind (NY Times) Even as the universe of printed matter continues to shrivel, the book — or at...

Review: Heritage History eBooks
November 7, 2013 | 2:07 pm

heritage historyHeritage History is an intriguing web store which specializes in history-related public domain classics. The books are available in three ways: as stand-alone titles, as CD-ROM 'curriculum' bundles which include supplementary materials, and as online courses, which include quizzes and learning materials as well as download access. The site is marketed toward the homeschool community, but I think many history buffs would enjoy the books independently, and I have bookmarked a few to read myself. The CD bundles are probably the best value in terms of cost, with most of them in the $15-20 range and including 50 or so ebooks...

Amazon offers discounted hardware, e-book affiliate cut to independent bookstores with Amazon Source
November 6, 2013 | 11:16 am

kindlesourceRemember the Amazon/Waterstones partnership deal I mentioned last year, in which Amazon let the bookstore chain sell Kindles and take a commission on e-books? And the other e-reader/e-book deals that UK independent bookstores were considering? Well, it turns out Amazon is finally bringing something similar to these shores. Amazon has announced a new program called Amazon Source that will allow bookstores to Buy Kindle devices at a 6% discount from the Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price. Buy Kindle accessories at a 35% discount from...

Dutch church bookstore is a temple to the printed word
October 1, 2013 | 2:59 pm

One of the newest recruits to the global shortlist of world's most striking/awe-inspiring bookstores must be Waanders In de Broeren in the historic city of Zwolle in the Netherlands, which recently relocated to the Broerenkerk, a former Dominican monastery dating from 1466. Deconsecrated since 1983, the church has retained its monumental character, and has now been completely converted as a bookshop. As well as stained-glass windows and grand arches, other survivals of the building's ecclesiastical past include its huge organ. One of the most remarkable things about the whole project is how well the church interior seems to suit a bookstore -...

Morning Roundup: Kobo Suspends Usage of Goodreads API
August 30, 2013 | 8:57 am

KoboKobo Suspends Usage of Goodreads API (Good e-Reader) Kobo is one of the largest online booksellers in the world and currently has over 3.5 million titles available. Over the course of the last few years the company has been depending on GoodReads for book reviews and ratings. This has populated millions of titles with user generated data that influences peoples buying decisions. Michael Tamblyn, Chief Content Officer at Kobo has just confirmed that the company has suspended the GoodReads API. * * * Why Kobo Thinks Customers Will Buy Fancy E-Book Readers (Fast Company) While Barnes & Noble plays ambivalent about the future of...

A First Look at Indigo Tech!
August 29, 2013 | 2:14 pm

Indigo Tech Indigo Tech is open for business! I snapped these pics today at my local store, and it's about what I expected: a fancier Kobo kiosk, iPads and more! The various wall displays have headphones, speakers, health products such as the Fitbit, iPad creative accessories like a Crayola effects pad, and cases and accessories. The dedicated staff person moved back and forth between the main display and the separate Kobo area. I already have an iPad, and none of the displayed accessories caught my eye. But there are more Indigo stores than Apple stores, so maybe they're hoping to use that to bring...

London Bookstore Sets ‘Cli-Fi’ Table For Climate Books
August 26, 2013 | 11:55 am

Cli-FiDuring the sweltering British summer of 2013, Foyles bookstore in London did something that was a long time coming: It set up a dedicated ''cli-fi'' table with a simple yet eye-catching sign promoting fiction and non-fiction books with climate themes. Among the books seen on the table in the photograph to the right above are Rachel Carson's "Silent Spring" and James Lovelock's "The Revenge of Gaia" as well as Stephen Emmott's current bestseller "10 Billion" sitting alongside such dystopic scenarios as J.G. Ballard's "The Drowned World," John Christopher's "The Death of Grass," Joe Dunthorne's "Wild Abandon" and Liz Jensen's "The Rapture." Most...

Mega Weekend Roundup: Why the future of books is safe; new Salinger books on the way; much more
August 25, 2013 | 11:01 am

booksNew biography claims new Salinger books due out (ABC News via AP) The authors of a new J.D. Salinger biography are claiming they have cracked one of publishing's greatest mysteries: What "The Catcher in the Rye" novelist was working on during the last half century of his life. * * * Elmore Leonard's 10 Rules for Writing (KSDK via Detroit Free Press) These are rules I've picked up along the way to help me remain invisible when I'm writing a book, to help me show rather than tell what's taking place in the story. * * * Why it matters that you can't own an electronic...

Is The Main Street Trading Company Scotland’s best bookshop?
August 24, 2013 | 3:02 pm

bookshopDeep in the heart of Walter Scott country, between his own-built architectural fantasy at Abbotsford House, his favorite vantage point at Scott’s View, and his last resting place at Dryburgh Abbey, I chanced across The Main Street Trading Company—voted Independent Bookseller of the Year 2012 in The Bookseller’s 2012 Industry Awards; it was also winner of the Best Bookshop category in The Daily Telegraph's Best Small Shops Awards 2012. With accolades like that, and even against some very stiff competition, The Main Street Trading Company deserves its tag as Scotland’s best bookshop. Nestling in the lee of Eildon Hill, where King Arthur and...