Category Archives: book industry

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DOJ still not happy with Google’s book scanning

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

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RIP e-readers: 2010 – 2010?

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

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Get Your Rare Book Fix in Boston

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

A New Look for the Independent Online Booksellers Association

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: The site, powered by Biblio, features new, used,

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“Green” corporate book stores/sites? Think again.

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

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The Big Kindle; a Bibliophile’s Prognosis

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

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Usedbookcentral announces it will close; citing PCI compliance

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,