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SPECIAL REPORT: The Transforming Booksellers’ Landscape
May 1, 2008

The biggest news in book retailing so far this year may be Borders’ opening its first “concept store,” a new generation of superstores unveiled in February in the company’s hometown of Ann Arbor, Mich. At 28,900 square feet, the new store—the first of 14 planned to open this year—does not skimp on size, and a lot of that space is taken up by innovative features: shop-within-a-shop “destination zones” for travel, cooking, wellness, graphic novels and children’s categories; bold, new architectural designs; and a “digital center” offering services ranging from book downloading to self-publishing. “Our mission is to be a headquarters for knowledge

Distribution Goes Digital
August 1, 2007

“We are leading the pack by building a digital warehouse, which is the digital equivalent of our print warehouse,” commented Jane Friedman, president and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers, in the May issue of Book Business. This is the ultimate sign-off on the industry’s embrace of the future, and its take-back of content control from trailblazers such as Google, Amazon and Yahoo. For some years now, various technology vendors have enabled publishers to deliver electronically formatted versions of their titles for special purposes. These have included applications such as conversions to XML formats (e.g., Publishing Dimensions), proprietary e-book reader formats (Mobipocket), sight-impaired applications (National

Bloomsbury Adds “Look Inside” Reader
April 20, 2007

Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, an independent, London-based publishing house known for literary novels, children’s and reference book publishing, has collaborated with LibreDigital, a division of NewsStand Inc., on the new Bloomsbury ‘Look Inside’ online service. The service reportedly allows readers to search and preview the company’s book content on the Internet in a format that replicates the look of a printed book. Bloomsbury is currently digitizing a number of its books for the service, which will be utilized on a number of Bloomsbury divisions’ Web sites, including Bloomsbury USA, Walker & Company, A&C Black and Berlin Verlag. The new service will be available to booksellers