Ada’s Technical Books shows how bookstores can survive in an e-book world

By libertyc
November 8, 2013 // 1 Comment

Here’s an interesting story about a Seattle bookstore that’s moving into new quarters—the quarters used by an old Seattle bookstore that moved. Ada’s Technical Books is moving into the old [...]

Amazon Increases Minimum Order for Free Super Saver Shipping to $35

By libertyc
October 22, 2013 // 1 Comment

You know how you could get “Free Super Saver Shipping” on qualifying Amazon items by ordering at least $25 per order? Those halcyon days are behind us now. Today, Amazon announced it is bumping [...]

The Future of the Traditional Bookstore

By libertyc
September 11, 2013 // 0 Comments

Here’s more digital ink being spilled on this topic: what should the bookstore do? With ebooks on the rise, print on the decline and increasingly, shelf space being occupied by non-book items, [...]

Why Indigo's Boutique Model is Succeeding

By libertyc
August 19, 2013 // 4 Comments

I wrote earlier about a mysterious walled-off section that just went up at my local Indigo, announcing the impending arrival of something called “Indigo Tech.” This morning, there was [...]

Summer heat turned up on Amazon in UK media

By libertyc
July 3, 2013 // 0 Comments

The UK activism and media heat on Amazon seems to be reaching a fever pitch as temperatures rise, with British newspapers trumpeting the results of a Booksellers Association survey concurrent with [...]

Are Bookstore Experiences the Way of the Future?

By libertyc
July 2, 2013 // 1 Comment

I’ve seen a flurry of articles lately documenting the increasingly shrinking quantity of shelf space in bookstores being devoted to actual books. My local Indigo has an entire level that stocks [...]

The French get exceptionally stupid

By libertyc
June 5, 2013 // 7 Comments

The French state has launched its latest battle against change and reality with an attack on Amazon, with Aurélie Filippetti, the Minister for Culture and Communication in the embattled government [...]

Meet Waterstones Academy, a college for booksellers

By Dan Eldridge
February 25, 2013 // 0 Comments

The Bookseller recently published what appears to be a very interesting article about a sort of bookseller’s university that Waterstones—the UK-based bookstore chain—plans to open at some [...]

Pay to play: Would you pay to browse for books?

By libertyc
February 12, 2013 // 13 Comments

Would you pay to browse a bookstore’s shelves? Victoria Barnsley, CEO of HarperCollins UK & International, discussed that concept during a recent interview on BBC’s The Bottom [...]

A girl walks into a bookstore and asks for help…

By libertyc
July 27, 2012 // 8 Comments

Found this amusing little anecdote over on Not Always Right, the site where people post their stories of hilarious encounters with rude or obnoxious customers, and chuckled for quite a while [...]

Nook news: Sale, market cap, and NFC chips

By libertyc
May 2, 2012 // 0 Comments

In honor of Mother’s Day, Barnes & Noble has chopped $20 off the price of its (non-glowlit) Nook Simple Touch, which can now be had for $79, and the Nook Color, which is now $149. The sale [...]

Bookstore, or Retail Ecosystem? by Ted Striphas

By libertyc
March 14, 2012 // 4 Comments

I’m on the road right now, so unfortunately I don’t have time to compose a blog post of the usual length. But since I promised last week that there’d be new content here, now, I figured it [...]

The 20 most beautiful bookstores in the world

By Paul Biba
March 9, 2012 // 0 Comments

This is quite a collection, as compiled by Flavorwire.  Check it out: With Amazon slowly taking over the publishing world and bookstores closing left and right, things can sometimes seem a little [...]

Maine bookstore chain Mr. Paperback closing its doors

By libertyc
February 27, 2012 // 0 Comments

Another bookstore chain is biting the dust—this one a small regional chain with ten locations in Maine. Mr. Paperback has been around for over 50 years, but is closing its doors by the end of [...]

Amazon soon to open boutique store in Seattle, say anonymous sources

By libertyc
February 7, 2012 // 1 Comment

Remember that Amazon retail store rumor from a few days ago? Well, Good E-Reader has heard more from anonymous “Amazon sources close to the situation.” According to their sources, Amazon is going [...]

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