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Barnes & Noble and Google – an Amazon-beating combo?
August 7, 2014 | 6:31 pm

A widely quoted report in the New York Times details a partnership between Barnes & Noble and Google to create a same-day book delivery service utilizing Google Shopping Express. According to the report, "book buyers in Manhattan, West Los Angeles and the San Francisco Bay Area will be able to get same-day deliveries from local Barnes & Noble stores through Google Shopping Express." Barnes & Noble is already up on the icon panel of Google Shopping Express partners. With the Amazon/Hachette spat still unresolved, the NYT unsurprisingly chooses to put an anti-Amazon spin on this news, claiming that "Amazon poses a...

Virtual Unreality looks virtually imbecilic from the cover on in
July 4, 2014 | 2:29 pm

Virtual UnrealityThis is a book non-review, because it's in large part a review of a book cover. And I apologize unreservedly to any genuine worth in the contents that I may have traduced - but I won't hold my breath. Because wouldn't life be wonderful if every book cover in the world, physical or digital, told you unerringly that its contents were crap?  Plus, if you're going to try to stoke a moral panic, you'd better make sure you get it right from the off, or you're likely to wind up looking virtually ridiculous. I is a writer. I tries to be...

New York Times argues for censorship
May 26, 2014 | 4:50 pm

censorshipWell, okay, if we're being totally accurate, it's not the entire New York Times calling for censorship, just Michael Kinsley, Vanity Fair columnist, TV presenter and all-round party guy. And in the NYT Sunday Book Review, of the book No Place to Hide by Glenn Greenwald on the Edward Snowden affair, Kinsley states: It seems clear, at least to me, that the private companies that own newspapers, and their employees, should not have the final say over the release of government secrets, and a free pass to make them public with no legal consequences. In a democracy (which, pace Greenwald, we...

Salon’s Laura Miller swears off Amazon: Not many dead
May 23, 2014 | 12:44 pm

compete with amazonSalon has been the venue for plenty of gratuitous Amazon-bashing in the past. And the latest contribution is from senior Salon writer Laura Miller, who headlines her piece "Goodbye, Amazon: We’re through!" and adds, "I quit Amazon because of its monopolistic tactics. Is it impossible for book publishers to do the same?" "I used to be an Amazon Prime member myself," she admits, but continues, "I stopped buying any books, print or digital, from the company. What I knew of the predatory, proto-monopolistic practices of Amazon caused concern. I believe no single corporation should have as much control over the book...

Is the India ebook market ready to explode?
February 27, 2014 | 4:25 pm

india ebook marketIndia seems to be the next market digital publishers are looking into. And the jumpstart of the India ebook market might come sooner than anticipated. When Penguin India decided to remove and pulp Wendy Doniger’s book “The Hindus: An Alternative History,” it draw backlash from authors, educators and other publishers. The New York Times reported two Penguin India authors came forward and requested their books also be withdrawn and pulped in protest. Jyotirmaya Sharma, the author of two books about Hindu nationalism, and Siddharth Varadarajan, the author of “Gujarat: The Making of a Tragedy,” in letters to Penguin cited in The Times...

James Patterson gives money to independent bookstores
February 20, 2014 | 4:19 pm

James Patterson has started giving money to independent bookstores throughout the country. He started a program to give $1 million of his money to bookstores to use in improvements, new programs or even bonuses for employees, according to The New York Times. The grants will be given out this week starting with 55 shops, according to Publishers Lunch, worth about $267,000 in the first go-around. Patterson told the New York Times: “I just want to get people more aware and involved in what’s going on here, which is that, with the advent of e-books, we either have a great opportunity or a great problem,”...

Uncoverage: Putting a Price on Investigative Journalism
December 4, 2013 | 10:50 am

uncoverageThere are plenty of stories about Miley Cyrus and packages falling out of the sky these days. It seems that lost in news coverage is hard-hitting reporting that could actually make a difference. That’s where Uncoverage plans to step in. The site was announced on Monday in an article in the New York Times and is currently on indiegogo looking to raise $30,000. The site will allow journalists to crowd source articles and topics. The point is to give the public a voice by making it possible for them to fund topics that matter to them. But the question is will anyone pay? So...

Wife of Amazon founder reviews “The Everything Store”
November 5, 2013 | 9:15 am

everything store Editors Note: Both Susan Lulgjuraj and Joanna Cabot submitted stories on this topic, but each had a slightly different approach, so we'll run them both. Be curious what you all think. It turns not everyone is a fan. Certainly Brad Stone has learned that this week when the BusinessWeek senior writer's book was reviewed on Amazon by Mrs. Bezos herself. The New York Times caught the review for “The Everything Store,” a book on Amazon and founder Jeff Bezos. MacKenzie Bezos titled her one-star review “I wanted to like this book,” but she obviously didn’t. MacKenzie Bezos points to a mistake early in the...

Elmore Leonard, Crime Writer, Passes at 87 Years Old
August 21, 2013 | 2:05 pm

Elmore LeonardThe New York Times is one of several outlets reporting that crime novelist Elmore Leonard has passed away at 87 years old. According to the article, Leonard had his first story published in 1951 and "60 years later, was still churning out a book a year." He is known for novels such as 'Glitz' and 'Get Shorty,' some of which were also adapted for movie and television. I personally haven't read much by Elmore Leonard, but I know my father is a fan of his work, and I am sure he will be missed in literary world. ...

E-Single Review: “Searching for Dave Chappelle” by Jason Zinoman (Kindle Single)
August 18, 2013 | 2:22 pm

I find it hard to believe "Chappelle's Show" debuted 10 years ago on Comedy Central. If you’re a fan, you’re like me and throw out one-liners from the show every now and then. It was thought provoking, entertaining and just damn funny. That’s why many of us were surprised when Chappelle abruptly quit during the third season. He'd just received a $50 million contract from the cable network, but went to South Africa instead, purportedly to get away from the paparazzi and clear his head. ("I want to make sure I'm dancing and not shuffling," he famously told a reporter for...

David Carr bashes Amazon, bucks for Witchfinder General vacancy
July 16, 2013 | 2:33 pm

David CarrThe latest in a long series of analyses of the Penguin Random House merger, the Apple price fixing verdict, and the difficulties of Barnes & Noble as all chapters in some great "Lord Of The Rings"-style epic struggle against the encroaching forces of darkness in the shape of Amazon, with its regiments of marching Kindles, comes, perhaps not surprisingly, from the pen of New York Times columnist David Carr. Carr has an illustrious track record as an Amazon-basher, so it's not unusual to see more of the same on display here. Still, savor these gems: "So far, what has been bad for the...

Weekend Roundup: 5 ways to save book publishing; marathon writing sessions; Neil Gaiman (maybe) breaks a world record; and more
July 13, 2013 | 8:30 am

publishingSave 1,100 vintage science fiction books from destruction! (i09) Onondaga Public Library in Syracuse, New York, has an enormous collection of roughly 1,100 vintage books in science fiction, mystery and "other genres." But apparently, there isn't enough interest to keep them in circulation. So they're asking people to propose what should be done with them. * * * Neil Gaiman possible breaks book signing world record, doesn't recommend it (Tor blog) Not content with a New York Times chart-topping novel in The Ocean At The End Of The Lane, author Neil Gaiman might also have scooped a world record for the number of books signed in a single sitting—though it’s not an...