Missoula business resurrects books old-fashioned way

Submitted by Blake on Tue, 12/20/2005 - 17:01

A Neat Report from The Billings Gazette on Shaffner's Bindery, a 40-year-old family business tucked against the hillside along U.S. Highway 93 between Missoula and Lolo.There are no computers here, no digitized machines or other forms of modern technology to do the work. Like ages past, the Old World craft of bookbinding is done by hand, with immeasurable patience, and with the assistance of 100-year-old book presses, engraving tools and a sewing machine.

Corner Bookstores Stare Down Google

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 12/11/2005 - 09:47

One From Forbes small indy book sellers and their battle with big chains, the Internet, and now with all the Internet powerhouses working to digitize books and make the contents searchable via the Web, another threat has emerged. Chuck Richard, vice president and lead analyst with Outsell, a research and advisory firm focused on the information industry, says in this kind of search-driven environment, low-cost providers will win.

How Outraged Authors Helped Block Books Firm Bid

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 12/11/2005 - 05:46

The Independent Reports Some of Britain's best-known authors are celebrating a partial victory after the Office of Fair Trading (OFT) refused to wave through Waterstone's attempt to acquire its independent rival Ottakar's.A deluge of complaints from readers, authors and publishers prompted the competition watchdog to order an in-depth inquiry into the bid last week, on the ground that it threatened a thriving book market.

California is book country

Submitted by Blake on Mon, 11/21/2005 - 14:30

This One originally ran in the Los Angeles Times. Kenneth Turan enjoys the company of books, especially on vacation. No matter which country he visits -- even such places as China, Japan or Greece, where deciphering the language is not an option -- he seeks out bookstores and hang around. So when he heard that one of the great Western concentrations of independent booksellers, more than two dozen establishments at last count, was just a few hours away from LA, a trip seemed mandatory.

2 Editors, Successful at Penguin, to Start a Book Division at Doubleday

Submitted by Blake on Sun, 11/20/2005 - 23:48

The founding editors and co-publishers of Riverhead Books, the Penguin Group imprint that in recent years brought to bookstores hugely successful works like "The Kite Runner" and the journals of Kurt Cobain, announced yesterday they would leave Penguin later this month to start a new division of the Doubleday Broadway Publishing Group of Random House Inc.NY Times Has More.

Proquest Dissertations & Theses: RSS Feeds

Submitted by Jay on Thu, 11/17/2005 - 20:40

Jay writes "Proquest just announced that new items added in its dissertation database are now available as RSS feeds. Excerpt from the web site: "The ProQuest Dissertations & Theses database includes over 2 million masters theses and dissertations, with over 60,000 titles added every year. It is a great resource for researchers in a wide variety of fields. Now, you can keep up with 'what's new' in the database using updates in RSS format.