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 prices, then struggling home with a weighty book-filled suitcase, has become somewhat of a tradition for Portland visitors. In an era where many […]

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Many saw Print On Demand (POD) as the ultimate 'just in time' production solution to book publishing, which would wipe out all the inefficiencies of the 'just in case' approach that plagues the book supply chain. So why didn't it happen, or did it happen for some and not for others? Is there a new dawn, or just a new set of people who have been sold a pup and not looked hard at the facts?

Today we read that Barnes and Noble are installing Espresso Book Machines in three of their stores

Sometimes living in Maine has unexpected advantages beyond lobster, seaside air, and friendly people, as I discovered yesterday when learning one of the newest beta sites for the Espresso Print-on-Demand system was being unveiled at a South Portland Books-a-Million store. Publerati is located in nearby Portland.

Last September, author Junot Diaz spoke to a standing-room-only audience at Town Hall in Seattle. Within the first few minutes, he gave the city props for approving a $122 million library levy the previous month. That’s how Seattle rolls.

It’s a book town and proud of it. Seattle always ranks at the top of the list of the most literary cities, dueling with Minneapolis and Washington, DC. Amazon and Costco are headquartered here. We thought we’d head to the Pacific Northwest and see what the publishing scene is all about. And what we found was a vibrant literary community with a lot of publishing options. It just doesn’t look like what you’d expect.

Jonathan Franzen spent 50 minutes discussing the work of Austrian satirist Karl Kraus and slamming social media and modern technology, particularly Amazon, at his Portland Arts & Lectures appearance Thursday night. The author of "Freedom" and "The Corrections" seemed a little apprehensive and defensive about the content of his lecture, but he needn't have worried.  You might not agree with all of Franzen's arguments, and he sometimes came across as out-of-touch and a scold…

Starting in October, Kobo devices and e-books will be on offer at independent bookshops through a new deal with the American Booksellers Association (ABA), according to a statement from the Toronto-based e-bookseller this morning.

In January, a deal between the ABA and Google books that was intended to give independent booksellers purchase in the growing e-book market is set to expire, leaving the stores without a way to sell e-books. According to Google and independent booksellers, the program wasn’t much of a success for most of its nearly 400 participants.

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