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Clicks to Bricks?

Books are the longstanding foundation of Amazon’s e-commerce retailing experience. Last fall, ahead of the holiday shopping season, Amazon moved beyond one-click shopping and opened its first brick-and-mortar bookstore in Seattle. This week, signs pointed to many more such physical storefronts to follow. “While discussing the fourth quarter results of shopping mall developer General Growth […]

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Amazon and The Empty Storefronts Mystery

At the American Booksellers Association’s Winter Institute meeting this week in Denver, indie booksellers heard their online nemesis Amazon branded a monopolist and a tax evader. Douglas Preston, who has led the Authors United movement to force the Dept of Justice to charge Amazon with antitrust violations, even told ABA members that the company is […]

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The Threat From Amazon

On Wednesday, January 27, in Washington, the New America think tank plans an open discussion on “Amazon’s Book Monopoly : A Threat to Freedom of Expression?” with author Scott Turow and Smashwords founder Mark Coker,” among others. New America says it is “committed to the solution of public problems” and clearly for many authors, Amazon […]

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The Risks of Reporting From North Korea

The 38th parallel dividing the Korean peninsula is not the only line Suki Kim has ever crossed. An award-winning novelist and a journalist, Kim emigrated with her family from Seoul to New York City when she was 13. Over a number of officially sanctioned visits to North Korea, she reported for the New York Review […]

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Librarians Face “Quiet” 2016

The new year has opened quietly for the book world, but particularly in the e-book market. Barring the unexpected, 2016 sizes up as a period uninterrupted by game-changing new devices and disruptive business models. Even in these tranquil times, though, the winds of change are blowing. In the nation’s libraries, e-book circulation continue their climb, […]

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Supreme Appeals

William Howard Taft, the only American ever to serve both as President of the United States and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, noted that “Presidents come and go, but the Supreme Court goes on forever.” That longevity has a lot to do with the lasting influence of important court rulings, and a little to […]

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Best Practices, Big Worries In PubWest Survey

The recent PubWest Best Practices Survey asked association members to share details on what works best for them in sales, marketing and distribution. In a discussion with CCC’s Chris Kenneally, PubWest executives Kent Watson and Zoe Katherine (Katie) Burke shared highlights that reflect the dynamic, if agitated business environment.

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Votes Tallied for Best 2016 Political Books

Much is made of television debates and social media for their influence on voters, but even in the election of 2016, books remain critical. Those willing to read more than 140 characters are rewarded with insights and analysis beyond sound bites and gotcha moments gone viral. Publishers Weekly’s annual Spring Announcements – coming in the December 21 issue – lists the titles that get the editors’ votes.

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Stocks No Place For Books

The stock market is no place to be if you’re in the bookselling business. This week, one listed company vanished from the trading roster, and another saw its share price fall as fast as a dropped copy of War & Peace. The nation’s largest bookselling chain Barnes & Noble has reported that its most recent […]

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Publishing Innovation The Lean Six Sigma Way

Measurement and analysis: These are fundamental activities in the laboratory. Together, they help to guide researchers toward discoveries and innovation. As elements in the Lean Six Sigma management doctrine, measurement and analysis help identify deficiencies in a given organization and to address business problems. “Lean Six Sigma” and its doctrinal parent “Six Sigma” have seen […]

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