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New Economics Rewrite Book Business
August 29, 2011

The economics of the book business are changing so rapidly the industry barely looks like it did just six months ago.

The era of the book superstores, with their big windows and welcoming tables stacked high with books, has gone into decline. Many of the country's most enthusiastic readers have already switched to less-costly digital books. Amazon customers now buy more Kindle titles than hardcovers and paperbacks.

Are There Too Many Books?
August 24, 2011

It was probably a coincidence, but on one Sunday in July, two New York Times luminaries wrote columns complaining about books. Bill Keller, the outgoing executive editor, had a piece in the magazine headlined "Let's Ban Books, or at Least Stop Writing Them." In the Sunday business section, Bryan Burroughs, a regular reviewer and himself the author of multiple bestsellers, took on the preponderance of business books in an essay called "Compelling Tales, Rarely Told Well."

Is Amazon’s New Tablet the iPad’s First True Challenge?
August 5, 2011

While Apple (Nasdaq: AAPL) and Netflix (Nasdaq: NFLX) grab most of the headlines these days, Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) lingers like a sleeping giant. But not for long. What Amazon has planned could challenge both tech giants in one fell swoop.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that Amazon will release a tablet PC by October. As more details emerge, we get a clearer picture of what Amazon will offer.

… There are even rumors surfacing … that Apple may be considering acquiring Barnes & Noble, Inc.

Goodbye, Borders Executives
August 5, 2011

Borders, the 40-year-old bookstore chain that is in the midst of going out of business, said today its senior executive team also is going out the door.

The employment of President Mike Edwards and CFO Scott Henry “terminated” as of July 29, a Borders regulatory filing said in classic passive verbiage.

Changes
August 2, 2011

One concern (paranoid obsession?) of the publishing industry is going the same route as the music industry.

Bringing e-Readers Into the Discussion
July 28, 2011

How is the e-book revolution playing out in that beloved bastion of literary fandom, the book club? That's just a recent survey sought to find.

Tablet fever cools as e-readers heat up
July 7, 2011

The American passion for tablets is declining just as e-reader growth is accelerating.
Between January and May of this year, tablet ownership in the US grew from 7 to 8 per cent of the population, according to a new report by the Pew Internet & American Life Project. Previously Pew reports, tablet sales had been climbing relatively quickly.

Fast Stats
July 1, 2011

$3.99: The retail price for the recently released 32-page comic book biography of Stephen King, "Orbit: Stephen King," published by Bluewater Productions

Sizing Up a 
Changing Industry
July 1, 2011

Almost everyone in the book business will acknowledge that we are in the midst of the most interesting, challenging and promising period in the industry's history.

Book lovers are listening to literature as never before
June 29, 2011

In recent years, the tech-savvy 18-to-24 crowd has discovering audiobooks via digital downloads - a potential threat to the traditional audiobook industry, though CD audiobooks remain the backbone of the industry, partly because of massive sales to libraries.

Desperate Times ... ?
June 7, 2011

No doubt you’ve heard that Simon & Schuster, Penguin Group USA and Hachette Book Group have agreed to create a shared website, to be called Bookish.com. They will provide start-up financing, but … at least 14 publishers will participate. … My first reaction was that this really speaks to that whiff of desperation in the air for publishers.