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In an encouraging statement the Department of Justice indicates that Google’s revised book scanning settlement still does not satisfy its concerns about creating a would-be monopoly by the internet goliath, stating “The amended settlement agreement still confers significant and possibly anti-competitive advantages on Google as a single entity.” Its really fascinating to me that this [...]
Echoing a few of our earlier sentiments on why the Kindle would go the way of the dodo (which is, by the way, what the birds in the header of our blog are – because we’re in the printed book industry ourselves), Kit Eaton at FastCompany is calling 2010 the one and only year of [...]
One of the oldest and largest book fairs in the country, the 2009 Boston International Antiquarian Book Fair is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Browsers and buyers will have the chance to see several incredibly rare books, such as a signed, first edition of Amelia Earhart’s 20 Hrs. 40 Min., the book that chronicled her [...]
The Independent Online Booksellers Association (IOBA), a trade association dedicated to maintaining high ethical and professional standards in order to foster greater trust between book buyers and sellers, has a new look on its e-commerce site: IOBAbooks.com. The site, powered by Biblio, features new, used, rare and out-of-print books from IOBA bookseller members.
It’s time to confess: I’ve been “playing nice” during the recent explosion in e-reader popularity. It stops now.
This little video on YouTube highlights the wastefulness and environmental impact of chain and online megabookstores – and, the advantages of shopping from independent bookstores. I’d like add that used books are even more environmentally friendly, folks – so don’t forget to save some green and carbon by swinging by your local used bookstore (find [...]
Some of you may already be familiar with NativeEnergy through our partnership with them in our ecosend program. Now we’re going to help build the new Greensburg (Kansas) Wind Farm by offsetting a percent of the estimated carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from our daily operations and order shipments. On May 4, 2007 an EF-5 tornado [...]
The Buick got bigger. Amazon announced yesterday the release of the new, large format Kindle, specifically designed to appeal to students. Unfortunately, I think that its doomed to fail in the college market – at least on its own merits for three intertwined reasons. As a reader, a book industry guy, and an at-least-one-course-a-year student [...]
Longtime independent book marketplace Usedbookcentral released an announcement over the weekend that it would be closing its site after seven years, citing the pressures imposed by the credit card industry with regards to PCI compliance. PCI compliance has become an enormous burden on businesses worldwide, but particularly on small businesses. I speak from experience when [...]
In perhaps one of the best bits of book-world news that we’ve seen in awhile, the New York Times is reporting today that the US DOJ has finally opened an antitrust inquiry into Google’s book scanning project. For awhile, it was really looking as if Google was going to get away with breaking copyright law [...]« Previous Entries