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Authors United monopoly claim against Amazon is fairly unconvincing

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

A couple of interesting pieces on the Authors United matter popped up today. In the New Yorker, Vauhini Vara looks at the united authors’ arguments put forward in their letter. Calling those [...]

Kinokuniya snaps up 90% of Murakami book to keep it away from Amazon

By Chris Meadows
August 25, 2015 // 1 Comment

Well, that’s one way to fight Amazon. According to Publishing Perspectives, Japan’s largest bookstore chain, Kinokuniya, has announced it is buying up 90% of the first printing of Japanese author [...]

Hummingbird Digital Media seeks to compete with Amazon, ‘democratize e-book retailing’

By Chris Meadows
August 22, 2015 // 0 Comments

Here comes another Amazon competitor. Shelf Awareness reports that a new startup called Hummingbird Digital Media, founded by American West Books who supplies books to Costco, Sams Club, and other [...]

The mystery of the U.S. 287 paperbacks

By Chris Meadows
August 17, 2015 // 4 Comments

It’s a tale fit to chill the heart of a son of librarians: earlier this year, someone was chucking paperback books out his driver side window along a stretch of U.S. 287 in Colorado. They were [...]

Start-ups in Europe look for new ways to give books digital life

By Chris Meadows
August 15, 2015 // 0 Comments

The BBC has an article looking at different ways that books (mostly e-books, but with a print example or two) can be made more attractive in the information age. One way has to do with digitally [...]

Sampling: How a research fiend saves money on e-books

By Joanna Cabot
August 14, 2015 // 2 Comments

New hobbies can wreck a teacher’s budget, especially if she’s a research fiend. How to afford the books that will bring me up to speed on my new interests? I’m already a constant buyer. [...]

Bucharest train station uses QR codes to bring e-books into the real world

By Chris Meadows
August 11, 2015 // 1 Comment

Here’s an update on a story we covered last year, about a Romanian company developing a way to display your e-books with digital bookshelf wallpaper. Web Urbanist has some great pictures of the [...]

Independent bookstore Kobo e-book partnership fizzles

By Chris Meadows
August 5, 2015 // 0 Comments

The Denver Post checks in with independent bookstores taking part in the American Booksellers Association and Kobo’s program to allow independent bookstores to sell e-books. It finds out that the [...]

Independent bookstore refunds Go Set a Watchman purchases

By Chris Meadows
August 3, 2015 // 1 Comment

Melville House’s blog has an interview with Peter Malkin, the owner of Traverse City, MI bookstore Brilliant Books, discussing why Brilliant Books has begun offering refunds to all its customers [...]

Are e-book prices too low? No, but they used to be too high

By Chris Meadows
July 25, 2015 // 10 Comments

I missed participating in yesterday’s Futurechat Twitter hashtag chat fest, but the article that formed the basis of the discussion is interesting enough by itself. Porter Anderson poses the [...]

TeleRead Links: Amazon profits, disburses more anti-trust credit, helps publishers; bookstore turns hostel in Tokyo; and more

By Chris Meadows
July 24, 2015 // 5 Comments

Amazon shares soar on surprise profit, market value above Wal Mart’s (Reuters) Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) shares surged more than 17 percent on Thursday as the online retailer posted an unexpected [...]

Anderson family to take Books a Million private

By Chris Meadows
July 16, 2015 // 1 Comment

Books a Million is going private. The Anderson family, who already own the majority of BAMM’s shares, have agreed to buy the rest at $3.25 per share—fifty cents over the offer of $2.75 the family [...]

TeleRead Links: Article length, mobile editors, bookstore returns, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 16, 2015 // 0 Comments

TLDR: so just how short should your online article be? (The Guardian) It’s why the inverted pyramid remains a useful model on which to craft story telling. Created for print to allow subeditors to [...]

TeleRead Links: Powell’s Bookstore, selling standalone books, Minion Yellow, and more

By Chris Meadows
July 15, 2015 // 4 Comments

Why Powell’s Bookstore Will Outlive the Kindle (Condé Nast Traveler) About half of the books on Powell’s shelves are used, most in very good condition. Loading up on used volumes with friendly [...]

Furor over Amazon review policy probably signifies nothing

By Chris Meadows
July 4, 2015 // 19 Comments

I love the smell of manufactured outrage in the morning. As posted on her blog and recounted in a Gizmodo story, writer and blogger Imy Santiago bought an independent novel, read it, and tried to [...]

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