Bookstore flies in face of chains

An Anonymous Patron writes "Indianapolis Bookstore flies in face of chains: Big Hat Books opened to readers last weekend in Broad Ripple. The general-interest store is the latest addition to the list of Indianapolis' tiny pool of independent bookstores., the e-commerce marketing arm of American Booksellers Association, lists only five such bookstores in the area."


Choosebooks is Folding

Choosebooks, a competitor of is going out of business. Choosebooks had a different business model in that they did not charge booksellers to list their books but did charge a commission on sold books. A copy of the email sent out to booksellers saying that Choosebooks is closing can be found here.


Small Scale Sybase Database Now Free for Linux

pv_sapl writes "This Slashdot article informed me that Sybase is releasing for free (as in beer) Enterprise Database for Linux. There are limitations of course, and they are: 1cpu, 2gigs of ram, and a 5gig database size. Although I find this in the similar vein of Microsoft's MSDE, the potential for smaller libraries to be able to buy into Horizon a lot more attractive. That assumes naturally that Dynix gets such license permisions from Sybase. And don't forget about Linux emulation, meaning you can try to run this Enterprise Database on other Operating Systems.."


Hidden treasure: Store owners find the forgotten inside pages of books

Anonymous Patron writes "Check out Store owners find the forgotten inside pages of books, on Linda Schnelbach and Katherine DeLoach, owners of Linda's Used Books, in CA. After more than 20 years in the used-book business, Schnelbach and daughter DeLoach said they know that between the pages there can be some unintended surprises.

Dried flowers, love letters, post cards, family photos, money and cards are just a few of the things local librarians, used-book lovers and bookstore owners find. They are mementos placed inside and long forgotten. "


The Best of Book Sense From the First Five Years.

An Anonymous Patron writes "Book Sense celebrates their five-year anniversary in 2004, and they've put together The Best of Book Sense From the First Five Years.
The list is the result of voting by independent booksellers across the country, who cast ballots for the titles they most enjoyed hand-selling over the past five years."


MSN and Amazon Reveal Search Strategies at WWW conference

Search Engine Optimization writes "Microsoft Has Announced Microsoft and Amazon will embelish and add a new dimension of Esoteric Searching capabilities in their quest to FINALLY develop their own search engines. Relevancy SERPs is not the only priority - it seem ease of use and non-standard searching will also be prioritized. This was revealed at The 13th annual World-Wide-World Conference currently taking place in New York CITY and their prestigous keynotes."


Beware of 'dark side' of database

Anonymous Patron writes ", the largest thing going in the for-pay genealogy world, inspires many genealogists to swear by it and some researchers to swear at it.

But some of the 2 billion names contained in its databases primary sources turn out to be difficult to pin down.

The Lebanon, PA, Daily News has the article. Though the issue isn't really explored much here, they raise a good point, always check your sources."


At Avenue Victor Hugo, remembrances of good books past

The Boston Globe Reports On a second-hand bookshop on Newbury Street in Boston called Avenue Victor Hugo. On June 1, after nearly three decades in business, the shop will close.

It's a sad time for the bookseller, whose shop has given him much pleasure over the years and provided him with a refuge where he can ply his trade in peace.

McCaffrey offers many reasons for the failure of his shop and other small, used-book stores: People would rather watch television than read; they would rather go to a well-organized Barnes & Noble at the mall than a cluttered bookstore off the beaten path; and they would rather buy used books on the Internet, where the prices are often cheaper.


Small booksellers get big picture

Bob Cox writes Ann Arbor news has this story on a new technology to help small booksellers compete with the "big guys."
"One of the firm's first and most satisfied customers is Karl Pohrt, owner of the Shaman Drum bookstore in downtown Ann Arbor, who calls the technology nothing short of "revolutionary."

"I think it's essential for independent booksellers to move up to the next level," Pohrt said."


Slashdot | Amazon Search Bar Will Track Your Browsing

To update our recent story on's search engine, Anonymous Patron sends us some concerns by way of Slashdot. AP writes "You install the toolbar, then all your Web browsing, as well as all your searching, is stored as well." Slashdotters ask, "Where is all the media hype about this privacy issue?"



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