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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.
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.
Amazon.com 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
Amazon.com, Inc. today announced that 836 submissions have moved on to the semi-final round of the Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award, Amazon.com’s first writing competition in search of the next great novel. Each semi-finalist has a dedicated detail page for their submission on Amazon.com, 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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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.
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.
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.
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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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."
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.
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,"