Anonymous Patron writes "The Long Tail is a Wired article from last year on an entirely new economic model for the media and entertainment industries, one that is just beginning to show its power. Unlimited selection is revealing truths about what consumers want and how they want to get it in service after service, from DVDs at Netflix to music videos on Yahoo! Launch to songs in the iTunes Music Store and Rhapsody.
A Neat Mefi Post on PublishAmerica. They point the way to an elaborate hoax that aimed to show PublishAmerica will publish any work, regardless of quality, despite their claims.
The Washington Post just ran a story some other troubles an author had with PublishAmerica. We recently had This Associated Press piece on them as well.
Anonymous Patron writes "Press Release From Dell Says they have teamed with the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and the Foundation for the National Archives on its "Public Vaults," a permanent exhibition designed to educate the public on the breadth and depth of national documents available for exploration."
Anonymous Patron writes "The Wired Article The Zen of Jeff Bezos quotes him as saying "We not only help readers find books, we also help books find readers, with personalized recommendations based on the patterns we see. Now if only there was somewhere ELSE people could go for that kind of service! Why can't libraries get this kind of PR?"
Anonymous Patron writes "The New York Times Reports on an interesting move by Random House Inc., the nation's largest publisher. The company has tentative plans to sell books directly to consumers through its own Web site. On Friday, Stephen Riggio, the chief executive of Barnes & Noble Inc., the country's largest bookseller, said that he was "deeply concerned" by Random House's plans to enter into his business, raising the possibility of a growing rift between the publishing companies."
Carpet One, a retailer in NW Arkansas, ran a contest to donate carpeting to a local school library and the Jefferson Elementary School (Springdale AR) was the winner. But in view of the fact that the school is soon to be replaced with a new building, Carpet One agreed to donate the equivalent sum of cash ($2,000) in lieu of the new carpet.
After a successful run of nearly 25 years, WordsWorth Books in Harvard Square is closing on Saturday. The couple who own the store, Donna Friedman and Hillel Stavis, also own a children's bookstore, Curious George Goes to WordsWorth, which they will continue to own and run.Of course, this is only the most recent in an increasing number of independent bookstores that cannot survive the growth of bookstore chains and Internet sales. Story from Bookweb