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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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…

In his Copyright and Technology Blog, Bill Rosenblatt has an interesting column looking at the Owners’ Rights Initiative, a lobbying coalition of interested parties who have united under the slogan “you bought it, you own it,” seeking to promote the right to resell digital property. The group includes used book vendors such as Powell’s, movie [...]

Portland, OR and New York, NY,—On Friday, May 4, Powell’s Books, Inc.  launched the Espresso Book Machine (EBM) at its legendary City of Books flagship store location at 1005 W. Burnside, Portland, OR. The EBM brings a revolutionary book-publishing technology to one of the most respected independent booksellers in the world.

Google Book Search announced Monday that it is launching a set of free tools that will allow retailers, publishers and anyone with a Web site to embed books with the Google Book Search functionality into their sites. These tools may be accessed at http://Code.Google.com/apis/books An entry posted on the Google Book Search blog (http://www.BookSearch.BlogSpot.com) by the program’s Product Manager Alex Diaz stated: “We are also providing new ways for these sites to display full-text search results from Book Search, and even integrate with social features such as ratings, reviews and readers’ book collections. By providing tools that help sites connect readers with books

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

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