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Barnes & Noble Struggles

If it’s a surprise to you that the retail print book business is struggling, then you should read this week’s New Republic. Writer Alex Shepherd reports there his discovery that Barnes & Noble is operating at a loss. Should this trend continue, he warns, the outcome would be catastrophic for readers. Of course, book lovers […]

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Librarians Bring Orlando Support

Libraries provide a welcoming space for the public to explore the world’s knowledge or to enjoy the uplifting distractions of a good book. Librarians who offer such a welcome are also ready to stand for principle when the moment calls for it. On a week of disheartening news from Orlando, the impending arrival there of […]

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Sleepy E-Books Sales Over “Digital Fatigue”

What entertainment medium can possibly resist the online, digital tidal wave? The hope that books may stand where others have fallen lies in declining e-book sales; yet publishers are left pondering what is the underlying cause. This week, a respected industry analyst has put forth a theory that goes beyond the obvious suspects of pricing […]

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Making Learning Mobile

When students return to campus this fall, chances are good they won’t bring a laptop to class but instead will carry a smartphone. Students and faculty alike are looking to the ubiquitous handhelds to enhance learning. Educator and editor Michael Greer says if we are ever going to make learning mobile, we must first rethink […]

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Librarians Fight the Battle of the Budget

Whether on a campus or at the center of a community, a library always has one foot planted in the past with the other stepping toward the future. Libraries collect and share humanity’s most celebrated authors and thinkers from across the millennia, even as they search out new works and yet unknown voices. A librarian’s […]

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Good Works Make Good Publishers

There are ways to make information pay, and many of them have nothing to do with profit. It’s a generally accepted principle of business today that social responsibility enhances a company’s brand reputation. At Thursday’s annual “Making Information Pay” conference in New York presented by the Book Industry Study Group, publishers heard that good corporate […]

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Taking On the Book Pirates

Online book piracy and the weather have this much in common: People talk about them, but no one does much about one or the other. Now meet one author who has done rather a lot. When publicist and author Rhonda Rees discovered her book was available on pirate web sites, she became determined to strike […]

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More Amazon Stores Coming

On Tuesday, Amazon founder and chairman Jeff Bezos confirmed that the online retailer plans to open more physical stores. Amazon opened its first physical store, Amazon Books, in Seattle in 2015; later this year, the company will open a bookstore in San Diego. “Bezos told shareholders that operating physical stores is an experiment,” reports Andrew […]

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Fresh Winds in Chicago for BookExpo

The winds of change are blowing at BookExpo America. This week, the publishing industry’s top trade show arrived in Chicago for the first time since 2004. Hardly anyone considers the Javits Convention Center in Manhattan to be comfortable, though the book business may have become settled in at the Javits as home of BEA for […]

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Shelfie, Goodreads Try To Boost E-Books

In recent months, e-book sales figures have flattened or fallen. A pair of e-book sales initiatives announced this week could provide a boost to publishers’ digital fortunes. Shelfie, the book discovery app that allows readers to essentially digitize their print libraries through discount e-book bundling, announced a partnership with the Harvard Book Store in Cambridge, […]

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