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Comics Sales Go Pop!

Comic books – and graphic novels, their book trade cousins – are no laughing matter. The characters between these covers are usually troubled souls, and the situations they confront range from disturbing to dire. The scenario for the comic book business is anything but dire, however. According to a recently published report on the North […]

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Book Titles Top the Ticket

In an unconventional political year, no one should expect conventional party conventions. As the Republican gathering in Cleveland this week gives way to the Democratic meeting coming to Philadelphia next week, that is the only reliable prediction. Politics and publishing are long-time bedfellows, of course. Biographies, manifestos, exposes and histories reliably ride the campaign coattails. […]

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Where Publishers Find New Staff Isn’t Far

The fundamental quarrel for publishing and technology is the struggle between culture and commerce. This left brain/right brain dichotomy, says analyst Thad McIlroy, explains why the book business continues to fight an uphill battle in the Digital Revolutionary War. In June, the US federal government’s Bureau of Labor Statistics counted up the slaughter on that […]

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Hayden Confirmation And Why It Almost Wasn’t

In a highly-charged political year like 2016, every issue is viewed through glasses with one red lens and one blue. About the only thing non-partisan on Capitol Hill is the menu in the cafeteria (at least, now that Freedom Fries are history). This week, politics surprisingly even found their way into the Library of Congress, […]

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Audible Makes Some Noise

Sometimes, all it takes to get everyone’s attention is to raise your voice. When it comes to audiobooks, Amazon has announced it’s taking just that approach, and pumping the volume on Audible, which it owns. On Wednesday, the Amazon subsidiary unveiled Channels, an on-demand and unlimited listening service. The ad-free programming, which is free to […]

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What Brexit Means for Books

When voters across the United Kingdom choose to Leave the European Union rather than Remain, questions were raised that may go without answers for weeks, months, and even years. The catch-all term for what lies ahead of the Brexit referendum is “uncertainty.” From stock markets to real estate, party politics to food and drug regulation, […]

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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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