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eCommerce Times has a Business Oriented Story that says Wall Street seems to be looking for Net booksellers to have an exterior safety net, such as additional product categories or offline partners, and they may have little margin for error to remain in business.
\"Overall online retail sales still represent 1 percent or less of all retail sales in the U.S., so there\'s still a lot of growth opportunity, but we\'re certainly seeing a flattening of the curve for books because it\'s one of the most mature online industries.\"
Bob Cox passed along This NYTimes Story on whether so much low- price competition may have squeezed the market for high-quality illustrated art books out of the national chains and back to the more esoteric world of museum shops and boutiques, a serious challenge to the established publishers that had come to depend on a mass market.
\"Without the chains you can only be so successful, even for high-end books,\" said Sharon Gallagher, founder of D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers, which distributes other publishers\' illustrated books and a few of its own. \"But they may not be the best place to sell some very high- end art book any more.\"
CBS News President Andrew Heyward said he refuses to read
former news correspondent, Bernard Goldberg\'s best-selling book \"\"BIAS: A CBS Insider Exposes How the Media Distorts the News.\" According to Heyward, \"I\'ve heard everything in there a thousand times after working with him for 20 years.\" Goldberg first came under fire when he publicly exposed the the television news media in an article he published in the Wall Street Journal. More
Someone passed along Adrian Johns\' Ten Things You Didn\'t Know about Your Books.
Like, Who invented printing? Typography wanted to be a science as well as an art. In the eighteenth century, \"lascivious\" or \"obscene\" books were among the most profitable of all.
And seven more gems.
Cathi Stevenson is going to be offering nonprofit, or \"good cause,\" Canadian organizations such as schools, churches and sports teams a viable way to raise money through print-on-demand books. Once the concept catches on she will offer her services to organizations in the United States.
The story is a little light on the deails, but it seems like something with applications in the library world.
This may or may not be the company, I\'m not sure.
\"Whatever the factors—rent spikes, chain domination, reading-allergic citizenry, publishers\' high price tags—it was hard for a bookstore lover not to notice all the closings in 2001. \"
They say Snicket\'s \"Series of Unfortunate Events\" and Rowling\'s \"Harry Potter\" are becoming a tag-team of sorts as children go back and forth, reading and rereading the series. Both are accomplishing what few others could since Dr. Seuss - they\'re making reading cool.
The Library of Congress has recently signed a five-year,
multi-million dollar contract, with a Pittsburgh, PA preservation company, to remove the acid from one million books. The project is focusing on books dealing with the United States. More
They say there\'s only so much time. And there are so many great books. And every year more books are published, some of which will be great. Reluctantly, the reader begins to acknowledge the appalling necessity of choosing to read certain good things and not other good things.