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Borders opens bookshelves to digital services

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.

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Orwell's ill-tempered rant on bookselling

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.

Why the books of Manhattan will never be homeless

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."

Sick of supermarket-sized chain book stores? Around Melbourne many small specialists are thriving

"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.


Old book stalls’ numbers shrinking in Pakistan

The Daily Times In Pakistan says The number of old books stalls, used to be an attraction for students, literary persons and scholars, is shrinking in the city as most of the vendors have shifted to other businesses due to various reasons.


If It's Bought Online, It's Probably a Book

Nielsen Online recently surveyed the cyberscape that is online shopping and arrived at a lovely conclusion: Books are the most popular thing to buy online.

While South Korea far outpaced the United States in terms of online book sales, this could be chalked up to the fact that South Korea is considered an emerging market in the online business field.

Then again, buyers in the UK also purchased more books than the US. Oh well.

More from the BBC.

Indy Bookstores Closing in Droves

A hard time for the economy, and an even harder one for independent bookstores in communities small and large.

One of Boston's favorites, McIntyre & Moore will be closing in April. Upland CA's Bonanza Books is planning to close up shop at around the same time. Bookland in Stockton CA is closing, likewise McCoy Books in Seattle, and in DC and environs, Karibu Books , a small chain focused on African-American literature is closing after fifteen years. In Kingston, PA Tudor Bookshop is closing, and in the middle of ski season in Lake Tahoe, Neighbors Bookstore has shut its doors.

Topic: 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.



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