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 post a review of it to Amazon. But Amazon rejected her review, and held firm on the rejection through [...]

The English Bookshop in Stockholm moves, goes big

By Paul St John Mackintosh
July 2, 2015 // 0 Comments

The English Bookshop in Stockholm, a much-loved local institution with its sister establishment in Uppsala, has just moved from its old location in the historic Gamla Stan to new and bigger premises at Södermannagatan 22, in the stylish and creative SoFo residential area of eastern Södermalm. The [...]

Kristine Kathryn Rusch on the SF generation gap

By Chris Meadows
June 12, 2015 // 4 Comments

Kristine Kathryn Rusch is compiling an anthology for Baen of classic SF stories by women, and as part of the project has started a website about women in science fiction. Along the way, one of her readers wrote to her about Andre Norton, bringing up an important point—over the last couple decades [...]

Indie bookstores off the critical list – who would know?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
May 19, 2015 // 2 Comments

An article in The Daily Beast, “Indie Bookstores Are Finally Not Dying,” draws attention to the by-now-just-a-wee-bit-well-known fact that indie bookstores as a whole are not doing so very badly in the post-disruption post-Amazon era, and as it happens are in some cases doing quite [...]

Uppsala English Bookshop hosts H.P. Lovecraft evening

By Paul St John Mackintosh
March 21, 2015 // 0 Comments

The English Bookshop in Uppsala, in business for 20 years now in Sweden’s historic northeastern city, held a special commemorative lecture and reading on March 18th, to mark the death on March 15th, 1937 of H.P. Lovecraft. The talk, “H.P. Lovecraft & the Western European [...]

Whither Foyles?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 18, 2015 // 2 Comments

Foyles, the famous London independent bookstore, has announced trading results that show it dipping into a loss for the 2014 financial year – albeit on increased turnover. Which prompts the question of how such an independent is faring in today’s book trade, and what its direction [...]

Daunt Books runs flyer promo for Recommendations

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 30, 2015 // 0 Comments

Daunt Books, the highly regarded UK bookstore chain which began with a travel focus and has since branched out into general book selling – as well as producing the savior of Waterstones, James Daunt – has a rather attractive version of the Amazon Recommendations engine: In print, [...]

Tesco bails on Blinkbox, bids bye to Blinkbox Books

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 27, 2015 // 0 Comments

Tesco has followed through on widespread predictions, and followed the sale of its Blinkbox video service and telecoms provider platform with the disposal of its other Blinkbox-branded online media ventures, including Blinkbox books. Tesco has sold its streaming music service, Blinkbox Music, to [...]

UK indie bookseller sector not dead yet apparently

By Paul St John Mackintosh
January 17, 2015 // 0 Comments

Despite the best efforts of UK business rates and rent setters, and Big Publishing, British independent booksellers appear not to have been killed off yet, but are in fact thriving, at least if a piece in The Bookseller, reporting the results of its own survey, is anything to go by. The [...]

Textbook publisher Follett threatens price-comparison browser plug-in

By Chris Meadows
January 6, 2015 // 0 Comments

A textbook price-comparison browser extension developed by textbook price finding site has come under fire from textbook publisher Follett. This extension, “Occupy the Bookstore,” sits in a user’s browser and pops up less-expensive alternative purchasing sites when the user is [...]

James Patterson gives third round of grants to bookstores

By Susan Lulgjuraj
December 16, 2014 // 1 Comment

James Patterson is at it again. The best-selling author sent another round of donations to independent books stores around the country. This time, he doled out $473,000 to 81 shops in a third round of donations, according to the Associated Press. Patterson has donated more than $1 million since he [...]

One of Budapest’s loveliest bookshops: Rózsavölgyi és Társa

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 11, 2014 // 0 Comments

One of Budapest’s most fascinating and attractive specialist bookshops, as well as the storefront for one of Hungary’s largest music publishers, is Rózsavölgyi és Társa, just off the tourist thoroughfare of Váci utca and a major feature of the Rózsavölgyi House, itself an [...]

Taiwan brings back the bookstore

By Paul St John Mackintosh
December 2, 2014 // 1 Comment

According to a recent report in CNN, Taiwanese bookstore chain Eslite is leading a renaissance of the bricks-and-mortar bookshop on the island, by focusing above all on the social experience of browsing and reading together. The chain facilitates this not only by a totally browser-friendly posture, [...]

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