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Abunga.com touts itself as a "family friendly" Web site that allows its buyers to ban so-called 'saucy books' from their accounts. What's more, if enough customers block a certain book, the company removes it from the site altogether.
Just this month, the Knoxville, Tenn., site banned "The Golden Compass," a children's fantasy novel that has been targeted by religious groups as being anti-Christian since the release of the film version of the book in December. More from ABC News.
"Once I could have sold my books to any number of local used bookshops for a reasonable sum--now nobody much wants anything, aside from rarities--because everything is available online. I myself understand the attractiveness of being able to buy everything you want, but I don't like the whole outlook. It's like a billionaire buying a beautiful woman any time he wants one to sleep with--where's the romance, where's the excitement, the heartache, the attendant glories and sorrows of romance? Once it was exciting to go out 'booking'--and there were scores of places to go. But now, now. To make everything freely available makes everything seem that much less interesting and desirable. But I begin to rant."--Michael Dirda in a discussion held Wednesday at the Washington Post.
Vermont's wonderful Northshire Bookstore is getting one of those hot new Espresso Book Machines. They are proud to be the first independent bookstore in the United States—and one of only five locations in the world—to have an Espresso Book Machine (EBM) right on the premises. The EBM is a patented fully integrated book-making machine that can automatically produce a beautiful, high-quality trade-size paperback book in mere minutes...take a peek here(quicktime movie).
Prosecutors charged the owner of a long-time Ann Arbor used-book store and three other individuals in a book-selling scheme that involved hundreds of stolen textbooks from a nearby store.
Police said in court Tuesday that the owner of David's Books requested a "shopping list" of books from the three other suspects, and they stole the items for cash to feed a heroin habit.
Amazon.com offers pages of information on the book titles it sells online, including reviews. And now the reviewers are being reviewed, as customers are invited to rate a review's "helpfulness."
When you walk through the doors of Borders' (BGP) new concept store, the place feels familiar. As with any big-box bookstore, you'll find a coffee shop over here and some strategically placed leather chairs over there. And, of course, lots of books.
But follow the table of books snaking off to the right, and you'll come face-to-face with Borders' newest retail strategy: a digital center where you can download music or books, burn CDs, research family histories, print pictures and order leather-bound books crammed with family photos — with help from clerks who know how to do those sorts of things and won't embarrass you if you don't.
An Interesting Boing Boing Post with an essay by George Orwell from 1936, "Bookshop Memories." It's a hilarious, ill-tempered, mean-spirited and vastly entertaining rant about what's wrong with the booky trade -- sure to be appreciated by recovering booksellers like me, and bookstore junkies.
But as soon as I went to work in the bookshop I stopped buying books. Seen in the mass, five or ten thousand at a time, books were boring and even slightly sickening. Nowadays I do buy one occasionally, but only if it is a book that I want to read and can't borrow, and I never buy junk. The sweet smell of decaying paper appeals to me no longer. It is too closely associated in my mind with paranoiac customers and dead bluebottles.
The men are regulars at the Strand, book-scavenging semipros who help the city's best-known used-book store keep its shelves stocked. They have no overhead, no employees and no boss. They also have no home. What they have is experience, and a fitful sense of industry.
"Perseverance," Germain said. "Other people fail at this because they don't persevere."
"NO ONE running an independent niche bookshop is in it for the money," says The Haunted Bookshop's owner, Drew Sinton. "If you want to earn money as a bookshop owner, you do what Angus and Robertson does, all books for all people." Running a haunted bookshop may be unusual, but the decision to make a career and lifestyle change by running a niche bookshop is far from unique.