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Textbook prices...a very hot topic based on a recent LISNews article.
Here's an idea being implemented by the University Of Virgina, an institution created by a multi-talented patriot and great U.S. president, Thomas Jefferson: the bookstore will be renting textbooks. Story from C-Ville, the Charlottesville, VA weekly that informs us that only 2% of institutions of higher learning are going ahead with the textbook rental concept.
What do the textbook publishers think of this profit-squashing paradigm? According to Stacy Skelly, assistant director of higher education at the Association of American Publishers, they're not shaking in their loafers. Skelly, who represents some of the biggest publishers of college textbooks, says that rental programs are growing at such a small uptick that they're not a significant worry for the likes of Thompson, Houghton-Mifflin or Pearson.
If You're In India You could soon pick up the latest Robert Ludlum bestseller or a copy of the latest exploits of boy-wizard Harry Potter at your city's head post office.
In an effort to increase services and boost revenues, India Post is planning to sell books at post offices. "In today's competitive environment, it is important to provide utility services to customers. India Post has decided to sell books through its strong network of post offices across the country," said Postmaster General (Foreign Post and Marketing) Col KC Mishra.
Anonymous Patron writes "Scott Karp realized today that the bookstore has begun its slow decent into obsolescence, just like every analogue media institution. The bookstore has been replaced by the Web as the place of wonder, and there's no turning back."
Interesting musings of a Fayetteville, AR blogger Jonah Tebbets, The Iconoclast, on the subject of the public library selling books through the internet. He also touches on independent new & used bookstores selling books, buying books on-line on your own, collecting taxes at brick & mortar stores and not collecting taxes on the internet...and so on.
What think you all? Do you care where you get your books or book-related stuff? Is your primary goal to get the best price? Or something else? Or is it all (or some) a huge waste of big old trees?????? Log in, identify yourself and post your comments below.
Barnes & Noble has changed its mind about selling the OJ book. The Washington Post reports that for days Simpson's book has been in the top 100 on Barnes & Noble.com and at one point even topped the best-seller list. "If I Did It" has also entered the top 100 on Amazon.com.
Simpson has maintained his innocence in the 1994 killings in the Brentwood section of Los Angeles. Acquitted of the murders in 1995 and currently living near Miami, he has disowned the book, saying he had little do with its creation. The ghostwriter, Pablo Fenjves, has disagreed, saying "If I Did It" is based on extensive discussions with Simpson.
Article on the independent Brattle Bookshop in Boston, first opened in 1949 by George Gloss and still run by his son Ken.
Ken says, ""Some day, the Brattle Book Shop will be history -- neither of Gloss's daughters is interested in running it -- but no time soon." Like a most true booksellers Gloss says he will retire the day after he dies.
Ken Gloss also says that "within the next five to seven years, 75 percent of used bookstores will be gone..."it's the real estate and the Internet. What you pay me for is to gather the books together. The Internet does that incredibly efficiently."
Columnist Michael Lieberman adds, " The Internet cannot replace the intangibles. It can offer the books but it can't offer the vibe."
Popular blogger Steve Yegge talked about his former employer, Amazon.com, in a recent keynote at O'Reilly's OSCON: "What word comes to mind when you think of Amazon.com? Books. I worked at Amazon for seven years and it pains me to hear that but, yes, books. Books. And it's because Bezos said, 'Well, I'm going to make the Earth's biggest bookstore.' So that's what we think of. Now Jeff is a brilliant, brilliant man and he did an amazing job of branding it as 'books,' and then one day a couple of years later, he told us in an all hands—and this wasn't secret, but it's important for us to know—he said, 'We can't ride on books and music and video forever.' Why? Because they're all digitizable. Who buys a CD in China right now? They have to move into hard lines. They have to move into clothes and auctions and all this other stuff. They have to move into services. They have to, right? Because in the fullness of time—and Bezos is quite the visionary—he thinks no one is going to buy books anymore. And if your brand is tied to something that's dying then the brand is no good anymore." Watch a video of the keynote, and get some more background on its circumstances in Yegge's blog entry, "How To Make a Funny Talk Title Without Using The Word 'Weasel.'"