Book Stores Unveils Semi-Finalists in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Unveils Semi-Finalists in the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award Customers Can Now Rate and Review Semi-Finalists’ Excerpts for the Opportunity to Receive a Kindle, Inc. today announced that 836 submissions have moved on to the semi-final round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award,’s first writing competition in search of the next great novel. Each semi-finalist has a dedicated detail page for their submission on, where customers can now download a short excerpt of the entry to rate and review. Additionally, customers who rate and review at least 25 semi-finalist excerpts will be entered in the ABNA Customer Review Contest for the chance to win an Amazon Kindle. In the Customer Review Contest, Amazon will select three customer review contestants based on quantity, knowledge of the excerpt and use of language used to rate and review submissions. The three Customer Review Contest winners will each receive an Amazon Kindle, a $2,000 Amazon gift certificate and a Hewlett-Packard printer from Amazon and its partners, Hewlett-Packard, Penguin Group (USA) and CreateSpace.
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When is a bookstore worth a tourist’s time?

The Associated Press: When is a bookstore worth a tourist’s time? When it’s more than just a place to buy books.
A destination bookstore can make you feel like you’re part of the community, whether you’re grooving on the laid-back vibe at Powell’s in Portland, or tuning into the Beltway buzz at Washington’s Politics and Prose. Some bookstores offer literary touchstones, like the wooden chairs signed by writers who’ve visited That Bookstore in Blytheville, an Arkansas institution frequented by native son John Grisham. City Lights in San Francisco, once a hangout for Beat writers such as Allen Ginsberg and Jack Kerouac, draws tourists from around the world.
Any list of destination bookstores is bound to leave off some favorites. But here are nine noteworthy bookstores around the country that are definitely worth a visit.

In Vietnam A 40-year love affair with lending literature

Here's A Neat One from Vietnam. At the busy junction of Le Van Huu and Thi Sach, behind a faded green wooden door lies a small antiquated book store, a long-standing haunt of Ha Noi’s book lovers. For only VND2,000, you can rent books there from a collection of around 3,000 volumes, ranging from classic literature to animated stories.


Is this the most beautiful bookstore in the world?

This Mefi Thread points to The Boekhandel Selexyz Dominicanen, Maastricht. Located in the city's old Dominican church - which for years had been used as a bicycle parking garage - the building has been extensively redesigned by Dutch architects Merkx + Girod. From the images you can find on the web you can see that it is a bookshop made in heaven.


All Bookselling Is Local: A state-by-state analysis finds a diverse landscape

Article at Publisher's Weekly:

Conventional wisdom goes like this: for a decade, superstore expansion has barreled across the country, driving out all but a few plucky independents, turning bookselling into a monolithic industry with all the local flavor of a Banana Republic.

Fortunately, it isn't so. At the beginning of 2007, PW dispatched a team of staff editors, correspondents and freelancers to take a state-by-state look at bookselling in the U.S. In interviews with hundreds of retailers, publishers' reps and others in the book business, one undeniable fact emerged: bookselling, like politics, is local.

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Missing Your Old Indie Bookstore? So Does He.

Nostalgic piece by by Monty Manley in BlogCritics recalling an unidentified and now-closed bookstore , where he spent "many long hours sitting in those musty old wingback chairs, poring over some book I had bought or meant to buy or couldn't afford but still wanted to read. It was a special kind of heaven that only other bookworms can probably understand."


For DC Area Children's Bookstore, an Unhappy End

A Likely Story , the beloved Old Town (Alexandria, VA) children's bookstore, won the industry's prestigious Pannell Award and was voted the most outstanding children's bookstore in the nation. For two decades, the bookstore, and especially its children's story time, were fixtures in the lives of many families.

On Nov. 21, A Likely Story hosted a deeply discounted "thank you" sale and closed its doors forever.


Al Mutanabi Book Market Coming Back To Life

NBC News Producer Michele Neubert Reports the Al Mutanabi book market – the longtime literary and creative nucleus of Baghdad - is coming back to life.

"I've had conversations there I haven't been able to have for years. It’s just so free. It's brilliant,"

Battle over books breaks out in Westhampton Beach

A tiny Westhampton Beach bookstore has become the frontline in a battle over the written word. Terry Lucas, owner of The Open Book on Main Street, has fortified her shop with handmade signs, the protests spelled out in glittery letters. "We have fREADom," one poster reads. "Reading=good. Censorship=bad," another sparkles.

"The issue as we see it is not taking anything out of the library," he said. "The core of this issue is whether these two pieces of work are age-appropriate and belong on the list. I don't see this as a censorship issue."

Former employee who took a leaf out of Amazon’s book

The Times has a prfile of Andrew Crawford . They say the notion of competing with Amazon, the internet retailing giant, may appear daunting. But it did not deter Andrew Crawford who took on the online bookseller and has prospered. By 2004 he was free to follow his dream and so, with £10,000 of his own savings, he built a website and the Book Depository ( was born.

The company has a single simple aim – to try to make all books available to all people. Crawford said: “If there is knowledge out there we should be trying to distribute it. That basically has been my mission all the way through.”



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